Public Safety Sales Tax at Work

It’s often called Community Policing, and its back in Olympia. One officer of the Olympia Police Department will be walking the streets downtown. Officer Jeff Herbig, a veteran officer of the Olympia Police Department, has been selected to fill this position.Over the course of his law enforcement career he has been a School Resource Officer, a Detective, a Police Training Officer, and served on the Thurston County Narcotics Task Force. Herbig will focus on developing relationships with downtown businesses and community members. He will focus on “hot spots” of illegal activity.

The program had been reduced and then stopped completely in 2010 due to lack of funding. In 2012, voters in Olympia approved a measure to increase the local sales tax to fund Public Safety needs. With these additional resources, the Police Department is able to field one officer for the Downtown Walking Patrol in 2013 and plans to add another officer in 2014.

The Department worked with the Olympia Downtown Association (ODA), the Parking & Business Improvement Area (PBIA), and others to define the Officer’s duties. The goal of the program is to help ensure that Downtown Olympia is a good place to work, visit, and play. Connie Lorenz, Executive Director of the ODA says, “The ODA is delighted to have the Olympia Police Department Walking Patrol back on the streets of downtown Olympia. Having the Walking Patrol back in downtown has been a long-time goal of the Safety Committee of the ODA.”

Information from the Olympia Police Department

June 12, 2013