City of University Place announcement.
Hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday season. I wanted to take a moment to share my gratitude for the support so many of you have shown for your police department throughout 2021 and to share a glimpse of what’s to come in 2022.
Agents here at UP continued to receive thank you notes and gift bags throughout the holidays. On behalf of the entire department, I want to say thank you to all of the children, adults and businesses who participated in these acts of appreciation and support. I can assure you that they really make a difference for our agents. We know we are blessed to serve in such a large community and these acts were just another example of what makes University Place special.
While 2021 continued to present some challenges, in UP our crime statistics actually improved after a three-year uptrend. This is important because our staffing has remained constant, as many jurisdictions in western Washington have experienced rising crime rates along with declining staff. Watch for a future Chef’s Corner with a comprehensive review of 2021 public safety stats and highlights.
As we look to the future, we prepare for further public safety education programs in 2022. We believe that these events offer UP citizens the opportunity to stay well informed on the current challenges of public safety we face. They also allow us to get your feedback on strategies and desired staffing levels as the city grows. Watch this space for more information in the coming weeks.
Until then, however, as always, please let me know if you have any questions about public safety at UP.
Be careful. And Happy 2022.