I feel like I did as a kid when I brought home a good report card from school.

We recently received our mid-year Crime Index Report compiled from data reported to the Washington State Sheriffs and Police Chiefs from law enforcement agencies across the state. The information gives a snapshot of how we compare with the first six months of 2006.

The statistics track crimes reported by agency, county, offense, rate per 1,000 population and percent of change, 2006 to 2007. Crimes tracked are in two major categories - violent crime and property crime. Included in violence crime are murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Property crime includes arson, burglary, larceny (theft) and motor vehicle theft.

This data helps determine the validity of past strategies and can give direction to future decisions on how best to utilize resources. Compared to the first six months of 2006, this year's results so far are encouraging.

? Total crime index offenses are down 30.8 percent.

? Rate per 1,000 is down from 23 percent to 15.8 percent.

? Violent crime is up slightly to 8.1 percent (total of all categories).

? Property crime is down to 32.2 percent (total of all categories).

Given the overall reduction in all crime index recorded for the past year of 2006 as compared to 2005, coupled with these mid-year results, our strategy of marshalling our resources to fight narcotics trafficking is working. In fact, when all mid-year data for the cities of South Bend, Raymond and Long Beach is compared with ours, we show a percentage of 13.9 percent decrease in all criminal index crimes reported for the entire county. PACNET is working to lower drug crime in our county and is having a dramatic positive affect on our total crime rate as well. The link between drug crime and nearly all criminal activity is obvious.

With all local, state and federal law enforcement agencies cooperating from January 2007 to October 2007, PACNET has generated 15 narcotic search warrants, 35 felony arrests for drug trafficking, 113 additional related charges, seized six vehicles, $3,733 in cash and one residence. On a regional level we have participated in 15 out of county investigations or search warrants with our regional Drug Task Force partners in Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis and Wahkiakum counties. We're proud of our success but realize that it hinges on your confidence in us and willingness to get involved by reporting suspicious activity.

We have many challenges still facing us. Consistent 24-hour coverage for our citizens, major crime investigation and animal control to name a few. We are committed to finding solutions and improving service to you.

It's exciting working with you and our law enforcement partners to accomplish goals ogether that none of us could have done working alone. Let's keep going.

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