Creepy Clowns in Green Lake Slow SPD’s Ability to Respond to Real Crime

October 20, 2016|Posted in: Community News, Crime Recap, Green Lake, Green Lake News, Green Lake Park, Nearby Neighborhoods, News, Public Safety

A myriad of sightings of creepy-looking clowns throughout Seattle have bogged down SPD’s response abilities. It’s actually a national phenomenon, but sightings in Seattle have caused significant frustration for police in Western Washington. This is because the creepy clowns are scaring people enough to call 911, which is pulling police away from responding to real crime.

“These calls are taxing our resources,” said Cindi West, a King County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson. “We do have an obligation to investigate, especially the ones at school[s], to make sure they’re not credible, but we’re using an incredible amount or resources,”

Concerns have been raised at Wenatchee High School following threats posted in the school bathroom, and a student went to Tahoma High School in a clown mask after social media posts depicted a clown with a gun. Although both threats were mitigated, the clown problem is serious.

“In the last few days, all our school resource people, some of our patrol people, some of our detectives, are doing nothing but working on these clown sightings – these threats that are coming in,” said Ed Troyer, with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

A KIRO 7 viewer snapped a photo of a clown seen on Monday, October 3rd and sent it into the news station. When KIRO 7 showed the photo, many who saw it said they would likely call 911. SPD and other safety officials are requesting that people stop dressing as clowns, and until then, urge people who see the clowns to evaluate the situation before calling 911.

“If they’re on your private property, or doing something suspicious, other than wearing a clown outfit, then call us,” said Cindi West.

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