News and Events
Click here for the latest edition of the Crime Watch Newsletter - January/ February 2013. Included in this issue are articles about:
- Volunteer Recognition Reception
- Crime Free Rental Housing
- Nextdoor is Powering Block Watch
- Crime Victim Service Center
- City of Walla Walla Calls for Service 2012
- Upcoming Events
May 16, 2013 - 911 Dispatch receives recognition
Walla Walla Emergency Services Communications (WESCOM) is taking major steps to handle the growing number of missing and exploited children 9-1-1 calls.
Emergency 9-1-1 calls regarding missing and/or sexually exploited children could be the first step towards saving a child in your community. WESCOM has completed numerous hours of enhanced specialized training and is now better prepared to take these types of calls. WESCOM has recently become a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) 9-1-1 Call Center Partner. This program acknowledges WESCOM’s commitment to making the safety of our children a priority. Every 9-1-1 call involving a missing and/or sexually exploited child must be handled according to best practices. To promote the adoption of these best practices, NCMEC has created the 9-1-1 Call Center Partner Program. The Walla Walla Emergency Services Communications Center has incorporated the best practices in its policies and training material, making a commitment to follow these best practices. See Press Release and NCMEC FAQs for additional information.
April 29, 2013 - Prescription Take-back/shred event success
Walla Walla Area Crime Watch thanks everyone for making the Prescription Drug Take-Back/Shred event such a huge success. We owe tremendous gratitude to CI Shred for donating the use of their shred truck and to everyone who contributed to our donation jar.
There were 134 vehicles arriving throughout the day. They brought enough prescription drugs to fill four boxes with a total combined weight of 123 pounds. They also brought enough paper material to fill 18 bins at 150 pounds per bin for a total of 2,700 pounds to be shredded. See Photo Gallery.
April 23, 2013 - WA state Crime Prevention Association Award
At the 2013 Washington State Crime Prevention Association Spring Conference held in Everett, Washington April 22-24, the Walla Walla Police Department received the 2013 award for Crime Prevention Unit of the Year. Please see Press Release for additional information.
Sergeant Steve Potter, Vicki Ruley, Officer Tim Bennett
April 19, 2013 - Police Department Promotes 2nd Captain
After a strenuous round of Civil Service testing, that included a written exercise and 4 interview panels, Chief Scott Bieber has promoted Detective Sergeant Chris Buttice to fill the Operations Captain position that was eliminated in 2011 due to budget cuts. Please see Press Release for additional information.
April 16, 2013 - Sheriff's Office Welcomes two new canine officers
Please see Press Release for additional information.
April 15, 2013 - Arrest made in Saturday morning Shooting
Detectives arrested Shawn A. Crump, 21, 205 W. Chestnut, Apt. #5, for Assault 1st Degree, following the Saturday morning shooting of a 26 year old male. Crump was taken into custody Sunday morning following an interview with Detectives.
The victim was shot 3 times with a small caliber handgun while in the alley behind the 1700 block of Portland Ave. The shooting occurred at around 3:00 a.m. Saturday and was reported to police at 3:16 after the victim stumbled into the Chevron station located at 1916 Isaacs and told the clerk he had been shot.
The investigation is continuing as Detectives track down further leads.
March 25, 2013 - Sheriff's Office welcomes newest deputy
The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office is proud to introduce their newest Deputy, Christopher Johnson. Deputy Johnson graduated from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy on March 19th, 2013. Deputy Johnson graduated at the top of his class, receiving numerous awards including the class’ top #1 overall graduate award. Please see Press Release for additional information.
March 12, 2013 - The New glass blaster has arrived
We are very pleased to announce that our new glass blaster has arrived. Testing will need to be completed and then our graffiti abatement team will be out on a mission to rid our county of graffiti. Please see the City of Walla Walla flyer for information about the abatement program which includes a waiver of liability consent form.
March 3-9, 2013 - National Consumer Protection Week
March 3-9, 2013 is National Consumer Protection Week. National Consumer Protection Week and the Federal Trade Commission are joining with more than 60 federal, state and local agencies, consumer groups and national advocacy organizations in a coordinated consumer protection campaign. This campaign focuses on the importance of keeping consumers informed while providing them with free resources explaining their rights in the marketplace.
The NCPW website has information that can help consumers understand their rights, protect their privacy, avoid identity theft, recognize scams, manage their credit and debt as well as how to report fraud.
January 19, 2013
On Tuesday, January 15th the Walla Walla law enforcement community paid tribute to their volunteers.
If you have ever been to the Balloon Stampede Pancake Breakfast, National Night Out, a prescription drug take-back/shred event, a SafeAssured ID event, a Sheriff’s Foundation fundraising event or needed the service of the Walla Walla Search and Rescue Team (top-rated in WA State), you have met some of these wonderful volunteers. All of these events along with the Walla Walla Area Crime Watch and Walla Walla Sheriff’s Foundation websites and Facebook pages are all made possible because of the work of volunteers.
January 10, 2013 - Sheriff's Comments on Lepiane Sentence
Today is a sad day for law enforcement. Any time a trusted public servant chooses to violate and betray that trust, it is a bitter sting for all. The fact that Ms. Lepiane is a former employee of a prior administration makes the sting none the less for any of us at the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office. For additional information, please see the Sheriff's Office Press Release and the US Department of Justice Press Release.
January 4, 2013 - Award for National Night Out
Walla Walla has been selected as a National Award Winner (see letter) for outstanding participation in the “29th” Annual National Night Out (NNO) event. The event, held the first Tuesday in August, is designed to get neighbors and the community together with emergency services providers and stakeholders to receive information to keep friends and families more safe.
This was 6th year in a row that Walla Walla has been recognized by the National Association of Town Watch. Walla Walla placed 20th for all communities nationwide for populations 15,000-50,000.
This year’s NNO event was co-sponsored by Walla Walla Area Crime Watch and the Walla Walla Police Department.
January 3, 2013 - Calls for service up
Calls for service to the Walla Walla Police Department increased by nearly 10% during 2012, after a 3 year decline. Gang related crimes also increased by over 50% from last year. Please see Press Release for additional information.
When: June 1, 2013
Where: Borleske Stadium
Time: 7:05 pm, gates open at 5:30 pm
TICKET and T-SHIRT - $20.00 per unit
(youth & adult size t-shirts available)
TICKET ONLY - $12.00 per ticket
T-SHIRT ONLY - $15.00 per shirt
Addt'l Amount for each 2XL ($2.50) or 3XL ($4.00)
Note: Deadline for T-shirt sales is April 30th - any sales after that date will be for tickets to the event only.
The lines are being drawn in the Borleske Stadium infield as local law enforcement and firefighters prepare to face off in Battle of the Badge. The Walla Walla Sweets, partnering with the IAFF Local 404 and the Walla Walla Police Association, will bring fans an exciting start to the 2013 baseball season. On Saturday, June 1 the police and fire departments will suit up and take to the field to raise funds for local charities in a seven inning baseball game that is scheduled for a 7:05 P.M. start with gates set to open at 5:30 P.M. Please see Press Release for additional information.
There is a friendly competition between the Fire Department and the Police Department for total ticket sales with the winner receiving "home field advantage, use of the Sweets clubhouse and bragging rights."
For more information about the event and to purchase tickets ontact Vicki Ruley at 509.524.4409 (law enforcement) or Judy Jerome at 509.527.4429 (firefighters). Tickets can also be purchased from any local law enforcement personnel - please ask to see their identification. All credit card sales and any Diamond and Premier seats are only available for sale at the Sweets Shoppe, so to purchase seats behind home plate contact the Walla Walla Sweets at 509.522.BALL.