Each year about 33 Washington children are hospitalized and 19 children die from firearm injuries. Since 2000, the LOK-IT-UP program has worked to increase public awareness about the importance of safely storing or locking firearms. Firearm owners, parents, schools, law enforcement agencies, public health officials, health care providers, and others have supported LOK-IT-UP.
LOK-IT-UP focuses on family and community safety. It seeks to increase the voluntary safe storage of firearms as a way of preventing firearm-related deaths and injuries, particularly among children.
For more information, visit www.lokitup.org or download King County Public Health's firearm safety brochure.
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
Kent Crime Reports
The Kent Police Department now uses a new website to share current crime statistics. Click here for more information!
2012 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 2012 Annual Report is now complete and is presented to the public to provide insight into the Department's activity throughout the year.
2012 Annual Report (13.3 MB PDF)
Police Respond to National Telemarketing Scam
Kent Police have experienced an increase in reports of illegal telemarketing scams occurring around the nation. The common factor is the caller’s phone number, which originates from a local-area telephone service provider. We're working to identify the origin of these calls. These types of incidents are subject to investigation and prosecution by the Federal Trade Commission. If you have been the victim of a telemarketing scam or violation of a “Do Not Call” listing, you may file a complaint with the FTC.
Monthly Car Seat Inspection Sites
There are several locations throughout South King County that offer car seat inspections by certified car seat technicians. Supported by Safe Kids South King County, in 2013, appointments are now required. For more information on when car seat inspections take place and the locations, please click on the 2013 calendar below.
2013 Monthly Car Seat Inspection Sites (603 KB PDF)
Kent Police needs your help to prevent residential burglaries
Kent Police are seeking the public’s help to solve a recent series of home break-ins. Investigators believe that as many as 50 Kent families have been targeted each month during this wave of activity. Community knowledge and assistance is considered critical to solving these crimes. For more information on the burglaries occurring or tips on how to keep you, your home, and your family safe, click here.
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.
Community clean up resources
Kent Police has put together a frequently asked question document for the public detailing contact information and resources for community clean up. This document includes general information on a number of quality of life issues as well as contacts for reporting purposes.
Clean Up Your Community (53.1 KB PDF)
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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