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1 “Leading through shock and sorrow” the Lakewood Police tragedy

2 Outline  About Lakewood  11/29/2009  Our fallen officers  The first week  Memorial Service  Survivor Benefits  8 months later  Lessons Learned

3 About Lakewood (1 of 2)  “Host City” to Joint Base Lewis-McChord  Incorporated 1996 60,000 residents 60,000 residents 2 nd largest city in Pierce County 2 nd largest city in Pierce County Diverse demographics Diverse demographics  New City Hall 2001  Major progress since cityhood: econ. dev. econ. dev. public works public works public safety public safety parks parks

4 About Lakewood (2 of 2)  LPD launched 2004 After 7-year contract with Pierce County Sheriff’s Dept. After 7-year contract with Pierce County Sheriff’s Dept. 100 commissioned officers at time of shootings 100 commissioned officers at time of shootings A busy PD! A busy PD! Two police chiefs in last 12 years Two police chiefs in last 12 years  $12M police facility opened April 2009 Built-in firearms range Built-in firearms range  Accredited by CALEA in March 2010  Major focus on training

5 11/29/2009 (1 of 2)  Sunday after Thanksgiving  Shift started at 0630  Sergeant Renninger was shift supervisor  Officers had altercation with another person earlier  0816 dispatch regarding shots at coffee shop  Off-duty Lakewood sergeant and PCSD respond.  Officers found dead on arrival

6 11/29/2009 (2 of 2)  Pierce County jurisdiction  Family notification begins Media and grapevine Media and grapevine Assigned LPD liaisons Assigned LPD liaisons  City Manager and Councilmembers assemble Near quorum Near quorum  First press releases Other agencies quick to publish Other agencies quick to publish City of Lakewood: City of Lakewood: PR drafted by committeePR drafted by committee Interaction with LPDInteraction with LPD After notificationAfter notification Employee photosEmployee photos

7 Sergeant Mark Renninger  Recruited for college football out of high school – joined Army instead  Served with Army Rangers 7 years (sergeant first class)  Served previously with Tukwila PD  SWAT team leader and state instructor  Executive board member: Washington Tactical officers Association  13 years law enforcement experience  Married with 3 children

8 Officer Tina Griswold  12 years law enforcement  Served previously with Shelton and Lacey Police  Trained in entries and previous member of Lakewood Special Operations  Married with 2 children

9 Officer Ronnie Owens  13 years law enforcement experience  Prior service with Washington State Patrol  6’ 5” tall, very strong and athletic  Divorced, 1 daughter

10 Officer Greg Richards  9 years law enforcement experience  Served previously with Kent Police  Served at Fort Lewis with the Army  Married with 3 children

11 The first week (1 of 3)  The Lakewood Family “The Families” “The Families” Lakewood Police Lakewood Police LeadersLeaders Rank and fileRank and file City Hall employees City Hall employees City Council City Council Community Community  Media relations Press Conference Press Conference Media overload Media overload

12 The first week (2 of 3)  Killer at large  Law Enforcement support Patrolling Lakewood Patrolling Lakewood  Planning the memorial service Emergency Management event Emergency Management event Other agencies Other agencies Behind the Badge Behind the Badge Volunteer “helpers” Volunteer “helpers” Donations Donations

13 Community Support Community Support Enclosed you will find a check for $500 I trust you to see that $400 Of this goes to each of the families of those 4 murdered officers. The other $100 is to be given to the officer who shot that %&*#! who murdered the 4 officers. Bless his heart- he sure did a great job and saved a lot of money for the state, too! Enclosed you will find a check for $500 I trust you to see that $400 Of this goes to each of the families of those 4 murdered officers. The other $100 is to be given to the officer who shot that %&*#! who murdered the 4 officers. Bless his heart- he sure did a great job and saved a lot of money for the state, too! My writing isn’t so good as, at almost 88 years of age, I have macular degeneration of my eyes and arthritis in my hands- but my check is good! Bless all of you for the work you do every day- my love to all. My writing isn’t so good as, at almost 88 years of age, I have macular degeneration of my eyes and arthritis in my hands- but my check is good! Bless all of you for the work you do every day- my love to all. Gloria F. Johnson- 1820 Hassler Ln., Burlington WA Gloria F. Johnson- 1820 Hassler Ln., Burlington WA

14 “The story of a little boy named AJ and his encounter with a police officer outside Lakewood police headquarters on Sunday has lifted the spirits of a department still reeling from the loss of four colleagues on a single, violent day.” “AJ wanted to give his plush toy named “Bruno” [his toy dinosaur] and the contents of his piggybank to the children of Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Greg Richards and Ronald Owens….” “AJ and his mom traveled from Kingston – a one- way trip of more than 40 miles – so the boy could make his offering.” Read more: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2009/12/17/997194/child-offers-up-toy- dinosaur-piggy.html#ixzz0w89zopb4 http://www.thenewstribune.com/2009/12/17/997194/child-offers-up-toy- dinosaur-piggy.html#ixzz0w89zopb4http://www.thenewstribune.com/2009/12/17/997194/child-offers-up-toy- dinosaur-piggy.html#ixzz0w89zopb4 Community Support Community Support

15 Memorial Service  Unified service for four officers  Mayor presided  About 20,000 mourners at Tacoma Dome  Procession lasted several hours  Mostly law enforcement in attendance  Major media event  Coordinated in a week respectful respectful safe safe secure secure coordinated coordinated financed financed  Taking care of city hall Councilmembers and employees Councilmembers and employees Family and friends Family and friends

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17 Survivor Benefits  Public Safety Officers Benefit Program (federal) Killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty Killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty $311,810; www.psob.gov $311,810; www.psob.govwww.psob.gov  Washington State DRS www.drs.wa.gov www.drs.wa.gov $214,000 + monthly stipend or lump sum % of vested amount $214,000 + monthly stipend or lump sum % of vested amount  Washington State L&I (www.lni.wa.gov) www.lni.wa.gov monthly stipend up to $4,625 medical benefits immediate benefit of $3,855 burial expenses benefit of $7,709

18 Survivor Benefits (Continued) Taser Foundation $2,500 lump sum $2,500 lump sum www.taserfoundation.org www.taserfoundation.orgwww.taserfoundation.org American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens (AFPCC) miscellaneous benefits miscellaneous benefits www.policeinfor@aphf.org www.policeinfor@aphf.orgwww.policeinfor@aphf.org COPS Foundation college/educational benefits college/educational benefits www.COPS.org www.COPS.orgwww.COPS.org -

19 8 Months Later  The new normal Keeping busy is easy in Lakewood PTSD concerns Focus returning to economic development  CALEA  Police Chief’s health  Record growth and redeployments at Joint Base Lewis-McChord police-military partnerships garrison-city relationship

20 Lessons Learned  Civilian control of police – when and how to assert during a crisis  Managing the media It’s sometimes ok to say “no” It’s sometimes ok to say “no” social media – the way of the future social media – the way of the future  Employee wellness Looking out for leaders and subordinates alike Looking out for leaders and subordinates alike Peer support Peer support Managing volunteers Managing volunteers Continuously assess workload Continuously assess workload  Maintaining communications with department in crisis Assign liaison early Assign liaison early More is better More is better With Officer Benjamin Kelly, Seattle PD

21 Q & A


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