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Ferndale Police vehicle file photo (July 25, 2016). Photo: My Ferndale News

Ferndale Police ranked high in arrest compliance audit

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) recently released the results of their annual audit of law enforcement agencies across Washington State. The WSP compliance audit is performed annually and reviews records for each prosecuting attorney, district and municipal court and originating law enforcement agency to ensure disposition reports resulting from arrest charges have been received and added to the criminal offender record information in accordance with Washington statutes.

According to the WSP, common situations where non-compliance occurs include warrant arrests not being forwarded to the court, multiple charges on an arrest in which only one charge is prosecuted in court and two arrest events for the same offense submitted but only one process control number is forwarded to the court.

The following table details Whatcom County agencies and shows the number of arrest charges during the calendar year 2015 and the percentage of those in compliance based on documents through February 2, 2017.

Originating Agency Name Charges Reported Percent In Compliance
NORTHWEST REGIONAL DRUG TASK FORCE 2 100.00%
WHATCOM COUNTY JUVENILE COURT 81 98.77%
FERNDALE POLICE DEPARTMENT 606 92.24%
BLAINE POLICE DEPARTMENT 216 90.74%
BELLINGHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT 2881 88.51%
SUMAS POLICE DEPARTMENT 51 88.24%
LYNDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT 235 86.38%
WHATCOM COUNTY SHERIFF 2153 80.91%
WHATCOM COUNTY JAIL 779 80.10%
EVERSON POLICE DEPARTMENT 183 74.32%
CAMPUS POLICE – WESTERN WASH. UNIV. 37 67.57%
NOOKSACK POLICE DEPARTMENT 22 31.82%

 

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With a 92.24% rate of compliance, the Ferndale Police Department had the 3rd best rate of compliance in Whatcom County. Considering only agencies with 100 or more arrest charges, Ferndale was 1st in compliance in Whatcom County.

Statewide and again considering only agencies with more than 100 arrest charges, Ferndale was 60th out of 292 agencies.

Ferndale’s rates of compliance during previous audits are detailed below.

Year of Audit Compliance Rate
2016 86.54%
2015 85.59%
2014 87.74%
2013 89.50%

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