Washington sees overall decrease in 2023 crimes despite worst officer staffing rate in US

Washington also ranks 51st among U.S. states and the District of Columbia in total officers per 1,000 residents.

LACEY, Wash. — Washington saw an overall decrease in crime last year but saw rates of hate crime and vehicle theft continue to rise along with crimes committed by juveniles.

The annual Crime in Washington Report from the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) also points to the state’s overall issues with law enforcement staffing. Despite an increase in total commissioned officers in Washington, the state ranks last out of all 50 states and the District of Columbia in the number of officers per thousand residents.

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