For two years, our community persevered while adjusting to the various ways COVID-19 impacted how we remained connected and united as a vibrant city. The police department switched gears and found other ways to carry out community service and outreach, critical components to maintaining your trust and support.
This past year, we partnered with Rotary of Monroe to bring back "National Night Out Against Crime." We were "Back in the Saddle" at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, providing traffic control for safe access to the fair. Our School Resource Officer returned to duty with the students for in-person learning at Monroe Schools. Along with our partners at the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, we hosted a booth at the first Monroe PRIDE event and rounded out the year with the return of our "Shop with a Cop" event, hosted by Wal-Mart.
Maintaining the safety of our community remains our number one priority. Last year, the City experienced significant declines in the number of reported burglaries, vehicle prowls, vehicle thefts, and nuisance incidents. However, we saw an increase in the number of reported catalytic converter thefts, mail thefts, and collisions.
This year, because of HB 1223’s requirement to digitally record custodial interrogations, we will roll-out body worn cameras for all uniformed staff. In partnership with the Parks Department, we will place portable video systems at city parks to help ensure the safety of park visitors, and the integrity of park properties. The public’s interest in police activities and operations continues to increase as our administrative division tackles the increasing number of public disclosure requests received each year. In 2021 alone, we processed 1,120 records requests.
As we embark on 2022, we remain optimistic in the strength of our community. The overwhelming support from residents and businesses encourages and energizes the men and women that serve our City. I am proud of the work that the officers and administrative staff accomplish each day in this ever-changing environment, and we are thankful for your support.
Yours in Public Service,
The Monroe Police Department is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in providing professional law enforcement services.
Employees of the Monroe Police Department are committed to the principles of duty, integrity, compassion, and professional growth; recognizing the value of the tenets of: