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Letter to the editor: College Hill community must take action
Published 4/16/2013 6:00:00 AM
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Editor:

The College Hill Association is a not-for-profit organization comprised of students, long-term residents and concerned citizens who strive to improve the quality of life on College Hill. In light of the events surrounding David Warner’s assault, we feel the need to make a formal statement about the violent behavior that has been occurring on College Hill.

No one benefits when such behavior is tolerated.

We are pleased to be able to work closely with the Pullman Police Department and are appreciative for their responsiveness to citizen concerns. The department's 2012 report of "Crime Statistics" shows that it has been successful at significantly decreasing violent crimes in Pullman over the past several years.

However, those statistics also show that person-on-person violence is still occurring multiple times every week (175 times in 2012). The vast majority of these crimes happen on College Hill.

We applaud the WSU administration and ASWSU for speaking more openly about such crimes, and about the abuse of alcohol that often fuels them. But we want to emphasize that the well-being of the entire College Hill community requires that everyone take responsibility for reporting disturbances and for cooperating with any investigations.

Above all, we want College Hill to be a safe and friendly neighborhood. Any violence is a threat to the safety and day-to-day life of this vital community, and we are committed to working with WSU, Pullman Police Department, and the City of Pullman to discourage violent acts.

We hope all who live, work, and play on College Hill will do the same.

Jim and Jamie Peters

For the Board of the College Hill Association

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