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Spokane is the commercial and cultural hub of a large area known as the "Inland Empire" or the "Inland Northwest," a rich agricultural region. The picturesque beauty See Photos  Below of its surroundings makes the city an attractive vacation spot, and population and economic growth have brought many metropolitan amenities to the once quiet, out-of-the-way town. Although the city suffered some decline during the late 1980s and early 1990s

Spokane, Wa. Founded: 1878 (Incorporated, 1881)
Head Official: Who Knows
City Population
1980: 171,300
1990: 177,165
2000: 195,629
Percent change, 1990–2000: 9.8%
U.S. rank in 1990: 94th
U.S. rank in 2000: 110th
Metropolitan Area Population
1980: 341,835
1990: 361,333
2000: 417,939
Percent change, 1990–2000: 15.7%
U.S. rank in 1990: 101st
U.S. rank in 2000: 98th
Area: 58 square miles (2000)
Elevation: Ranges from 1,898 to 2,356 feet above sea level
Average Annual Temperature: 47.3° F
Average Annual Precipitation: 16.5 inches
Major Economic Sectors: Services, manufacturing, health care, retail trade
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (February 2005)
Per Capita Income: $21,587 (1999)
2002 FBI Crime Index Total: 15,895
Major Colleges and Universities: Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Whitworth College, Washington State University-Spokane, Spokane Community Colleges, City University
Daily Newspapers: The Spokesman-Review

Northwest Gang Investigators in Spokane, May 19-22, 2008 Posted by Arroyoribera on April 30, 2008So-called “gang experts” from the Northwest Gang Investigators Association will invade Spokane from May 19 to May 22, 2008, bringing their ever blessed light to shine upon the allegedly serious problem of gangs in Spokane.

It is especially disturbing to see this organization coming to Spokane at this time given the fact that Spokane Police Department is facing a severe crisis of corruption, misconduct, improperly and incompletely investigated police homicides against civilians, a practice of counter-suits against citizens who complain, and an ongoing history of racism in police hiring and policing of the community.

May god help us! because the police will not help you at all. i know 7 years in court !

One might recall how in late September 2007 the collective anti-gang brain trust of Spokane — the Gang Enforcement Team (GET) — was involved in a widely publicized scandal as a result of their dissemination of patently false information about a “three-day gang enforcement focus”. The ATF and the GET widely touted their reported “success” in rounding up 70 plus gang members and associates as well as a large amount of weaponry. As it turns out there was only one gun and a handful of gang involved individuals charged with any crime. What was portrayed as a massive anti-gang bust was revealed to be a hoax involving publication of false data and a large scale effort to seed the media with false information. The GET is composed of the Spokane Police Department, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, ATF, FBI, and other unnamed government agencies.

Not surprisingly, the restricted-attendance event has been promoted by Yvonne Morton-Lopez, the non-Spanish-speaking chairwoman of Governor Chris Gregoire’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs (CHA). Organizations such as the CHA and the Spokane Human Rights Commission have been at the forefront of organizations promoting “forums” on gangs run by the Spokane Police Department, COPS, and the Gang Enforcement Team.

At recent GET forums in Spokane, presenters have taken already unsubstantiated numbers on gang membership in Spokane and inflated them by 25%, claiming for example that the supposed 900 gang members in Spokane is now 1200.

In an environment of police abuses — corruption, violence against members of minority groups, lack of civilian oversight — and in a community with a significant history of racism, organizations such as the Morton-Lopez’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs and Terry Goetz’s Spokane Human Rights Commission are acting extremely irresponsibly and jeopardizing their organizations’ credibility as defenders of the rights of Spokane’s small minority populations.

(Note: Morton-Lopez has recently been named the head of the Washington State Human Rights Commission. It will be interesting to see how she promotes law enforcement interests and their questionable practices from that position.)

Despite evidence which counters the claims of law enforcement and those such as Morton-Lopez about gangs in Spokane, the campaign goes on. Crime is down in Spokane, according to the police and FBI, despite SPD Corporal Lee’s best efforts to spin the statistics. And that is with 25 less officers than the comparison year of 2004. Yet, the GET and the COPS program continue to promote their Gang Seminars in the community despite the questionable information presented by GET team members.

Spokane Crime Statistics, Reports, and ConcernsPosted by Arroyoribera on November 15, 2007NEW ITEMS:

Legal Resources — A new category below providing an extensive list of links on Freedom of Information and Open Meeting Law; Communication, Media, and Publication Law; and Legal Research

Police Attitudes towards Abuse of Authority — National Institute of Justice — (posted 12/19/07)

FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin — Archive 1996 – present

Spokane City/County Proposed Spending Plan/2007 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) — “In the Event of Riots, Civil Disturbances and other L.E. Needs” — (posted 11/30/07)

Conducting Surveillance Operations — May 2004 FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin (posted 11/30/07)

Police Assault on Protesters — 4th of July 2007 in Spokane’s Riverfront Park — Officer Jay E. Kernkamp’s report (posted 11/27/07)

Electronic Control Weapons: Review & Recommendations (posted 11/27/07)

Filming in Spokane (posted 11/26/07) — provides guidance to film companies on movie making in Spokane. Page 10-12 are information on hiring “extra-duty” SPD officers. Information confuses “off-duty” and “extra-duty”.

Spokane Police Department Radio Signal Codes (posted 11/25/07)

Shielded from Justice: Police Brutality and Accountability in the United States — Human Rights Watch 1998 Report on Brutality in Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, Providence, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. (posted 01/11/08)

The manipulation of facts by law enforcement officials results in misappropriation of public funds and the targeting of innocent people, particular racial minorities and socio-economically disadvantaged populations.

Let’s start with a couple examples of why the citizens of Spokane would do well to spend some time becoming familiar with statistics on crime in the Spokane area:

1) Lies, Damn Lies, and…SPD Corporal Lee and statistics differ on Crime in Spokane –In a KXLY 4 report entitled “Spokane Bucking National Trends”, Spokane Police Corporal Lee states on behalf of the Spokane Police Department that “we believe crime is up”. Yet the statistics say crime in Spokane is down, and down very significantly in 4 out of seven categories with no change in two others.

2) Facts Fabricated by Local and Federal Law enforcement regarding alleged Gang Bust — “I guess he may have taken some liberties with how those numbers were represented,” said Steve Lowhurst, Spokane special agent in charge for the ATF. (source: Spokesman-Review)*Reports on Police Abuses

Shielded from Justice: Police Brutality and Accountability in the United States — Human Rights Watch 1998 Report on Brutality in Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, Providence, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.* Weaponry

Freedom of Information and Open Public Meeting Laws Washington State Office of the Attorney General, Open Records & Open MeetingsElectronic Frontier Foundation FOIA & Open Government ArchiveElectronic Privacy Information Center Open GovernmentSociety of Professional Journalists Freedom of Information CommitteeU.S. Department of Justice FOIA website

Communications, Media & Publishing Society of Professional JournalistsNewspaper Association of AmericaFederal Communications CommissionAmerican Society of Journalists and AuthorsFreedom ForumThe NewseumNational Press ClubThe Poynter InstituteStudent Press Law Center

Legal Research U.S. Courts – The Federal JudiciaryThomas – Legislative Information on the InternetUnited States CongressU.S. House of RepresentativesU.S. SenateCode of Federal RegulationsWashington CourtsWashington State LegislatureLegal WA.org Find Law Law Crawler *Spokane Police Department Generated Reports
Electronic Control Weapons: Review & Recommendations — Georgia Association of Police Chiefs (2005)*Other

Filming in Spokane (posted 11/26/07) — provides guidance to film companies on movie making in Spokane. Page 10-12 are information on hiring “extra-duty” SPD officers. Information confuses “off-duty” and “extra-duty”.

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Weaponry Spokane Police SWAT Team’s Para-military ArsenalThe Spokane Police Department SWAT team’s multi-million dollar para-military arsenal is Heckler and Koch (H&K) with the exception of handguns and marksmen rifles. The SPD SWAT team maintains and deploys the H&K MP-5, 33, 53, and the G3 model rifles. Handguns are the Glock .40 caliber fitted with M-3 tactical lights, and the marksmen use custom rifles built off Remington 700 actions. The CART team (a chemical weapons unit) maintains and deploys all the specialty impact munitions and chemical agents utilizing both 37 mm and 40 mm launchers. Retired SPD SWAT team member Skip Pavlischak, who is an adjunct instructor for the H&K International Training Division, provides the SPD SWAT team with training and technical assistance.

The SPD SWAT team also has the equipment necessary for all types of tactical missions. The equipment includes night vision devices, lighting systems, shields, bunkers, breaching tools, noise/flash diversions (NFDD), and other mission specific tools.

The SPD SWAT team uses two dedicated marked police cars for “quick response” deployment of weapons and equipment during duty shifts by member working patrol. Two Chevy suburbans, retrofitted with extended running boards and handles are utilized for most tactical missions. The Team also has a separate equipment vehicle and recently acquired an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC).

Famous Serial Killer , Robert Lee Yates Robert Lee Yates Jr. was born on May 27th 1952 and he is currently in Washington State Prison on Death Row. Yates is known to have murdered at least 13 women from 1996 - 1998. All of Yates victims were prostitutes who were working Spokane's Skid Row area.

Yates grew up in Oak Harbor Washington in a middle class family and he and his family attended the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Early on Yates worked for the Washington State Department of Corrections and then after only six months with the D.O.C. he enlisted in the US Army where he had a very successful 19 year military career.

Sometime in early 1996 for no apparent reason Yates just started to hunt and kill prostitutes in Spokane's Skid Row area. He had used the services of prostitutes in the area before he had just never killed them before. He stated at his trial when he was asked why he killed prostitutes that it was just something that needed doing.

Yates would pick up prostitutes in his van and take them to remote areas. There he would have sex with them and then he usually killed them with a single gun shot to the head and he would dump their nude bodies in remote locations often posing the women in strange suggestive sexual poses. In almost every case he made calls from pay phones to local authorities telling the police where to find a particular woman.

However in the case of one of his early victims Melody Murfin he buried her just outside his bedroom window. In fact just outside the bedroom window of the bedroom he shared with his wife.

It was on August 1 , 1998 that Yates picked up Spokane Prostitute Christine Smith. He shot her in the head , had sex with her and robbed her but Smith managed to escape and made her way to the local police. Yates was not arrested until April 18th 1999.He was asked in September of 1998 to give a DNA sample but he had refused on the grounds that he was a happily married man.

Police used DNA found in a white corvette Yates had previously owned to tie him to 12 of his victims. In 2000 Yates was convicted of 13 murders and as part of a deal he had made to avoid the death penalty he was sentenced to 408 years. Yates plead guilty to the murders to avoid the death penalty.

However Pierce County Washington in 2001 convicted Yates of the murders of Melinda L Mercer and Connie Ellis and Yates received the death penalty for these two murders. And Yates is currently on death row in Washington State waiting for the day when he will die by lethal injection.

It is interesting to note here that Yates was sexually abused by a older neighborhood boy when he was six years old. It was also reported that Yates abused neighborhood animals as a child. It was also reported at around age 11 he was suspected of setting a fire in a empty house but it could never be proved.

After Yates was arrested his wife came forward and told of a morning Yates came home after being out all night with a huge amount of blood in the back of his van. He got cleaning supplies from the house and cleaned up the blood after telling his wife he had hit a dog and took it to a local veterinarian where the dog died. Its also interesting to note that Yates wife had no knowledge of him owning a handgun even though he owned several.

Jennifer Joseph, 16, found August 26, 1997. Her body was found in a high state of decomposition in an out of the way rural setting. Cause of death, gunshot wound to the chest. DNA from semen found in her body was matched to Yates. A fake pearl button from the shirt that was found lodged under the seat of a Corvette formerly owned by Yates led to the suspect's arrest.

Darla Sue Scott, 29, found November 5, 1997. Her decomposed body was discovered by a man walking his dog off Hangman Valley Road. Two plastic bags were found in her shallow grave. Cause of death is two gunshots to the head. DNA from Yates was matched to semen found in her body.

Melinda L. Mercer, 24, was found December 7, 1997, on S. 50th St. in Tacoma. Four plastic bags covered her head. The cause of death is three gunshots to the head. Mercer and Connie LaFontaine Ellis were not part of the Spokane indictment. Spokane prosecutors said they will allow Pierce County authorities to proseute Yates separately for the two killings in the Tacoma area.

Shawn L. Johnson, 36, found December 18, 1997. Her decomposing remains were found off Hangman Valley Road. Two plastic bags cover her head. The cause of death is two gunshots to the head. Semen found in her body was matched to Yates' DNA.

Laurel A. Wason, 31, found December 26, 1997, in a gravel pit near the Hangman Valley Road. Three plastic bags cover her head. Cause of death, two gunshot wounds to the head. Non-indigenous vegetation, peanut shells, packing Styrofoam and chips of broken concrete were found covering her body that matched debris found in Yates' backyard. Semen found in her body was genetically matched to Yates.

Shawn A. McClenahan, 39, also found December 26, 1997, next to Laurel Wason. Like Wason three plastic bags cover her head. Cause of death, two gunshots to the head. DNA evidence from semen was matched to Yates as well as a fingerprint on one of the plastic bags. Clippings, peanuts shells, chips of broken concrete and packing Styrofoam were found covering her body that probably came from Yates' backyard. Semen found in her body genetically matched to Yates' DNA.

Sunny G. Oster, 41, found February 8, 1998. Her remains are found in a wooded area in Western Spokane County. Three plastic bags cover her head. The cause of death is two gunshots to the head. Semen found in her body was genetically matched to Yates' DNA.

Linda Maybin, 34, found April 1, 1998. Her decomposed body is found in a shallow grave 50 yards from the Wason and McClenahan crime scene. Two plastic bags cover the victim's head. Cause of death is one gunshot to the head. Semen in her body was matched to Yates' DNA. Non-indigenous plant trimmings covering her body were matched to vegetation in Yates' backyard.

Michelyn Derning, 47, was found July 7, 1998, under a hot tub cover by a transient in an area frequented by prostitutes in Spokane's East Central neighborhood. Cause of death is gunshot wound to the head. Unlike the other victims, she was seen alive a week before her body was discovered. The others were found weeks, or sometimes months, after they disappeared. Derning remains the only victim who was not raped and was not transported away from the murder scen and dumped in the outskirts of the city.

Connie LaFontaine Ellis, 35, was found October 13, 1998, in a ditch near the 1700 block of 108th Street South in Tacoma. Her decomposed body has three plastic bags covering her head. Cause of death, one gunshot wound to the head. Like Melinda L. Mercer, Yates will probably be charged with her death in Pierce County.

Melody Ann Murfin, 43, who disappeared in 1998 and was always regularly included in the Spokane Serial Killer victim list. Her body was found October 18, 2000, buried in a flower bed under the bedroom window of Yates' home. Although authorites thoroughly searched the yard after his arrest, they found Murfin's body after Yates provided them with a man pinpointing its location.

Patrick Oliver, 21, and Susan Savage, 22, crossed paths with the Yates in 1975 while they were picnicking on Mill Creek, just east of Walla Walla, and became his first known victims. Back then the soon-to-be serial killer was 23 and worked as a guard at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. He is believed to have been hunting or target practicing when he ran into the college graduates and decided to kill them.

Stacy Elizabeth Hawn, 23, is believed to be the first prostitute killed by Yates. As part of a plea bargain to save his life Yates told investigators he killed Hawn, who was last seen alive in Seattle on July 7, 1988. Her skeletal remains were found five months later in Skagit County.

Christine L. Smith, 32, was robbed and assaulted by a man in his van on August 1, 1998. The suspect, after being unable to perform sexually, robbed her of the $40 he just paid and shot her. Smith was grazed by the gunshot to her head but managed to escape and report the attack to police. She was treated the night of the assault for an abrasion to the head, but the hospital was not even aware it was a gunshot wound. Smith contacted police again on April 18 after recognizing Yates as her attacker from a mugshot published in The Spokesman-Review. Police found blood stains, a .25-caliber bullet casing and a bullet encrusted in the roof of a van simmilar to the one described by Smith that was once owned by Yates.

Population1-mi.3-mi.5-mi.from downtown spokane 
2011 Male Population 8,120 47,645 100,158
2011 Female Population 7,355 49,951 106,542
% 2011 Male Population 52.47% 48.82% 48.46%
% 2011 Female Population 47.53% 51.18% 51.54%
2011 Total Adult Population 13,532 77,325 160,757
2011 Total Daytime Population 58,718 145,538 251,378
2011 Total Daytime Work Population 50,692 97,543 146,842
2011 Median Age Total Population 36 33 34
2011 Median Age Adult Population 40 41 43
2011 Age 0-5 743 7,731 17,053
2011 Age 6-13 689 8,372 19,361
2011 Age 14-17 511 4,167 9,528
2011 Age 18-20 735 5,512 9,473
2011 Age 21-24 1,519 7,641 13,959
2011 Age 25-29 1,888 9,140 18,228
2011 Age 30-34 1,291 7,288 14,766
2011 Age 35-39 1,110 6,338 13,378
2011 Age 40-44 1,062 6,147 13,263
2011 Age 45-49 1,113 6,633 14,033
2011 Age 50-54 1,068 6,374 13,462
2011 Age 55-59 902 5,359 11,785
2011 Age 60-64 745 4,322 9,945
2011 Age 65-69 551 3,242 7,604
2011 Age 70-74 496 2,668 6,327
2011 Age 75-79 360 2,335 5,456
2011 Age 80-84 332 2,100 4,450
2011 Age 85+ 358 2,224 4,627
% 2011 Age 0-5 4.80% 7.92% 8.25%
% 2011 Age 6-13 4.45% 8.58% 9.37%
% 2011 Age 14-17 3.30% 4.27% 4.61%
% 2011 Age 18-20 4.75% 5.65% 4.58%
% 2011 Age 21-24 9.82% 7.83% 6.75%
% 2011 Age 25-29 12.20% 9.37% 8.82%
% 2011 Age 30-34 8.34% 7.47% 7.14%
% 2011 Age 35-39 7.17% 6.49% 6.47%
% 2011 Age 40-44 6.86% 6.30% 6.42%
% 2011 Age 45-49 7.19% 6.80% 6.79%
% 2011 Age 50-54 6.90% 6.53% 6.51%
% 2011 Age 55-59 5.83% 5.49% 5.70%
% 2011 Age 60-64 4.81% 4.43% 4.81%
% 2011 Age 65-69 3.56% 3.32% 3.68%
% 2011 Age 70-74 3.21% 2.73% 3.06%
% 2011 Age 75-79 2.33% 2.39% 2.64%
% 2011 Age 80-84 2.15% 2.15% 2.15%
% 2011 Age 85+ 2.31% 2.28% 2.24%
2011 White Population 12,880 83,600 178,791
2011 Black Population 603 2,717 4,913
2011 Asian/Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 376 2,774 6,255
2011 American Indian/Alaska Native 516 2,233 4,206
2011 Other Population (Incl 2+ Races) 1,099 6,272 12,534
2011 Hispanic Population 929 5,132 10,716
2011 Non-Hispanic Population 14,546 92,463 195,984
% 2011 White Population 83.24% 85.66% 86.50%
% 2011 Black Population 3.90% 2.78% 2.38%
% 2011 Asian/Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 2.43% 2.84% 3.03%
% 2011 American Indian/Alaska Native 3.33% 2.29% 2.03%
% 2011 Other Population (Incl 2+ Races) 7.10% 6.43% 6.06%
% 2011 Hispanic Population 6.00% 5.26% 5.18%
% 2011 Non-Hispanic Population 94.00% 94.74% 94.82%
2000 Non-Hispanic White 13,337 81,997 171,378
2000 Non-Hispanic Black 518 2,270 3,847
2000 Non-Hispanic Amer Indian/Alaska Native 450 1,665 3,473
2000 Non-Hispanic Asian 191 1,814 4,067
2000 Non-Hispanic Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 73 190 314
2000 Non-Hispanic Some Other Race 40 191 269
2000 Non-Hispanic Two or More Races 562 3,658 6,736
% 2000 Non-Hispanic White 87.91% 89.34% 90.16%
% 2000 Non-Hispanic Black 3.41% 2.47% 2.02%
% 2000 Non-Hispanic Amer Indian/Alaska Native 2.97% 1.81% 1.83%
% 2000 Non-Hispanic Asian 1.26% 1.98% 2.14%
% 2000 Non-Hispanic Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.48% 0.21% 0.17%
% 2000 Non-Hispanic Some Other Race 0.26% 0.21% 0.14%
% 2000 Non-Hispanic Two or More Races 3.70% 3.99% 3.54%
Population Change1-mi.3-mi.5-mi.
Total Employees n/a n/a n/a
Total Establishemnts n/a n/a n/a
2011 Total Population 15,475 97,595 206,700
2011 Total Households 8,399 41,661 86,705
Population Change 1990-2011 -324 5,615 24,379
Household Change 1990-2011 -492 582 9,227
% Population Change 1990-2011 -2.05% 6.10% 13.37%
% Household Change 1990-2011 -5.53% 1.42% 11.91%
Population Change 2000-2011 -362 2,320 10,572
Household Change 2000-2011 -94 227 4,351
% Population Change 2000-2011 -2.29% 2.44% 5.39%
% Households Change 2000-2011 -1.11% 0.55% 5.28%
2000 Total Housing Units 9,990 45,525 88,913
2000 Occupied Housing Units 8,612 41,502 82,376
2000 Owner Occupied Housing Units 1,405 21,065 48,147
2000 Renter Occupied Housing Units 7,207 20,437 34,230
2000 Vacant Housing Units 1,378 4,023 6,537
% 2000 Occupied Housing Units 86.21% 91.16% 92.65%
% 2000 Owner Occupied Housing Units 14.06% 46.27% 54.15%
% 2000 Renter Occupied Housing Units 72.14% 44.89% 38.50%
% 2000 Vacant Housing Units 13.79% 8.84% 7.35%
2011 Median Household Income $26,820 $34,812 $38,178
2011 Per Capita Income $22,670 $22,950 $23,835
2011 Average Household Income $41,770 $53,764 $56,822
2011 Household Income < $10,000 1,692 5,409 9,107
2011 Household Income $10,000-$14,999 734 3,194 6,215
2011 Household Income $15,000-$19,999 784 3,098 5,837
2011 Household Income $20,000-$24,999 718 3,076 6,044
2011 Household Income $25,000-$29,999 747 3,238 6,639
2011 Household Income $30,000-$34,999 584 2,926 5,911
2011 Household Income $35,000-$39,999 462 2,808 5,662
2011 Household Income $40,000-$44,999 363 2,189 4,905
2011 Household Income $45,000-$49,999 246 1,719 4,344
2011 Household Income $50,000-$59,999 536 3,294 7,405
2011 Household Income $60,000-$74,999 395 3,132 8,045
2011 Household Income $75,000-$99,999 256 3,362 7,619
2011 Household Income $100,000-$124,999 167 1,743 3,554
2011 Household Income $125,000-$149,999 132 815 1,874
2011 Household Income $150,000-$199,999 99 654 1,596
2011 Household Income $200,000-$249,999 168 399 741
2011 Household Income $250,000-$499,999 197 458 969
2011 Household Income $500,000+ 120 149 239
2011 Household Income $200,000+ 485 1,005 1,949
% 2011 Household Income < $10,000 20.14% 12.98% 10.50%
% 2011 Household Income $10,000-$14,999 8.74% 7.67% 7.17%
% 2011 Household Income $15,000-$19,999 9.33% 7.44% 6.73%
% 2011 Household Income $20,000-$24,999 8.55% 7.38% 6.97%
% 2011 Household Income $25,000-$29,999 8.89% 7.77% 7.66%
% 2011 Household Income $30,000-$34,999 6.95% 7.02% 6.82%
% 2011 Household Income $35,000-$39,999 5.50% 6.74% 6.53%
% 2011 Household Income $40,000-$44,999 4.32% 5.25% 5.66%
% 2011 Household Income $45,000-$49,999 2.93% 4.13% 5.01%
% 2011 Household Income $50,000-$59,999 6.38% 7.91% 8.54%
% 2011 Household Income $60,000-$74,999 4.70% 7.52% 9.28%
% 2011 Household Income $75,000-$99,999 3.05% 8.07% 8.79%
% 2011 Household Income $100,000-$124,999 1.99% 4.18% 4.10%
% 2011 Household Income $125,000-$149,999 1.57% 1.96% 2.16%
% 2011 Household Income $150,000-$199,999 1.18% 1.57% 1.84%
% 2011 Household Income $200,000-$249,999 2.00% 0.96% 0.85%
% 2011 Household Income $250,000-$499,999 2.35% 1.10% 1.12%
% 2011 Household Income $500,000+ 1.43% 0.36% 0.28%
% 2011 Household Income $200,000+ 5.77% 2.41% 2.25%
Retail Sales Volume1-mi.3-mi.5-mi.
2011 Children/Infants Clothing Stores $2.22M $12.88M $27.48M
2011 Jewelry Stores $1.63M $9.64M $20.50M
2011 Mens Clothing Stores $3.63M $20.49M $43.07M
2011 Shoe Stores $3.28M $18.66M $39.60M
2011 Womens Clothing Stores $6.69M $37.93M $79.66M
2011 Automobile Dealers $38.22M $231.37M $508.02M
2011 Automotive Parts/Acc/Repair Stores $5.07M $29.46M $63.14M
2011 Other Motor Vehicle Dealers $1.63M $9.14M $19.34M
2011 Tire Dealers $1.30M $7.78M $16.70M
2011 Hardware Stores $849,558.00 $3.50M $7.74M
2011 Home Centers $4.81M $25.73M $56.02M
2011 Nursery/Garden Centers $1.32M $7.95M $17.17M
2011 Outdoor Power Equipment Stores $427,187.00 $2.70M $6.27M
2011 Paint/Wallpaper Stores $174,498.00 $978,954.00 $2.15M
2011 Appliance/TV/Other Electronics Stores $3.96M $22.92M $48.32M
2011 Camera/Photographic Supplies Stores $666,921.00 $3.78M $8.10M
2011 Computer/Software Stores $2.05M $11.82M $25.33M
2011 Beer/Wine/Liquor Stores $2.48M $14.14M $30.05M
2011 Convenience/Specialty Food Stores $2.76M $22.94M $57.30M
2011 Restaurant Expenditures $11.44M $107.98M $259.22M
2011 Supermarkets/Other Grocery excl Conv $28.94M $164.88M $353.82M
2011 Furniture Stores $4.02M $23.38M $50.05M
2011 Home Furnishings Stores $2.71M $14.93M $31.35M
2011 Gen Merch/Appliance/Furniture Stores $36.90M $210.90M $448.87M
2011 Gasoline Stations w/ Convenience Stores $23.98M $136.25M $291.83M
2011 Other Gasoline Stations $21.21M $113.30M $234.54M
2011 Department Stores excl Leased Depts $40.86M $233.82M $497.19M
2011 General Merchandise Stores $32.89M $187.53M $398.82M
2011 Other Health/Personal Care Stores $2.61M $15.28M $33.25M
2011 Pharmacies/Drug Stores $14.00M $79.68M $170.90M
2011 Pet/Pet Supplies Stores $2.08M $11.84M $25.33M
2011 Book/Periodical/Music Stores $1.07M $5.57M $10.71M
2011 Hobby/Toy/Game Stores $818,140.00 $4.66M $11.11M
2011 Musical Instrument/Supplies Stores $349,792.00 $2.09M $4.52M
2011 Sewing/Needlework/Piece Goods Stores $173,037.00 $880,880.00 $1.77M
2011 Sporting Goods Stores $2.29M $12.18M $24.19M
2011 Video Tape Stores - Retail $323,567.00 $1.88M $4.03M Information contained herein has been obtained from the owner of the business or from other sources deemed reliable. However, no warranty or guarantee, either expressed or implied, is made with respect to its accuracy. All information is subject to change without notice and/or prior leasing. The information does not constitute an offer to lease.

All of Spokane County, All Crimes

Total crime averages
AgencyLowest yearAverageHighest year
Airway Heights Police Department 8 in 2001 154.2 236 in 1994
Cheney Police Department 152 in 2003 252.9 384 in 2010
Eastern Washington University Police 64 in 1997 107.8 232 in 1986
Liberty Lake Police Department 68 in 2009 93 112 in 2010
Medical Lake Police Department 15 in 2009 75.2 102 in 1994
Spokane County Sheriff's Office 2,611 in 2006 6,494.2 10,366 in 1998
Spokane Police Department 12,435 in 2008 15,776.4 19,226 in 2004
All of Spokane County 19,275 in 2007 23,827 28,785 in 2004

Violent crime averages
AgencyLowest yearAverageHighest year
Airway Heights Police Department 1 in 2001 10.1 26 in 2008
Cheney Police Department 6 in 2000 12.8 35 in 2010
Eastern Washington University Police 0 in 2001 2.3 5 in 1995
Liberty Lake Police Department 2 in 2010 3.9 7 in 2004
Medical Lake Police Department 2 in 2007 10 27 in 1994
Spokane County Sheriff's Office 119 in 1991 324.2 660 in 1998
Spokane Police Department 1,095 in 1987 1,296.8 1,688 in 1994
All of Spokane County 1,239 in 1987 1,718.7 2,253 in 1998

Murder averages
AgencyLowest yearAverageHighest year
Airway Heights Police Department 0 in 2010 0.1 1 in 2008
Cheney Police Department No instances reported
Eastern Washington University Police No instances reported
Liberty Lake Police Department No instances reported
Medical Lake Police Department No instances reported
Spokane County Sheriff's Office 0 in 2002 3.9 11 in 1997
Spokane Police Department 6 in 2010 11.1 23 in 1995
All of Spokane County 8 in 1991 15.5 26 in 1995

Rape averages
AgencyLowest yearAverageHighest year
Airway Heights Police Department 0 in 2009 1.4 5 in 2008
Cheney Police Department 0 in 1997 3.1 7 in 2010
Eastern Washington University Police 0 in 2010 0.8 3 in 2005
Liberty Lake Police Department 0 in 2010 0.3 1 in 2009
Medical Lake Police Department 0 in 2009 1 5 in 2005
Spokane County Sheriff's Office 7 in 2007 38.4 75 in 1997
Spokane Police Department 69 in 2000 89.5 132 in 1995
All of Spokane County 104 in 1987 139.7 197 in 1995

Robbery averages
AgencyLowest yearAverageHighest year
Airway Heights Police Department 0 in 2001 1.7 8 in 1994
Cheney Police Department 0 in 1998 2.3 6 in 2010
Eastern Washington University Police 0 in 2008 0.4 1 in 2010
Liberty Lake Police Department 0 in 2010 0.4 1 in 2008
Medical Lake Police Department 0 in 2009 0.4 3 in 2005
Spokane County Sheriff's Office 12 in 2005 68.7 144 in 1999
Spokane Police Department 286 in 2005 393.8 490 in 1994
All of Spokane County 354 in 1990 481.6 631 in 1998

Aggravated assault averages
AgencyLowest yearAverageHighest year
Airway Heights Police Department 1 in 2001 6.9 20 in 2006
Cheney Police Department 3 in 2001 7.4 22 in 2010
Eastern Washington University Police 0 in 2006 1.0 4 in 1987
Liberty Lake Police Department 1 in 2008 3.3 7 in 2004
Medical Lake Police Department 1 in 2007 8.6 27 in 1994
Spokane County Sheriff's Office 15 in 1987 213.3 461 in 1998
Spokane Police Department 556 in 1987 802.5 1,092 in 1992
All of Spokane County 575 in 1987 1,081.8 1,453 in 1998

Property crime averages
AgencyLowest yearAverageHighest year
Airway Heights Police Department 6 in 2000 144.1 219 in 1994
Cheney Police Department 141 in 2003 240.1 349 in 2010
Eastern Washington University Police 61 in 1997 105.7 227 in 1986
Liberty Lake Police Department 65 in 2009 89.1 110 in 2010
Medical Lake Police Department 12 in 2009 65.2 92 in 2003
Spokane County Sheriff's Office 2,296 in 2007 6,170.0 9,706 in 1998
Spokane Police Department 11,083 in 2008 14,479.6 18,018 in 2004
All of Spokane County 17,294 in 2007 22,108.5 27,123 in 2004

Arson averages
AgencyLowest yearAverageHighest year
Airway Heights Police Department 0 in 2010 0.3 2 in 2007
Cheney Police Department 0 in 2008 0.8 4 in 2002
Eastern Washington University Police 0 in 2010 0.4 2 in 1997
Liberty Lake Police Department 0 in 2010 0.5 2 in 2003
Medical Lake Police Department 0 in 2009 0.7 3 in 2005
Spokane County Sheriff's Office 6 in 2010 29.3 74 in 2000
Spokane Police Department 41 in 1996 73.8 124 in 1986
All of Spokane County 59 in 2010 112.3 169 in 1994

Burglary averages
AgencyLowest yearAverageHighest year
Airway Heights Police Department 2 in 2001 31 53 in 1994
Cheney Police Department 16 in 2003 34 73 in 2010
Eastern Washington University Police 0 in 1997 9.9 22 in 2005
Liberty Lake Police Department 13 in 2009 17.1 27 in 2006
Medical Lake Police Department 5 in 2009 12.7 25 in 2006
Spokane County Sheriff's Office 576 in 2007 1,605.6 2,546 in 1997
Spokane Police Department 2,165 in 2006 3,196.2 4,884 in 1988
All of Spokane County 3,343 in 2007 5,051.4 7,215 in 1988

Larceny averages
AgencyLowest yearAverageHighest year
Airway Heights Police Department 2 in 2000 103.5 164 in 1996
Cheney Police Department 105 in 2003 194.9 256 in 2010
Eastern Washington University Police 59 in 1997 94.5 217 in 1986
Liberty Lake Police Department 50 in 2009 62.3 86 in 2005
Medical Lake Police Department 7 in 2009 48.7 75 in 2003
Spokane County Sheriff's Office 1,439 in 2006 4,100.3 6,603 in 1995
Spokane Police Department 7,188 in 2007 9,980.3 12,763 in 2004
All of Spokane County 11,082 in 2007 15,130.3 19,020 in 2004

Motor vehicle theft averages
AgencyLowest yearAverageHighest year
Airway Heights Police Department 1 in 2001 9.2 21 in 2006
Cheney Police Department 2 in 1993 10.4 20 in 2010
Eastern Washington University Police 0 in 2010 0.9 4 in 2005
Liberty Lake Police Department 2 in 2009 9.3 17 in 2007
Medical Lake Police Department 0 in 2009 3.1 10 in 1994
Spokane County Sheriff's Office 228 in 2008 435.0 747 in 2002
Spokane Police Department 685 in 1992 1,231.0 2,299 in 2006
All of Spokane County 975 in 1991 1,816.7 3,290 in 2006

Notes Number of residents represents the number of residents within the jurisdiction of reporting agencies, not necessarily the total number of citizens in the geography. National data is only available for 1991-2010. National data is only provided for comparison against all of Spokane County, not specific jurisdictions. The FBI recommends against using Uniform Crime Report data to provide comparisons and rankings involving specific jurisdictions. Airway Heights data is only available for 1994-2001 and 2004-2010. Cheney data is only available for 1992-2010. Liberty Lake data is only available for 2003-2010. Medical Lake data is only available for 1994-1996 and 2003-2010. Spokane Valley data is only available for 2003-2010. The Eastern Washington University Police Department does not provide a population figure. Figures for EWUPD represent the total number of reported crimes, not per-thousand resident averages.

