As a longtime neighborhood volunteer, I’ve been impressed with the efforts of Ronnie Roberts, Olympia’s new police chief, to find creative ways to stretch his department’s limited and diminishing resources to keep our community safe.
Chief Roberts’ initiatives include proactively reaching out to neighborhoods to keep them informed about crime trends, forging partnerships with community groups to bust graffiti, and reassigning his lieutenants to specific regions of the city to strengthen relationships between officers and the community.
These new approaches are making a difference. However, without additional resources, many of these innovative and more collaborative approaches to community policing will be put at risk.
For this reason, I strongly encourage you to vote yes on Olympia’s public safety levy.
The levy would increase Olympia’s sales tax by 1/10 of one percentage point (one cent on a $10 purchase) to restore, maintain, or enhance many critical public safety programs. These include the downtown walking patrol, the downtown ambassadors program, domestic violence assistance programs, school resource officers, anti-graffiti efforts, and neighborhood emphasis patrols and Block Watch programs.