I want to thank David Rose of Q-13 News, LeShaun Alexander, Home Depot and Robert Thoms, Tacoma City Council, for stepping up to help focus attention on the need to address property crimes in Tacoma.
Q-13 News ran its story last week about tools being stolen from Mr. Alexander and the fact that Tacoma is the number one property crime City in the state. I am concerned and disappointed these stories continue to happen in the city I love and served for over 32 years on the Tacoma Police Department.
I wasn’t surprised because I was a member of the Property Crimes Task Force called for by City Council Member Robert Thoms.
Two of the 35 recommendations called for hiring police officers and detectives. Hiring cops would begin to restore the 60 plus officer positions that were slashed from the budget in recent years through attrition.
Thank you Council Member Thoms for clearly advocating for more investigators, more cops and for property crimes to come down. Thank you to Home Depot and concerned citizens for helping Mr. Alexander get new tools to support his family.