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Please visit AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Webpage for detailed information.
Yes, Tri-Cities Animal Control uses Petango.com for pets looking for their forever home. View images here.
- The agreements represent an exchange of a valuable right (water or sewer service in exchange for annexation) and they are valid and enforceable contracts.
- They are recorded as a covenant with the property and thus are binding on future owners.
- The City has the legal right to use the petition method of annexation (where the annexation is approved based on 60% of the property value in an area), so no citizen has been deprived any right to vote.
However, when asked as recently as 2013, the voters of Pasco overwhelmingly (nearly 70%) stated that the recently annexed areas should remain part of the City, and even a clear majority of the voters (59.4%) within those areas chose to stay in Pasco.
2. Lower priced water service - City residents pay 47% less for potable water service (irrigation water is not affected by annexation).
3. Emergency response from City Fire/Police Departments - More first responders serving a smaller area usually provide faster service, and lower ambulance transport charges, as non-residents pay 50% more.
4. Fire Protection - The City will cause additional fire hydrants to be installed over time, improving the ability to suppress structure fires in the area.
5. Lower cost for City recreation programs - City residents are charged about 20% less for recreation facilities and programs and have priority for registration, particularly for swim classes.
6. Code Enforcement - The City uses a five member, citizen Code Enforcement Board to hear and decide issues related to dangerous or unsightly property conditions: for example, weed control, blowing dust and property nuisances.
7. Lower Homeowner Insurance Costs - Upon annexation, fire insurance ratings (determined by insurance industry) will improve from class 7 to class 5, which will produce as much as 15% savings on annual homeowner insurance. You should check with your provider to see what cost savings there may be for your specific property.
8. Elections - City residents retain the right to vote for County Commissioners. New City residents will be able to vote on important City ballot issues such as Council members and any future bond/taxing issues. The City Council makes the final decision on such issues as utility rates, proposed zoning changes and recreation fees, amongst others.
You may advise the City Clerk prior to the meeting that you wish to speak or you may always speak under the citizens participation portion of the meeting.
Yes, City Council meetings are televised live (Mondays at 7pm) and rebroadcast two weeks following the meeting. Rebroadcasts can be seen on PSC-TV Cable Channel 191. You can also watch a meeting via streaming video via PSC-TV Video-On-Demand.
City Council meetings are televised live (usually Mondays at 7pm) and rebroadcast two weeks following the meeting. If you miss a meeting, a rebroadcast can be seen on PSC-TV Cable Channel 191. You can also watch a meeting via streaming video on demand via PSC-TV Video-On-Demand.
Dogs that can be heard continuously within an enclosed structure off their owner's property for more than five minutes are considered “nuisance animals” according to Pasco Municipal Code 6.05.350. If you would like to report a barking dog, please fill out a Barking Dog Complaint form and return it to the Code Enforcement office. A Barking Dog Complaint form must be received for any action to be taken by a code enforcement officer.
If you see someone dumping trash or other items on an undeveloped piece of property or in your garbage container, please call the non-emergency dispatch line for the Pasco Police Department at (509) 628-0333.
No. Animal Control handles all complaints about animals “at large,” or loose in the city limits. You can contact Animal Control and report an at large animal by calling (509) 545-3740. If the animal is acting in an aggressive manner and you believe it to be an immediate threat to you or others and Animal Control is unavailable, please call non-emergency dispatch at (509) 628-0333.
The Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RCW 59.18) covers all those who rent their home. Resources that may help you with your landlord/tenant issues are available on the website for the Washington State Office of the Attorney General. If you are tenant who believes that there are conditions in your home which may not meet the City of Pasco’s housing code, you can contact Code Enforcement to request an inspection by the city’s housing inspector at (509) 543-5743.
Communication Services is a division of the Executive Department and is responsible for operating Pasco City Television (PSC-TV) Channel 191 on Spectrum/Charter Cable, City publications, social media, cable franchising, and this City of Pasco website.
Under federal law, "franchising authorities" (in Washington State, these are cities and counties) can require cable television companies to negotiate a franchise (in other words, a contract) to provide cable TV service within a municipality.
The City of Pasco currently has one non-exclusive franchise with Spectrum Communications (formerly Charter Cable). Follow the link below to download the current franchise document. The City's Executive Department (which Communication Services is a division) negotiates, monitors, and enforces the rules set forth in the franchise. The City collects a franchise fee of 5% of gross revenues from Spectrum for their use of the public's right-of-way. Communication Services can also assist cable subscribers in resolving complaints and answering questions regarding their cable service.
