Federal Way mayor proposes hiring more officers, installing cameras

Mayor Jim Ferrell wants to add nine more police officers and install cameras on a few public street corners.

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -  Federal Way has seen a spike in deadly gun violence with eight murders so far this year. Now Mayor Jim Ferrell wants to add more police officers.

Ferrell wants to add nine officers to the existing 131 officers on Federal Way’s police force. Ferrell says it would cost about $1.6 million a year. Tuesday night, he presented the proposal at city hall.

In a city, that on average, has four to five homicides a year, there is deep concern about the amount of gun violence.

“Within a 48-hour period in May of this year, there were three homicides, and at least two of those appear to be completely random,” said Ferrell. “That really sent shockwaves through the community about addressing the crime.”

Mayor Ferrell said the individual suspected of being responsible for those cases, along with a fourth homicide, is in custody on unrelated charges.

Since May, there's been more deadly violence, and just last week a close call.

“There was a drive-by shooting, and that's really what was the straw that broke the camel's back for me,” said Ferrell.

Mayor Ferrell is also ready for the city to install cameras on a few public street corners.

“We are going to make sure that when someone comes into the city of Federal Way or leaves the city of Federal Way, if they've committed a crime, we are going to have them on film,” said Ferrell.

The discussion around hiring more officers is part of budget talks. The city is expected to adopt a final budget in mid-November.

Copyright 2016 KING


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