How does our community’s police staffing compare to similarly sized cities?

Our community has the lowest officer to citizen ratio in the State of Washington (0.45 officers per 1,000 residents, compared to an average of 1.19 for similarly sized cities. While this formula is not the only measure used to establish police staffing levels it does give a glimpse into our staffing challenge.

Our officers also handle a higher-than-average number of calls for service than neighboring jurisdictions. This reduces the opportunity for pro-active police work, to include follow-up investigations, traffic enforcement, neighborhood patrols, and community engagement.

2021 Dispatched CallsCommissioned Officers per 1000

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1. Why is the City discussing a ballot measure to increase funding for Public Safety?
2. How much do I currently pay for police services in University Place?
3. I pay thousands of dollars every year in property tax. Why does so little go to the City for public safety expenses?
4. Why isn’t the amount I pay in property taxes to the City enough?
5. Why can’t the City just fund Public Safety and then cover the other City functions with whatever is left?
6. Would a property tax increase tax apartment complexes equally?
7. Why can’t apartment complexes pay more for police services because they use more of the service?
8. How does our community’s police staffing compare to similarly sized cities?
9. Has the U.P. business community seen an increase in crime?
10. How many additional officers would be added under the plan that the City Council is considering?
11. Any other staffing additions proposed?
12. How much would this additional staffing cost?
13. How has staffing challenges affected public safety services in U.P.?
14. How would these additions improve public safety?