On Monday, the Metropolitan King County Council recognized Washington’s Most Wanted for its role in capturing their 300th fugitive.
“This show has been a huge success here in King County and all throughout the Pacific Northwest,” said Councilmember Reagan Dunn, the sponsor of the recognition. “The work this program does in assisting law enforcement officials is a tremendous public service and the show and all involved deserve our highest praise.”
WMW began in partnership with Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound in November of 2008. The program, which is based in Seattle, has expanded to include Fox Broadcasting affiliates in Spokane, Yakima, and the Tri-Cities, in addition to the CW affiliate in Portland, Ore.
“Law enforcement agencies always have relied on the assistance of citizens to bring criminals to justice, and Crime Stoppers has demonstrated great success in partnering with the public to apprehend suspects,” said Councilmember Kathy Lambert, chair of the Council’s Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee said. “Getting these criminals off the street also helps prevent repeat crimes, so we all can feel safer.”
WMW was conceived by Q13 FOX Vice President and General Manager Pam Pearson and is hosted by David Rose.
“More local crimes are solved thanks to the tips generated by ‘Washington’s Most Wanted',” Councilmember Larry Phillips said. “The show allows viewers to get involved in apprehending criminals and extends the reach of our law enforcement officers, which is a great benefit to King County residents.”
“‘Washington's Most Wanted’ is an invaluable tool for fighting crime in our region and I applaud the program's hard work," Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer said. "The capture of over 300 fugitives proves that justice can be achieved when local law enforcement officials have the means to engage with the community to solve cases."
Fifty-eight law enforcement agencies throughout the Pacific Northwest, including 20 within King County, have had fugitives featured on Washington’s Most Wanted. This program has been responsible for taking off of our streets more than 300 individuals accused of crimes that include murder, rape, theft and being an unregistered sex offender.
Here is the proclamation from the council:WHEREAS, the weekly television program, “Washington’s Most Wanted,” recently helped law enforcement capture their 300th dangerous fugitive; and
WHEREAS, the program began in partnership with Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound in November of 2008 and is based in Seattle; and
WHEREAS, in 2009, “Washington’s Most Wanted” expanded to include the Fox Broadcasting affiliates in Spokane, Yakima, and the Tri-Cities, and the CW Affiliate in Portland, OR; and
WHEREAS, the show was conceived by Q13 FOX Vice President and General Manager Pam Pearson and hosted by David Rose; and
WHEREAS, the program is widely credited with assisting law enforcement in the Pacific Northwest and King County; and
WHEREAS, 58 law enforcement agencies throughout the Pacific Northwest, including 20 within King County, have had their fugitives featured on “Washington’s Most Wanted”; and
WHEREAS, this program has been responsible for taking off of our streets over 300 individuals arrested for crimes that include murder, rape, theft, and being an unregistered sex offender; and
WHEREAS, “Washington’s Most Wanted” is focused on making communities safer and giving a voice to victims of violent crime;
NOW, THEREFORE, we, the Metropolitan King County Council, proclaim July 23, 2012, as
“WASHINGTON’S MOST WANTED” DAY
in King County.
DATED this twenty-third day of July, 2012.