Regional Effort To Tackel Prop Crime

By Paige Browning

Six local law enforcement departments are teaming up to study crime, and catch criminals, together.  [Paige Browning reports] Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich made the announcement Wednesday.
Sheriff Knezovich said he thinks crime technology is the future of law enforcement.  He announced that a new task force will monitor crime analytics across city and state borders.
[Knezovich] “If Chief Bennett is having a huge issue in property crimes out in Airway Heights, then we can send a team in and start disrupting that crime and arrest people and get that calmed down.” (:12)
The collaboration includes police departments in Spokane, Airway Heights, Liberty Lake, and Cheney, and the Spokane County and Kootenai County sheriff’s departments.
Kootenai County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Andy Boyle says officers collaborate informally, but the new model will be better in the long run.
[Boyle] “Our criminals are their criminals, there’s no border there. There’s no border there.  They don’t see that imaginary line.  They may commit a burglary over here and steal a car and they’re doing the same thing over here in Kootenai County the next day.” (:11)
Spokane Police have been using new crime analytics software since January.  Department numbers show property crime went down 3% in the last month, and overall downtown crime is down about 17%.
King County Sheriff’s Sergeant Cindi West says the 30 or so Seattle area departments don’t have a formal data sharing tool, but are constantly talking to one another to track criminals and trends.

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