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CRIME PREVENTION

       

VOLUNTEER
Covington police have developed a new Citizen Police Volunteer Program and are reaching out to members of the community that are interested in helping deter criminal activity. Volunteers will provide assistance to officers by adding a visible presence in neighborhoods, parks, streets and business areas in Covington, as well as administrative support to the Police Department.

Citizens interested in participating in the volunteer program are urged to complete the volunteer application packet. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and applicants must also clear a criminal history background check.

For more information, please contact Covington's Police Chief Megan Roberts at megan.roberts@kingcounty.gov or download the Volunteer Application Form.

BLOCKWATCH
Crime happens, but where it happens and to whom can be influenced by you and your neighbors. The Block Watch program is a community-based crime prevention program that encourages residents to take a proactive approach to crime prevention and safety. If your neighborhood does not currently have an active block watch, someone must volunteer to become the captain and get things started.

The King County Sheriff's Office has created a Block Watch Handbook which includes information on:
  • How to organize a block watch meeting
  • Tips for block watch captains
  • Mapping your neighborhood
  • Creating a phone tree
  • Additional Resources

Please use this handbook as a resource when beginning a Block Watch program in your neighborhood. Please note that contact information provided in the handbook applies to King County only, not Covington residents, however, it is still a great reference to learn from.

IDENTITY THEFT
Federal Trade Commission: Identity theft hotline: 1-877-IDTHEFT
http://www.ftc.gov

U.S. Postal Service:
http://www.usps.com/postalinspectors

Internet Crime Complaint Center:
https://www.ic3.gov

HOUSE CHECKS
As a service to the residents of the City of Covington, the Covington Police Department offers free house checks. Officers will periodically check the exterior of your home while you are away. This service helps to deter potential burglars and provides for additional security while your house in unoccupied. To request a house check, please complete a Covington Police Department House Check Form and deliver it to the Covington Police Department.

CAR SEAT PROGRAM
Car Seat Program / Safety Checks - CLICK HERE

EXTRA PATROLS
How do I request Extra Patrols or Traffic Enforcement in my neighborhood?
Contact Chief Megan Roberts at megan.roberts@kingcounty.gov.

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CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECK
http://www.wsp.wa.gov/crime/criminal-history

IIT (INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION TEAM)
As part of the Law Enforcement Training and Community Safety Act that became effective in Washington State this year, police agencies must develop an IIT (Independent Investigation Team) to conduct independent investigations when the use of deadly force by a police officer results in death or great bodily harm. As a contract city with the King County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Covington selected two individuals after an application process to serve on the IIT. These individuals must be non-law enforcement community representatives that represent the impacted community where the incident occurred. For more information, please feel free to contact Covington's Police Chief Megan Roberts at megan.roberts@kingcounty.gov.

FIREWORKS
EFFECTIVE 12/10/2020 - FIREWORKS ARE NOW BANNED INSIDE COVINGTON CITY LIMITS

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July 4, 2020 was the final holiday that legal fireworks will be allowed to be discharged in Covington. In 2019, Covington City Council approved an ordinance to ban the sale, possession and discharge of fireworks. This new law goes into effect December 10, 2020, making July 4, 2020 the final day that legal fireworks may be discharged in Covington.

OTHER SERVICES
http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/sheriff/services.aspx