New Computer System For Thurston County

The Lacey, Olympia, Tenino, Tumwater, and Yelm Police Departments will all be implementing a new computer system on Tuesday, August 6. The new system will be used for most tasks within the Departments, from writing case reports in the field to managing evidence at the station, as well as managing law enforcement records. The five cities form a consortium that runs one information system. By pooling resources, the five police departments are able to increase information sharing while decreasing costs.

The Police Departments expect that there may be some delays in service during the weeks of August 5 and August 12, 2013 as officers and staff become familiar with the new software. Emergency response will not be affected. However, response to non-emergency calls may take a little longer than usual. Customer service at the police stations and requests for police records may also be impacted.

The Departments appreciate the public’s patience as we make this important software upgrade. The new system will allow the police to serve their communities more effectively and efficiently.

Mason Conservation Meeting 8/5

The Mason Conservation District Board of Supervisors has scheduled a Special Meeting Monday August 5th at 5:00 PM at the District office. An executive session will be held to discuss possible future litigation. Action may be taken following the executive session.

Rock Blasting: Snoqualmie Pass

Drivers need to be prepared for nightly closures on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass next week for rock blasting starting at 7 p.m. Closures may exceed two hours on Aug. 5 , 6 and 8. The Aug. 7 closure is planned for one hour. The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews plan to close I-90 in both directions eastbound at Gold Creek (milepost 56) and westbound at Price Creek (milepost 61) and Easton (for the extended closures). A reopening time depends on the amount of debris that comes down and repairs needed to the highway. Drivers need to plan for two or more hours of added travel time.

Drivers will also experience delays due to multiple construction zones from North Bend to Ellensburg Monday through Friday.

It’s a busy summer for construction and drivers need to plan their trips ahead of time. WSDOT provides a variety of tools to navigate over I-90:


Town Watch: National Night Out

Details: The 30th annual National Night Out, a unique crime prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 6th, 2013. Sheriff Snaza cordially invites communities in Thurston County to be part of the Night Out 2013 team.

Last year’s National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from 15, 704 communities from all 50 states. In all, 37.5 million people participated in NNO in 2012.

National Night Out is designated to: Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs, Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back!

Along with the traditional display of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, cities, towns, and neighborhoods celebrate NNO with a variety of events and activities such as: block parties, cookouts, visits from local law enforcements officers and fire departments, parades, flashlight walks, contests and youth programs. NNO has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer nation.

If your neighborhood community wishes to be part of this event, please go to the National Association of Town Watch website at: They can also be reached at 610-649-7055. Once registered, coordinators receive an Organizational Kit filled with “how-to” materials such as promotional ideas, guidelines, tips, Q&A’s, camera ready art, sample news releases, and proclamations, etc. If your community is going to participate, please contact your local law enforcement agency so they can send representatives to support you.