If you are a Spectrum cable TV customer in the City of Pasco and have an issue that you are unable to resolve directly with Spectrum, please feel free to contact Communication Services at (509) 545-3485 or use the AskPasco app.
The Franchise Fee reflects the rent charged to Spectrum/Charter Communications in order to use public roads and right-of-way to provide cable TV service to subscribers in our community. This fee is based on 5 percent of the gross revenue collected by Spectrum. Federal cable legislation caps the amount to 5% and allows cable companies to pass on this fee directly to customers.
The City currently has one non-exclusive franchise with Spectrum Communications to provide cable television service in Pasco:
Spectrum Communications, 5802 North Road 68, Pasco.Phone: (888) 406-7063
As a cable customer in Pasco, Communication Services can assist you in resolving billing or service disputes you may have with the cable company. Communication Services can also answer questions you may have regarding the franchise the City has with Spectrum/Charter Communications. These questions may include issues regarding customer service and Pasco City Television.
Communication Services is located in Pasco City Hall on the 3rd Floor.
Communication ServicesPasco City Hall525 N. 3rd AvenuePasco, WA 99301(509) 545-3485
To be appointed a public defender, you must meet BOTH FINANCIAL ELIGIBILITY AND CASE ELIGIBILITY standards. Financial Eligibility To be appointed a public defender, you must be considered "indigent." The following circumstances meet Washington indigency standards pursuant to RCW 10.101:
Public Defenders are only appointed by a judge, in court, after a determination is made that you qualify for such an attorney. At your initial court date, called an arraignment hearing, you will have the opportunity to request a Public Defender. If you request a Public Defender at your arraignment, then the Judge/Court will provide you with a separate appointment date to apply for a Public Defender (usually this appointment is scheduled the next Wednesday following your arraignment hearing). This appointment will be located at front window of the Municipal Court Clerk’s Office. At the appointment, you will be required to complete an Indigent Screening Form provided by the court to determine whether you qualify for a Public Defender. The defendants must bring documentation their income.
The following illustrates the process:
Step 1: At your Arraignment, request a Public Defender to assist you on your criminal case. The Judge/Court will provide you with an Appointment to appear and apply for Public Defender.
Step 2: At your Appointment, the Court Clerk will require you to complete an Indigent Screening Form. Upon completing this Form, the Court Clerk will notify you whether you qualified for a Public Defender.
Step 3: If you qualify for a Public Defender, the Court Clerk will provide you with an information sheet called the Appointment of Counsel. The Appointment of Counsel provides the name and contact information of your Public Defender. More importantly, it provides your next mandatory court hearing. IMPORTANT NOTE: IF YOU DO NOT APPEAR AT THIS HEARING, A WARRANT WILL BE ISSUED FOR YOUR ARREST!
When you were approved for a Public Defender, the Court Clerk should have provided you with your Defender’s Introductory Letter. The Defender’s Introductory Letter is a letter from your Public Defender providing detailed information on how to contact him/her. If you have lost your Defender’s Introductory Letter, you may click on your Defender’s name below for his/her Introductory Letter:
You have the following five options when you have a warrant for your arrest:
5. You can do nothing and wait until you are arrested by law enforcement.
The court appoints public defenders on a rotational basis from a panel of attorneys. The defendant does not have a choice in who is appointed. If you do not like your public defender, you have the following options:
If you want to file a complaint about your Court Appointed Attorney, please call or email Office of Public Defense Administrator Raymond Hui at (509) 302-3001 or email [email protected]
Mr. Hui can help in filing your complaint.
See Instructions and Form below:
When you are arrested or charged with a Washington State crime you have many important rights. These rights are guaranteed by the United States Constitution, the Washington State Constitution, statute, case law, and court rule. Protecting these rights for you and all the citizens of Washington State is one of the fundamental jobs of the Office of Pubic Defense. Pasco Municipal Court uses this Statement of Rights Form.
Landlords have the option of not releasing the keys to the tenant until they verify the service is under the tenant’s name.
Please do not tamper with the meter or the padlock that may be placed on the meter. It is unlawful to turn water on or off at the meter or to tamper with the water meter, associated valves or piping. There will be charges for tampering, any damages to the meter, the cost of the time necessary to repair those damages, and for damaged locks.
