Police Chief Thomas sends out another letter about criminal activity in Redondo


On Monday, July 30, Des Moines Police Chief Ken Thomas sent out another letter to the community, addressing recent criminal activity.

This is Thomas’ second letter about crime, and like the first – which was sent out June 19 – it’s focused on criminal activity in the Redondo area.

“Unfortunately, this past weekend, we sent our officers that were assigned to Redondo over to Kent to assist with staffing so they can help their officers work through the tragedy of losing a fellow officer,” Thomas said. “This left Redondo without the extra police presence when the shooting occurred.” (read about that shooting here)

Des Moines Police are seeking funding in the upcoming budget to deploy a Police Observation Devices (POD) camera near the Redondo Pier. This camera system will have four separate cameras that can be monitored by staff remotely via their cellphone.

“This will be very overt and we want everybody to know that the camera is there and we are watching for criminal activity,” Thomas said.

Staff will be meeting with a camera vendor on Aug. 8 to determine what equipment will best suit the needs of that area.

“I can assure you that making Redondo as safe as possible is a top priority for our City Council, Administration and Police Department. We will continue to move ahead quickly and we are committed to making our entire Des Moines community safe and enjoyable for our residents.”

Here’s the full text of Thomas’ letter:

July 30; 2018

Several weeks ago, I sent out a message about our police department strategies to address criminal activity in the Redondo area. In that message, I advised that we would be adding additional staffing on an overtime basis when possible. In addition; I talked about working to address parking issues in the area as a way to manage late night loitering and criminal activity.

Here is an update on what we have done and additional strategies we intend to deploy. First, we have done a very good job of filling the majority of overtime spots to provide a positive police presence. Unfortunately, this past weekend, we sent our officers that were assigned to Redondo over to Kent to assist with staffing so they can help their officers work through the tragedy of losing a fellow officer. This left Redondo without the extra police presence when the shooting occurred. Many regional police agencies are assisting with Kent Staffing and our officers wanted to do their part to help. That was my call and I am responsible for that decision. We will continue to provide additional overtime staffing at Redondo as we can.

Last week I met with members of our Public Works Department and discussed placing restricted parking signs along Redondo Way near Wooton Park. The plan is to have signs up by the end of August that restrict parking along Redondo Way from 10:00 PM until 5:00 AM. Fishermen and legitimate users of city facilities can get a parking pass from the Marina to use this area for parking during restricted times.

I also met with representatives from Highline Community College last week and received permission for our officers to utilize the Mast Center as a workstation. We are working out the details and anticipate that this will allow for even more of a police presence in the Redondo area.

In collaboration with the City Manager, we plan to ask the City Council for funding in the upcoming budget to deploy a POD camera near the Pier. This camera system is a POD that will have four separate cameras that can be monitored by our staff remotely via their cellphone. This will be very overt and we want everybody to know that the camera is there and we are watching for criminal activity. Staff will be meeting with a camera vendor on August 8th to determine what equipment will best suit the needs of that area.

Some of these strategies take time. I can assure you that making Redondo as safe as possible is a top priority for our City Council, Administration and Police Department. We will continue to move ahead quickly and we are committed to making our entire Des Moines community safe and enjoyable for our residents.

Ken Thomas
Police Chief
Des Moines Police Department
206.870.7601
[email protected]


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One Response to “Police Chief Thomas sends out another letter about criminal activity in Redondo”
  1. Diane Schairer says:

    Thank you for working to ensure that Redondo is a safe place for people of all ages to enjoy. I understand why your team would want to support Kent, and respect that decision. Thank you for keeping us informed, and for your creative problem solving on behalf of all of us. Thank your officers, too.

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