CWU releases Annual Security and Fire Safety Report


Sean Bessette, Editor in Chief

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report was sent to all students, faculty and staff via email by Police Chief Jason Berthon-Koch on Thursday, Sept. 30. The crime statistics presented in the report are for the three most recent calendar years, not school years.

Some crime rates remained stagnant, if not grew, last year. On the Ellensburg campus, four cases of aggravated assault were reported, up from zero in 2019. Two weapon law arrests were reported, up from zero in 2019. There were nine cases of domestic violence reported in 2020. The same number was reported in 2019 and 2018.

Three cases of rape, four cases of fondling, four cases of burglary and 14 cases of stalking were reported. All of which were decreases from the previous year.

Liquor law arrests saw a notable decrease in 2020, dropping from 39 to nine. Drug law arrests saw a significantly lesser decrease, dropping from 53 to 46.

In 2020, there were zero cases of murder/non-negligent manslaughter, manslaughter by negligence, incest, statutory rape, robbery, motor vehicle theft, dating violence or arson on the Ellensburg campus.

Additionally, no hate crimes were reported on the Ellensburg campus.

Only one fire was reported in 2020, in North Hall on Mar. 17. The fire was accidental. There were no injuries and only $100 of property damage.

Among all other CWU campuses, no crimes were reported.

The report also includes various information regarding campus safety and security, such as “crime reporting policies; campus alerts (Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications); fire safety policies and procedures; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking; the procedures the University will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus,” according to the email sent out by Berthon-Koch.