State Criminal Justice Profile


BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $10 million* in state and local funds to Washington.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $3,556,281
Justice Assistance Grant Program—22 Local Awards $1,762,712
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $5,098,697

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Washington Department of Commerce 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Washington FY 2014 JAG Program $3,556,281

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
City of Bellingham 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Law Enforcement Software Upgrade and Ballistic Armor Plates for Enhanced Protection Projects $41,035
City of Bremerton 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Community Resource Unit Support $26,967
City of Everett 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Purchase and Acquisition of Law Enforcement Equipment, Technology, and Overtime Expenses $85,687
City of Kennewick 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 City and County JAG $25,505
City of Lakewood 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Partnership Between Mental Health Care Professionals and Law Enforcement $53,861
City of Longview 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Longview Police School Resource Officer Program $26,748
City of Marysville 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Equipment for Officer Safety $12,424
City of Olympia 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Mobile Computer Project $15,566
City of Port Angeles 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 City of Port Angeles JAG Project $10,195
City of Puyallup 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Recognition and Response Skills for Interaction With Individuals in Mental Health Crisis $11,729
City of Seattle 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 King County Joint JAG Program $685,828
City of Spokane Valley 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Enhancement of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices $19,586
City of Tacoma 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Pierce County Criminal Justice Projects and City of Tacoma Youth and Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Projects $289,802
City of University Place 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Orchard Corridor Surveillance Project $10,414
City of Walla Walla 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Law Enforcement Technology Improvement Project $13,118
City of Yakima 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 City and County of Yakima JAG Project $70,487
Clark County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Technology and Equipment for Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Vancouver Police Department $97,417
Grant County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Mobile Data Terminal Project $11,474
Kitsap County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Sheriff’s Office Firearms $51,668
Skagit County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Skagit Juvenile Victim Offender Meeting Program $10,779
Spokane County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 JAG FY 2014: Spokane County and the City of Spokane Enhancement and Expansion of Law Enforcement and Prosecution Programs $159,938
Thurston County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Court Delay Reduction, Phase VII—Edward Byrne JAG FY 2014 $32,484

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Kalispel Tribe of Indians 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Camas Path, People’s Place Family Resource Center $656,628
Lummi Nation 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Lummi Nation Healing to Wellness Court Expansion Project $731,195
Pierce County Superior Court 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Drug Court Enhancement to Provide Treatment Services to High-Risk Offenders With Co-Occurring Disorders $300,000
Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal Courts Enhancement and Probation Programs $525,685
Puyallup Tribal Council 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 2014 Tribal Court Enhancement Project $306,783
Quileute Tribe 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Quileute Tribe Wellness/Drug Court Project $460,313
State of Washington 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Washington State FY 2014 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program $122,426
Tulalip Foundation 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Criminal Conflict Counsel Program $121,506
Tulalip Tribes of Washington 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Corrections and Correctional Alternatives $238,897
Washington Department of Commerce 08/01/2014 – 02/29/2016 JAG 2014 Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Compliance $84,358
Washington Department of Commerce 08/01/2012 – 10/31/2015 FY 2014 Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) Compliance Reallocation Project $168,716
Washington State Department of Corrections 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Smarter Supervision With Statewide Impact $750,000
Washington State Department of Health 10/01/2014 – 03/31/2016 Washington State 2014 Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Grant Application: Category 3 $397,694
Washington Student Achievement Council 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Washington State John R. Justice Loan Repayment Program $34,496
Yakima County 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Yakima County Pretrial Program $200,000

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 256

Sworn Officers: 10,341

City     County     Tribal     State*     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • More than 82% of the 256 law enforcement agencies in Washington have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nearly 53% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.
Note: Detail may sum to less than 100% due to rounding.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, 12 officers were feloniously killed (0 in 2013) and 7 officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 1,037 officers were assaulted (2.08% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for Washington*:

Crime 2012 2013
Violent Crime 20,386 20,153
Murder and Manslaughter 206 160
Forcible Rape** 2,193 4,370
Robbery 5,745 5,819
Aggravated Assault 12,242 11,601
Property Crime 252,333 258,662
Burglary 60,725 58,353
Larceny-Theft 165,206 171,910
Motor Vehicle Theft 26,402 28,399
*Because of changes in the state/local agency’s reporting practices, figures are not comparable to previous years’ data.
**Agencies within this state submitted rape data according to both the revised UCR definition of rape and the legacy UCR definition of rape.

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (189,806) increased 10.12% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests increased 6.93% (7,699), and property-related arrests increased 14.65% (36,129).
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
Intermediate Appellate:    Court of Appeals
General Jurisdiction:    Superior Court
Limited Jurisdiction:    District Court; Municipal Court


Prisoner Admissions: 21,426
Prisoner Releases: 20,861
Total Prisoners: 17,984

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 12
Recidivism Rate*: 27.8%
Top Offenses: Assault, sex crimes, property crimes (FY 2015)

Source: Washington Department of Corrections
*The Washington Department of Corrections defines recidivism as any felony offense committed by an offender within 36 months of being in the community which results in a Washington State conviction.

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The Western States Information Network (WSIN), a RISS Center, serves Washington. There are 305 Washington criminal justice agencies that are members of WSIN.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

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In Washington, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • The 18 regional multijurisdictional drug and gang task forces that support about 80 percent of the state’s population. An oversight board helps guide the work of each multiagency interdiction team. Boards include a diverse representation of state police, local prosecution, corrections, and victim’s services officials. Evaluation and quality control is maintained through a peer review evaluation process that assesses performance and offers training on best practices for task force management. In state fiscal year 2015, 97 percent of task force arrests were at the felony level, resulting in the disruption or dismantling of 147 criminal organizations.

  • Washington State Department of Commerce, which uses a peer review system to provide oversight and ensure the integrity and effectiveness of the program. The system draws on policies and procedures of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the California Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement. The peer review system encourages sound management practices, policies, and operating procedures in gang and drug enforcement. It assesses the comparative productivity and impact of each task force on gang activity and drug trafficking in its respective region.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

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State Administering Agency (SAA)

Washington State Department of Community,Trade and Economic Development Safe and Drug Free Communities Unit, Local Government Division Dan McConnon, Deputy Director

Washington At-A-Glance

Total Population: 6,971,406
Population Under 18: 1,595,795
Population Over 65: 951,084

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
Washington State Patrol John Batiste, Chief

Local Governments: 1,900
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 29
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Offices: Michael C. Ormsby—Eastern District of Washington, Spokane Annette L. Hayes—Western District of Washington, Seattle Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: Washington Military Department Major General Bret D. Daugherty, Adjutant General and Director

Drug Courts: 68
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center