COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – College Place Police Chief Troy Tomaras has issued his annual crime and traffic statistics report. It shows a decline in auto thefts and burglaries, and increases in traffic crashes and narcotics arrests.
In 2018, Tomaras said College Place had 44 motor vehicle thefts.
An education campaign, which included officer outreach and videos, reminded motorists to take their keys and lock their cars. As a result of that campaign, Tomaras says that motor vehicle thefts dropped 38 percent in 2019 to a total of 27.
Burglaries were down 40 percent from 54 in 2018 to 32 in 2019. Plus, thefts are down 31 percent from 229 in 2018 to 156 in 2019.
Traffic collisions were up slightly last year due to the bad winter. There were 87 in 2019, compared to 80 in 2018.
Narcotics arrests rose by nearly 30 percent. Tomaras said that’s due to better policing.
“I tell them it’s always a close correlation with the amount of traffic stops we made,” Tomaras said. “So we’re up in our traffic stops and typically when you’re up in your traffic stops your drug enforcement will go up as well. You know looking beyond the stop is what we try to encourage.”
Tomaras praised officers for making 240 warrant apprehensions in 2019, compared to 201 in 2018. He also noted College Place saw a 31 percent drop in domestic violence crime last year
“As our city continues to grow, so does the need for policing,” Tomaras said. “Our calls for service increased nine percent in 2019.”