West Richland PD asking for a new police station

West Richland PD asking for a new police station

The West Richland Police Department says it needs funding for a new police station.

Chief Ben Majetich says while officers do a good job keeping the public safe, their current facility is too small and outdated.

West Richland is considered one of the safest cities in Washington. However, the community has grown 115 percent in 20 years and has “outgrown” the current police station, which was built in the early 1970s, according to police.

The city was recently ranked 12th on a list of the top 20 safest cities in Washington, according to safewise.com.

“This is good news, but it does not mean we are immune to crime,” said Majetich.

In the past month, West Richland officers responded to calls for burglary, child sexual assault, theft, drug overdoses, racial crimes and domestic violence. A police officer also was assaulted when trying to take a suspect into custody.

The police department has come up with a bond proposal for a new building, which the West Richland City Council will consider butting on the April Special Election Ballot during its Dec. 4 and 18 meetings.

The department is holding a Town Hall meeting on the proposal at 3100 Belmont Boulevard on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m.

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