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Federal Way crime is down across the board

The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) issued its Crime In Washington 2011 report, featuring individual crime statistics for 116 police agencies statewide that submitted data.

In 2011, Federal Way police reported significant reductions in crime across the board when compared to 2010 statistics.

The total number of index crimes in 2011 was 4,509, while Federal Way's total number of index crimes in 2010 was 5,046. That's a reduction of 10.6 percent.

The total number of property crimes in 2011 was 4,264. That's a 9.7 percent reduction from 2010's total of 4,721 property crimes in Federal Way, according to the WASPC report.

Other Federal Way crime statistics:

• Robberies: 111 (2011) vs. 152 (2010), a 27 percent reduction.

• Murders: 3 (2011) vs. 5 (2010).

• Forcible rape: 35 (2011) vs. 50 (2010).

• Aggravated assault: 96 (2011) vs. 118 (2010).

• Burglary: 700 (2011) vs. 828 (2010).

• Larceny: 2,884 (2011) vs. 3,141 (2010).

• Motor vehicle theft: 669 (2011) vs. 741 (2010), a 9.7 percent reduction.

In November 2011, Federal Way police reported that the city experienced its lowest crime rate in the city's history. This lower crime rate occurred despite reductions in police staffing during the past three years. Federal Way Police Chief Brian Wilson credited the Special Operations Unit for a 50 percent reduction in crime downtown. The unit consists of officers that focus on the transit center, city parks and the downtown core.

In 2011, Federal Way had a total of 129 commissioned police officers. Federal Way has a population of about 89,300 residents, making it the 11th largest city in Washington as of the 2010 Census. As for the number of commissioned officers per 1,000 citizens, Federal Way’s rate is 1.37, compared to Auburn (1.41), Renton (1.32) and Bellevue (1.43).

The complete Crime In Washington 2011 report can be found at www.waspc.org.

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