Variables Affecting Crime Each year when Crime in the United States is published, many entities—news media, tourism agencies, and other groups with an interest in crime in our Nation—use reported figures to compile rankings of cities and counties. These rankings, however, are merely a quick choice made by the data user; they provide no insight into the many variables that mold the crime in a particular town, city, county, state, region, or other jurisdiction. Consequently, these rankings lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting cities and counties, along with their residents.Consider other characteristics of a jurisdiction

To assess criminality and law enforcement’s response from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, one must consider many variables, some of which, while having significant impact on crime, are not readily measurable or applicable pervasively among all locales. Geographic and demographic factors specific to each jurisdiction must be considered and applied if one is going to make an accurate and complete assessment of crime in that jurisdiction. Several sources of information are available that may assist the responsible researcher in exploring the many variables that affect crime in a particular locale. The U.S. Census Bureau data, for example, can be used to better understand the makeup of a locale’s population. The transience of the population, its racial and ethnic makeup, its composition by age and gender, educational levels, and prevalent family structures are all key factors in assessing and comprehending the crime issue.

Local chambers of commerce, government agencies, planning offices, or similar entities provide information regarding the economic and cultural makeup of cities and counties. Understanding a jurisdiction’s industrial/economic base; its dependence upon neighboring jurisdictions; its transportation system; its economic dependence on nonresidents (such as tourists and convention attendees); its proximity to military installations, correctional facilities, etc., all contribute to accurately gauging and interpreting the crime known to and reported by law enforcement.

The strength (personnel and other resources) and the aggressiveness of a jurisdiction’s law enforcement agency are also key factors in understanding the nature and extent of crime occurring in that area. Although information pertaining to the number of sworn and civilian employees can be found in this publication, it cannot be used alone as an assessment of the emphasis that a community places on enforcing the law. For example, one city may report more crime than a comparable one, not because there is more crime, but rather because its law enforcement agency, through proactive efforts, identifies more offenses. Attitudes of the citizens toward crime and their crime reporting practices, especially concerning minor offenses, also have an impact on the volume of crimes known to police.Make valid assessments of crime

It is incumbent upon all data users to become as well educated as possible about how to understand and quantify the nature and extent of crime in the United States and in any of the more than 18,000 jurisdictions represented by law enforcement contributors to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. Valid assessments are possible only with careful study and analysis of the various unique conditions affecting each local law enforcement jurisdiction.

Historically, the causes and origins of crime have been the subjects of investigation by many disciplines. Some factors that are known to affect the volume and type of crime occurring from place to place are:Population density and degree of urbanization. Variations in composition of the population, particularly youth concentration. Stability of the population with respect to residents’ mobility, commuting patterns, and transient factors.Modes of transportation and highway system.Economic conditions, including median income, poverty level, and job availability. Cultural factors and educational, recreational, and religious characteristics. Family conditions with respect to divorce and family cohesiveness. Climate. Effective strength of law enforcement agencies. Administrative and investigative emphases of law enforcement. Policies of other components of the criminal justice system (i.e., prosecutorial, judicial, correctional, and probational). Citizens’ attitudes toward crime. Crime reporting practices of the citizenry.

Crime in the United States provides a nationwide view of crime based on statistics contributed by local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies. Population size and student enrollment are the only correlates of crime presented in this publication. Although many of the listed factors equally affect the crime of a particular area, the UCR Program makes no attempt to relate them to the data presented. The data user is, therefore, cautioned against comparing statistical data of individual reporting units from cities, counties, metropolitan areas, states, or colleges or universities solely on the basis of their population coverage or student enrollment. Until data users examine all the variables that affect crime in a town, city, county, state, region, or other jurisdiction, they can make no meaningful comparisons.



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Do To Budget Forcing Spokane Police To Cut 45 Personnel & No Investigation. !

SPOKANE - Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick broke some bad news to officers during a closed door meeting: The force will cut nearly 9-percent from its budget, lay off 45 positions and eliminate the entire fraud division.

?Kind of like the kitchen talk you have at home with family, difficult talk with the family, and this morning was the talk to put the family on notice of what those budget cuts will look like,? Chief Kirkpatrick said.

The budget proposal for the department is on Mayor Mary Verner?s desk for her review and there is a chance the mayor might find the cuts too severe and recommend cuts elsewhere in the city budget.

Unless something changes 45 positions will be slashed, putting the department in the position of doing more with less, Chief Kirkpatrick said. Of those 45 positions, 37 are police officers.

In addition to the position cuts, 25 detectives, sergeants and lieutenants will be demoted and paid less.

That means if the budget proposal stands as is in many cases there will be no police response to theft or property crime calls.

?If my car is prowled, my whole day is ruined, we've all been victims it ruins your whole day,? Kirkpatrick said.

And to make your day worse, it is likely that police will not respond to your call.

Additionally, the entire fraud unit will be cut

?The fraud unit will be totally eliminated, meaning we will not do any follow up investigation associated with fraud,? Kirkpatrick said.

Unless something changes regarding the budget 45 people will be receiving layoff notices on October 1.

And unless something changes 45 people will get lay off notices on October 1

Mayor Verner then has until November 1 to review the budget and the city council has until December 1 to approve it.


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