SPOKANE-- A new statewide law enforcement report shows Spokane has a higher crime rate than Seattle, Tacoma and Yakima and for a city our size; there are fewer officers on the street than we should.
Using the 2011 crime report put out by The Washington Association of Sheriff's And Police Chiefs, KREM 2 news compared the crime rate in Spokane to Seattle, Yakima, Tacoma and Moses Lake. Per capita, Spokane tops all of them, with a crime rate of 78.5.
For every one thousand people, 78 and a half would be involved in some sort of crime.
Spokane comes in second to Tacoma with a rate of 6.2 in violent crime. For property crimes, Spokane tops the list.
For every thousand people, 72.3 were victims. Seattle's rate is much lower at 52.1.
Comparing counties across the state, Spokane comes in first. Spokane County is 55.7, ahead of both pierce and king counties.
Both Spokane and Tacoma have populations of about 200 thousand people. The Spokane Police Department has about 1.3 officers on the street for every one thousand people. Tacoma has almost 1.9 officers for every thousand people.
Spokane employs 275 commissioned officers, where Tacoma has 375.