Pasco Police Use of Force Procedure directs officers to use de-escalation when reasonable under the totality of circumstances.
The officers are trained in de-escalation and regularly train on the application.
When reasonable under the totality of circumstances, officers should gather information about the incident, assess the risks, assemble resources, attempt to slow momentum and communicate and coordinate a response. In their interaction with subjects, officers should use advisements, warnings, verbal persuasion, and other tactics and alternatives to higher levels of force. Officers should recognize that they may withdraw to a position that is tactically more secure or allows them greater distance in order to consider or deploy a greater variety of Force Options. Officers shall perform their work in a manner that avoids unduly jeopardizing their own safety or the safety of others through poor tactical decisions.
As a good practice, supervisors will acknowledge and respond to incidents in a timely manner where law enforcement use of force is probable. Supervisors should possess a good knowledge of tactics and ensure that officers under their supervision perform to a standard.
Authorized Force Tools, Description, Requirements, Uses and Considerations
Level of Control – Low-Level Force
Officers will, when and to the extent reasonably possible, attempt to use verbal communication skills to control subjects before resorting to physical control methods.
The Department is the first department in the area to deploy body cameras to all patrol officers, and has been using dash cameras on patrol cars since 2000.
Pasco Police Patrol Policy
41.3.8 AUDIO/VIDEO RECORDING EQUIPMENT
Body Worn Camera
It is the policy of the Pasco Police Department that officers shall activate the BWC when such use is appropriate to the proper performance of his or her official duties, where the recordings are consistent with this policy and law. This policy does not govern the use of surreptitious recording devices used in undercover operations.
The Pasco Police Use of Force Procedure directs officers to use advisements in an effort to de-escalate a situation.
Use of Force Model
D. Levels of Control (see Use of Force Model)
3. Deadly Force
Parameters for Use of Deadly Force
An officer may use deadly force upon another person only when it is objectively reasonable to:
Use of Force Procedure
Presence and verbal communication
Pasco Police Officers have a duty to intervene when they observe another officer using force that is clearly beyond that which is objectively reasonable under the circumstances. They must also report to a supervisor.
Pasco Police Use of Force Procedure
Duty to intervene
Any officer present and observing another officer using force that is clearly beyond that which is objectively reasonable under the circumstances shall, when in a position to do so, safely intercede to prevent the use of such excessive force. Officers shall promptly report these observations to a supervisor.
Pasco Police Officers are not authorized to discharge a firearm either at or from a moving vehicle unless it is absolutely necessary to protect against the imminent threat of life of the officer or others.
Use of Force with a firearm
2. Officers are not authorized to discharge their firearm:
c. Either at or from a moving vehicle unless it is absolutely necessary to do so to protect against imminent threat to the life of the officer or others.
1) a person in the vehicle is threatening the officer or another person with deadly force by means other than the vehicle
2) the vehicle is operated in a manner deliberately intended to strike an officer or another person, and all other reasonable means of defense have been considered (or are not present or practical), which includes moving out of the path of the vehicle.
The Pasco Police Department employs a Use of Force Model. In use of force incidents, the officer will transition to differing degrees or types of force, including attempts to de-escalate.
Use of Force Policy
Each bold force option within the levels of control represents the highest level of force option available; however, other force options should be considered to help de-escalate the situation.
This graphic is intended as a general guideline for an officer. The subject(s) actions will dictate the Resistance Level and officers will make an “objectively reasonable” force option.
In use of force incidents, the officer will transition to differing degrees or types of force, including attempts to de-escalate. Force situations are dynamic and require an officer to continually assess the subject’s actions to ensure an objectively reasonable response. Officers shall modify their Level of Control in relation to the amount of resistance offered by a subject.
Upon the use of moderate to higher levels of use of force, a Pasco Police Officer is required to complete a Use of Force Report.
Pasco Police Officers do not use a firearm to gain compliance of a subject or for intimidation. Officers are not allowed to draw or display their firearm unless the circumstances create reasonable belief that is may be necessary to use the firearm in the performance of their duty.
Pasco Police Use of Force Policy
4.2.1 REPORTING WEAPON DISCHARGE AND USES OF FORCE
B. Use of Force Reporting
Employees are sometimes required to use force to make arrests and control situations. The use of force model outlines the progression of force options. Reportable force incidents which require the completion of a Use of Force Report, but are not limited to:
1. Control Tactics/ Impact Tactics (Takedown with injury, Strikes, Kicks)
2. Baton/Impact Weapons (Jabs, Strikes)
3. OC Spray
4. CEW (touch stun and probe deployment)
5. VNR (Level 2 and 3)
6. Canine (With bites)
7. Use of Force with a vehicle:
8. Use of Force with a Firearm
Supervisors will respond without necessary delay to all potential reportable uses of force.
When the use of force results in serious injury or death, investigators (Special Investigative Unit) and internal affairs will conduct an investigation. In these situations, officers are granted time, at the discretion of the Field Operations Captain, to contact legal counsel before completing a report or making a formal statement.
Pasco Police Procedure Manual
Officers are not authorized to draw or display their firearms, except for training at an approved firearms range, unless the circumstances create reasonable belief that it may be necessary to use the firearm in the performance of their duty.
Chokeholds and Strangleholds are not allowed by the policy or procedures of the Pasco Police department. No physical maneuver that restricts an individual’s ability to breath for the purpose of incapacitation is allowed unless lethal force is authorized.
Pasco Police Officers have been trained in the use of the Vascular Neck Restraint procedure.
Pasco Police Use of Force ProcedureUse of Force Policy
Vascular Neck Restraint (VNR) - VNR is a specific method of applying pressure to the side of a subject’s neck to overcome resistance and allow safe control. This technique is used only in accordance with official departmental training and policy.
F. Vascular Neck Restraint
There are three levels to applying the VNR. Level One begins with Low-Level Force and may progress to the Intermediate based on the subject’s actions.
Level of Control:
Low-Level Force -- VNR Level One (minimum restraint)
Intermediate Force -- VNR Level Two (medium restraint)
VNR Level Three (maximum restraint)
The VNR is a control technique in which the carotid arteries on the sides of the neck are compressed, limiting blood flow to the brain, causing the subject to momentarily pass out.
No officer will use the VNR without first completing the certification course provided in the police academy or by PPD instructors.
Pasco Police Officers have a duty to render aid upon a subject after a use of force upon that person. PPD Officers are trained in first aid/CPR, AED, carry tourniquets, and Narcan.
Whenever an officer applies a Use of Force option upon a subject that results in a visible injury or complaint of injury, an officer will monitor the subject and summon aid or transport for medical attention. Once the scene is safe, officers will render first aid to subjects who have been seriously injured as a result of police actions.
The Pasco Police Department is fully committed to implementing the requirements of Washington State Initiative 940, including having civilian community members as part of an independent team investigating deadly use of force incidents. The PPD continues to participate in the Regional Special Investigations Unit (SIU) to provide outside and independent investigations for deadly force investigations. No Pasco Police investigators will be used to investigate a Pasco incident.
Reportable Use of Force
It is the policy of this department to conduct a fair, impartial and thorough investigation of all uses of deadly force for the interest of the officer, the department and the community alike. The following procedures shall apply to all deadly force investigations:
A. Primary Responsibilities in a Deadly Force Investigation
The City’s primary goal (and duty) is to provide safe and open access to the main roadwaysystem. To be fiscally responsible, and inthe interest of public safety, it would not befeasible for the City to provide this service.
Plowing and piling snow into the center of astreet creates a safety hazard. The freeze-thawcycle creates a bigger challenge when themelting snow freezes on the road surfaceduring the evening. Traffic flow is restrictedby eliminating a portion of a driving lane, andit creates sight obstructions for low groundclearance vehicles.
Yes, on designated streets where parkingis normally allowed. However, if parked onthe street, your car could inadvertently besurrounded by a snowbank following plowingoperations. Maneuvering a snowplow in andout between parked vehicles can be verydangerous, and it is not an efficient way toplow snow. If you have the opportunity to avoidparking in the street, it is greatly appreciatedand encouraged.
With over 600+ lane miles of roadway tomaintain, it is difficult to plow all of the streetswith the City’s limited staff and equipment.Most of the First Priority routes contain fourlanes plus turning lanes; these routes can keepequipment busy 24 hours a day, even after thesnow quits falling. The City’s goal is to maintaina safe travel route for you and your family. The City makes every effort to get to the lowerpriority streets when weather and conditionsallow.