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Kent Police stepping up enforcement for July 4 Holiday

Due to the extremely dry weather and the increased chance of fires caused by fireworks, the Kent Police Department and the Kent Fire Department Regional Fire Authority are asking for people to be extra cautious than they normally would during this year’s 4th of July Holiday.

 

The Kent Police highly encourage residents to refrain from discharging fireworks this 4th of July. Instead consider going to one of the many professional fireworks displays throughout the area, such as the Splash at Lake Meridian.

 

Kent Police have been conducting increased enforcement including arrests for reckless discharge of fireworks that started a fire at a local business. The Kent Fire Department Regional Fire Authority has responded to several fires and has put out a Code Red message warning of the increased dangers and laws regarding fireworks.

 

  • As a reminder: Discharge of legal fireworks is allowed only on July 4 between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.
  • Discharging fireworks at any other time is illegal, and is subject to fines up to $250. Buying fireworks at local stands is the best way to ensure that the fireworks are legal.
  • Firecrackers, bottle rockets, missiles and rockets and homemade fireworks are illegal.
  • Discharging fireworks on any school district property or city/county park is strictly prohibited.
  • Fireworks may also be prohibited at apartment complexes or homes within an HOA. Residents should check with their property managers. 

 

Residents can assist the city with this stepped up enforcement by calling 911 when fireworks are illegally discharged in their neighborhoods.

Unwanted fireworks can be dropped off at any Kent area fire station. If the fireworks look altered or are homemade, call 911 and request assistance to dispose them.

 

For more information about the 4th of July in Kent, visit KentWA.gov/July4.

Kent is the sixth largest city in Washington with a population over 124,000.  A culturally rich destination, Kent features captivating neighborhoods, award-winning parks, and exceptional school districts. In recent years, Kent has experienced impressive economic growth, and is nationally known as a prime location for manufacturing. For more information, visit KentWA.gov.

  

Intelligence Led Policing in Kent, WA

The Kent Police Department is a dynamic and innovative organization that partners with its residents to ensure a safe community.  In addition to aggressively fighting crime, preventing crime and community engagement, the police department works to improve the quality of life in the community.

 

   

 Kent Police Department and City Hall now E-Commerce Exchange Zones

 

The City of Kent and the Kent Police Department announced today that the Police Department lobby and the City Hall parking lot are now available to be used by buyers and sellers who connect on Craigslist and other online markets. The goal of this e-commerce "Exchange Zone" designation is to help prevent crimes that could occur and help keep residents of Kent safer if they choose to engage in online transactions with strangers. In terms of transaction procedures, neither Police nor City personnel may participate or act as official witnesses to the transactions. They are also not available for legal advice or to settle disputes unless 911 is called. The Exchange Zone is established only to provide a safer environment for the exchange, and neither the Kent Police Department nor the City will be involved in the exchange in any manner. In addition, while this Exchange Zone is intended to provide a more safe location for an exchange, neither the Kent Police Department nor the City can guarantee your safety. The Kent Police Department also offers the following safety tips for completing online transactions:

 

• Conduct transactions with local buyers/sellers

• Do not go to a transaction alone

• Make sure someone is aware of the transaction details

• Insist on meeting in a public place or "Exchange Zone"

• Do not go into someone else’s house, and do not allow them into yours

• Complete the transaction during daylight hours

• Only use cash or money orders to complete your transaction

• Trust your instincts - if it sounds like a scam it probably is.

 

Dial 253-852-2121 for less critical situations

By using the non-emergency number, the public is ensuring that 911 will be readily available for actual emergencies.  Examples of calls that are appropriate for a non-emergency operator:

  • A residential, business or vehicle break-in that occurred on an earlier day
  • The return of a runaway child.
  • Identification of additional lost or stolen property after an initial report has been made
  • Lost property
  • A hit and run traffic collision when no longer at the scene of the collision

When to call 911 vs. 253-852-2121  

KPD Community Meeting

The Kent Police Department would like to invite you to attend a community meeting on Wednesday June 10 beginning at 7:00p.m at Sunnycrest Elementary School (24629 42nd Ave S, Kent, WA 98032). This is a great opportunity to hear Chief Thomas, command staff and officers talk about current crime trends, Kent Police structure and response, as well as prevention tips. The special presentation is on Fair and Impartial Policing training being implemented by KPD. For more information click here, or call (253)856-5884 or jpagel@kentwa.gov

 

Kent Crime Reports

The Kent Police Department now uses a new website to share current crime statistics. You can also search for registered sex offenders. Click here for more information!

2013 Kent Police Department Annual Report 

The Kent Police Department is working to become the most respected and effective police department in the region. We put a strong emphasis on transparency and outreach to connect with our community. The 2013 Annual Report is now complete and is presented to the public to provide insight into the Department's activity throughout the year. 

 

2013 Kent PD Annual Report

Trespass Authorization Program

The City of Kent offers business owners an opportunity to be involved in a Trespass Enforcement Authorization Program. This partnership provides the Kent Police Department authorization to question and handle persons who may be unlawfully occupying the property during non business hours.  This program DOES NOT increase the police patrolling of your property. To enroll you must complete a trespass authorization form and purchase "No Trespass" signs specific to the Kent City Code. The signs are sold at $25.00 a piece by the Kent Police Foundation. For more information, or to access the form, click here.

Victim Assistance Information

Kent Police strongly believes that crime victims and witnesses must be afforded rights to protect them from criminal activity. The Information Assistance pamphlet outlines some of the protections afforded by law. The pamphlet is available in several languages.  

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