Tri-Cities police to help landlords prevent drug, gang activity

PASCO POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE -- The Pasco Police Department will offer training to help landlords and property managers keep drug and gang activity out of rental property.

The Pasco Police Department has teamed up with the Kennewick and Richland Police Departments to offer a regional Landlord Training Seminar for our Crime Resistant Community Living Program.

The Landlord Training Seminar will be held on Tuesday, April 15, from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM at the Pasco Police Training Center, 204 W. Clark Street. There is no cost for the Seminar, which includes training and a comprehensive program manual. This seminar will provide resources and sharing in the benefits of a successful program.

This program will provide landlords and property managers with an opportunity to:

• Stabilize their tenant base and increase the rental demand for their property
• Lower their maintenance and repair costs
• Improve their property values
• Improve the level of safety and security for their tenants, as well as for their neighborhoods
• Reduce the potential for costly property liability claims against them

Reactions from landlords who complete the course are consistently strong and positive. Landlords and managers overwhelmingly agree the training increases their confidence in screening rental applicants and their ability to recognize warning signs of drug and gang activity. As a problem-solving tool, this training has proven to be an important part of reclaiming and protecting residential neighborhoods.

The training is free and open to everyone. Space is limited; so advance registration is requested. For information and registration, please contact the Pasco, Kennewick, or Richland Police Departments crime prevention units.