Statistics tell the story. During the first three months of patrolling North Bend streets, Snoqualmie Police officers were busy.
According to a recent presentation to the North Bend City Council by Snoqualmie Police Chief, Steve McCulley, his “professional and proactive” team of officers received an “overwhelming positive reaction and support from North Bend residents.” In fact, during a time of very high police call volume, McCulley’s officers received no complaints.
The seven new Snoqualmie Police Department officers working the city limits of North Bend make up two squads, with one squad providing single-officer coverage 18 hours a day and two-officer coverage 6 hours a day. The second squad has four officers that provide two-officer coverage 16 hours a day and a single-officer coverage 8 hours of the day.
Those officers responded to just over 2,000 calls during their first three months serving North Bend’s 6,500 residents – or about 675 monthly calls.
In contrast, in the first five months of 2014, officers serving Snoqualmie responded to about 575 monthly calls from Snoqualmie’s nearly doubled population of 12,500 residents.
In three months, officers serving North Bend made 528 traffic stops; 143 misdemeanor arrests; and 7 felony arrests. Officers had 17 misdemeanor drug responses; 7 felony drug responses and issued 15 DUI’s. They also responded to 34 vehicle collisions; 17 vehicle prowls thefts; 10 burglaries and 17 domestic violence calls.
Overtime hours were utilized, in part, to address the current transient issues facing North Bend, and also provided extra emphasis to support regular patrolling officers.
North Bend spent $6,650 on police overtime, which paid for 70.5 extra patrol hours and 24 transient patrol hours. Those overtime hours led to 12 additional arrests, 18 additional traffic safety infractions, 9 more warnings and produced nearly 50 foot patrols and business checks.
According to Chief McCulley’s presentation, his officers made big strides in combatting the city’s transient problem by cleaning up 40 transient camps, which has dramatically reduced the criminal transient population in North Bend, as well as general criminal activity.
The department’s physical arrest of 150 suspects was due to a “rapid, efficient and effective response to a very high volume of police and emergency calls for service” from Snoqualmie police officers serving North Bend.
Challenges were noted in McCulley’s presentation, though, like continuing to manage the high call volume, which includes a large number of physical arrests and criminal activity occurring in North Bend.
Other challenges noted were the March 9th rape at Jay Berry’s restaurant; the massive April 25th explosion on North Bend Way and the continuing criminal transient activity and related camps.