Spokane performance reviews: crime drops in 3 of 4 areas

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 8:20 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The City of Spokane released its latest performance reviews on Monday for all of its departments. The performance reviews are similar to report cards for various services offered by the City of Spokane. The reviews showed places where the fire and police departments could improve and where they were meeting goals.

Spokane Mayor David Condon said the performance reviews helped to show the public how well city services were providing what people needed. Mayor Condon also admitted the reviews showed room for improvement in services like the police and fire departments.

“Critical is our public safety,” said Mayor Condon.

The reviews showed the police department made improvements in more than half of the areas they were measured in. Violent crime was down 16% compared to 2013, according to city officials. The review also showed burglaries decreased by 32%, car thefts decreased by 22% and robberies increased by 1% from 2013. Robberies increased 17% from 2012, according to the review.

Mayor Condon said he was working to bring the crime numbers down by adding more officers and changing how the police department operated.

The review showed the fire department was meeting most of its goals, including timely responses by fire engines. The review showed the department was not getting to medical emergencies as quickly as leaders would like.

Mayor Condon said the reviews make a difference.

“They are a critical piece of how we make allocations and decisions within my office,” said Mayor Condon.

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