City of Tukwila E-Hazelnut Newsletter
May 2017
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Mayor: Allan Ekberg

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Summer Housing Information Session for 
families in the Tukwila School District 

Join us on June 12 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the Tukwila Library to learn about rights and resources as you and your family prepare for your housing needs at the end of the school year.

Presented in partnership by the Tukwila School District, the City of Tukwila, the King County Bar Association, and the Tukwila Library.  Presentations will include information from KCBA around tenant's rights, the City of Tukwila Human Service resources, and Tukwila School District information. 

Every year a marketing firm working on behalf of the residential security alarm industry generates an inaccurate list of the  "most dangerous cities" in the United States. Tukwila consistently makes the list because we have a small residential population, which is dwarfed by the significant amount of people who come to Tukwila to work, shop and play. On average, more than 150,000 people are in Tukwila every day; less than 20,000 people sleep here every night.

The group that distributes this list uses FBI statistics in a way that the FBI explicitly says not to do. The FBI statistics cover all crimes that occur in a city, but this company only applies it to the number of people who live in the city. If we were to manipulate other data in the same way this company does, here's what that would look like:

Apollo did not come to the Tukwila Police Department through the normal route that most police K-9's do. Apollo was abandoned and sent to a shelter within the state. He stayed at the shelter for six months and was deemed to have too much energy to be considered for adoption and was about to be euthanized. Before doing so, the shelter called a Washington State narcotics K-9 trainer and asked her to take a look at Apollo to see if he was possibly  a candidate for detection work. The trainer ran Apollo through some drills and thought he would indeed be a great narcotics K-9. She took Apollo out of the shelter and put him in her kennels at the Department of Corrections (DOC).

Unfortunately, Apollo had to wait another 12 months as one dog after another was selected over him by other officers who were going through narcotics school and wouldn't give him a chance. No one would give him a chance simply because he was a pit bull who often have bad reputations based on misconceptions and lack of training.

The Tukwila Police Deparment contacted the trainer last summer while searching for a K-9 and were told about Apollo. The trainer stated that he was a high drive dog and he would finish first in narcotics school if someone would give him a chance.

Tukwila PD decided to give Apollo that chance and are glad that they did. Apollo finished narcotics school in November of last year and did indeed finish first in his class. He is extremely friendly and can often be found trying to get anyone to play with him. He has brought great joy to everyone at the department in addition to being a very productive and hard worker. He is now a part of his handler's personal family and the family of the Tukwila Police Department.

Check out the video below of Apollo having some fun with his youngest fan during the Coffee With A Cop event at Starbucks in Southcenter Mall: