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what do i do if the county sheriff and the local police wont do anything?

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I live in Yelm washington on Grove Rd. there are speeders, street racers, and even alcoholics and child molesters on this block. I see an officer MAYBE once a month drive down our street. When they are called about things going on the yelm pd pass it off to the thurston county sheriff and they pass it back. every day people blow the speed limit ( posted at 35mph) like its a race track. I've seen a convicted sex offender with under age girls and they were all drinking! people across the street always party and the police dont show up.  on the rare occasion an officer does show up they send the same one which happens to be friends with all of them. What do I do, What CAN I do about what is going on?  thank you

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I do not know the size of Yelm, if it is an incorporated entity in the form of a town or city then it has a town or city council. Attend the public meetings and voice your concerns. The town or city police dept. will usually be directed by the council/mayor/town manager to address the probelms and report back. This also holds the Chief responsible should ongoing problems go unresolved.


 

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were a small town/city. Do I have to be somebody or have money to be heard and to be able to attend the meetings?

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Is there a State Police or Highway Patrol for your area? If contacting the locals doesn't help, go to the next level of Law Enforcement..


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were a small town/city. Do I have to be somebody or have money to be heard and to be able to attend the meetings?


 


 


 


 


Allow me to climb up on my soapbox for just a minute. If you are a concerned citizen, you would also be a voter. The "somebody" you have to be to attend a city council or town meeting or whatever they are called in your area is a CONCERNED citizen. If you are a citizen of that city, town, county, municipality you are somebody. You can not make a difference if you don't try.


 


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Tom,


I would contact the Washington State Patrol if the local PD and the County Sheriff Dept. aren't doing anything about your complaints.  Another tact would be to video the activity and then calling the PD and show them what is going on.  Another would be to contact the local media and let them know what is happening. You have a few options here.

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Thanks everyone. I appreciate it alot.


 


 


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As much as I hate the media, they can be useful. 


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Sgt 405 is correct. Contact the city clerk and ask to placed on the agenda for the next council meeting. They will grant you so much time to address the council. Generally the chief of police or his/her second attends the meetings.

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As much as I hate the media, they can be useful. 



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Which particular problem is the worst??


You sure seem to know a lot about everyone else..


Anyways... I can only give a suggestion for the speeding traffic issue.. and I don't know exactly how to go about it but here near where I live they have come up with some pretty crazy speed bumps and almost like an obstacle course that forces a driver to slow down (there's no way around them) ...


Have there been a lot of accidents, collisions, hit and run, death and or injuries that occured due to the constanst speeding?

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Are you the only person complaining to the police or are your neighbors complaining as well? I am sure there is more than just 1 outstanding citizen on your street. Meet with them and ask them to voice their opinion. Try to start a neighborhood watch.

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I live in Yelm washington on Grove Rd. there are speeders, street racers, and even alcoholics and child molesters on this block. I see an officer MAYBE once a month drive down our street. When they are called about things going on the yelm pd pass it off to the thurston county sheriff and they pass it back. every day people blow the speed limit ( posted at 35mph) like its a race track. I've seen a convicted sex offender with under age girls and they were all drinking! people across the street always party and the police dont show up.  on the rare occasion an officer does show up they send the same one which happens to be friends with all of them. What do I do, What CAN I do about what is going on?  thank you



How often do these events occur?  How much traffic is on your st?  I worked a small town I got traffic complaints on a st that had hardly anyone on it.  I sat on that st a few times to catch people running the stop sign and 'racing' up and down the st.  You know what I found after sitting on the st after 1.5 hrs straight.  1) About 8 cars drove down that rd.  2) Only 2 were speepding and ran the stop sign.  Know who those people were?  Yeah you guessed it the ones complaining about the speeding and stop sign running.


Racing/Reckless Driving/MIP are on view exceptions and need not be committed in an officers presence.  If you have a camera video your complaints then take copies to the PD and perhaps city hall.  I forewarn you go to city hall they will probably write EVERYONE they find speeding, running stop signs, dead tabs, no signals, defective equipment etc.  Whats good for one ifs good for all.


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Starting a neighborhood watch is a good idea. It allows you to voice your concerns and share with the people that matter the most...in your neighborhood. Call one of the admin in your local PD and talk to them. Alot of times, they'll have options other then patrol. Things such as a radar trailer or a radar unit or available for our citizens as alternatives.


Just as an aside, whenever we set up for neighborhood speeders, a good percentage of them turn out to be those that actually live in the neighborhood. So voicing your concerns at a neighborhood meeting might open up some eyes.


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the speeding a few times a day. the drunks EVERY weekend. I have other family and friends that live on this street. We have complained to both the thurston county and Yelm dept's. nothing has been done. they tell us even with our permission they cant sit in our driveways or on our property. The media might be a good route

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I just picked up a digital camera with recording capabilities. Would that be sufficient evidence if i can catch the vehicle and or the license plate ?

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Not for an infraction but for anything criminal it will provide physical evidence.  If the video is not time/date stamped make sure you take notes recording time and date.  Oh and don't hang onto the video for a year and expect results.


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