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Posted on: February 8, 2024

Snoqualmie-North Bend Police Chief Brian Lynch presents a Police Update to the Community

Snoqualmie Police Department Update

In recent months, North Bend has experienced several high-profile criminal incidents that have brought the statewide rise in crime to the forefront of residents’ and councilmembers’ minds.

As an added item to the February 6 North Bend City Council meeting, Snoqualmie-North Bend Police Chief Brian Lynch provided a Police Department Update to the community, where he acknowledged growing concerns and gave context to recent incidents of crime in North Bend, while also addressing a pathway moving forward.

“I have heard the concerns from the Councilmembers over this last week, and they are the same concerns I have as a citizen of this neighborhood, and my family who lives here as well,” said Chief Lynch. He shared an overview of anomalous, recent crimes that occurred in North Bend between November 14, 2023, and February 5, 2024. He also noted his recent meeting with the Public Health and Safety Committee, where he spoke of this subject with committee members.

“It should be noted that all of these people are not from the Valley,” Chief Lynch said. These crimes are “not home-grown. Mostly, we see cars coming up Highway 18 from the south end of the County,” he continued. “This is not just a Valley problem. This is an everywhere-in-the-state-of-Washington problem,” Chief Lynch said.

He provided a brief overview of crime statistics across the entire State of Washington for 2021 and 2022, adding perspective to what is happening on a larger level. Chief Lynch noted a five percent increase in crimes against persons, and 10 percent increase in crimes against property in the State in 2021 through 2022. Statistics for 2023 will be made available this summer, he added.

In his Update, Chief Lynch spoke about a path forward, and ways that the Snoqualmie Police Department can continue to help. He spoke about a recent meeting with Mayor Miller, Councilmember Rustik, and representatives of Simon Property Group, owners of the North Bend Premium Outlet Mall.

Ideas the Department is considering utilizing right now in preventing future burglaries include:

  • The Outlet Mall has offered to provide a storefront for a police station office, with a location for police vehicles, providing a place for high visibility
  • Police are right now re-deploying resources to become more visible, which can act as a deterrent for crime
  • Flock cameras: Cameras that can be installed in areas of the Outlet Mall to photograph vehicles and provide working officers information on stolen cars as they arrive on property
  • Help from Olympia: The Police Department sent their legislative priorities for the session to Olympia, and are in contact with the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC), which has also sent lobbyists to Olympia
  • Meeting with local businesses: Chief Lynch met with local businesses at a North Bend Downtown Foundation merchant meeting in 2023. He looks forward to continuing this form of outreach

Chief Lynch recommended elected officials and citizens consider sharing your concerns about local and statewide crime with our state legislature. Here are a few simple ways to connect:

  • Contact 5th District Representative Lisa Callan via phone, at (360) 786-7876
  • Contact 5th District Representative Senator Mark Mullet by email, at mark.mullet@leg.wa.gov, or by phone, at (425) 213-4146
  • Contact 5th District Representative Bill Ramos by email, at bill.ramos@leg.wa.gov, or by phone, at (360) 786-7852
  • Contact 12th District Representative Keith Goehner by email, at keith.goehner@leg.wa.gov, or by phone, at (360) 786-7954
  • Contact 12th District Representative, Senator Brad Hawkins by phone, at (360) 786-7622
  • Contact 12th District Representative Mike Steele by email, at mike.steele@leg.wa.gov, or by phone, at (360) 786-7832

 Watch Chief Lynch’s presentation at the February 6 City Council meeting by visiting the City’s Media Center webpage (beginning at 16 minutes in).

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