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Pasco Homicides Up in 2014

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Captain Ken Roske with the Pasco Police Department said four of these homicides were officer involved and ruled as justified. The other four homicides involved people that knew each other. Captain Ken Roske with the Pasco Police Department said four of these homicides were officer involved and ruled as justified. The other four homicides involved people that knew each other.
PASCO, WA- The latest crime numbers from the Pasco Police Department reveal a surprising statistic at first glace. The number of homicides jumped 700% in 2014.

Captain Ken Roske with the Pasco Police Department said four of these homicides were officer involved and ruled as justified. The other four homicides involved people that knew each other.

Although Roske does not like any of these circumstances, the context behind the numbers gives a better understanding. Roske also mentioned that dealing with stranger to stranger homicides would raise more of a public concern.

"As far as crime rate overall, a 5% reduction is wonderful. We're pleased with that, but we try not to get too wrapped up in the numbers. More so, it's the overall feeling in the community, does the community feel safe", explained Roske.

Some of those homicides are considered gang related, but criminal gang activity as a whole has not increased. Roske hopes transparency will keep communication open between residents and police.

Pasco PD has recently created a Twitter account and as many as four officers have access to it during their shifts. This allows more options to submit tips or express your concerns all while keeping tabs on what is going on in the community.
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