Washington crime rate drops in 2011



SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Crime rates dropped across the state in 2011, according to an annual report from the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.

The total crime rate fell to 38.3 crimes per 1,000 residents, down 3.4 percent from the 2011 rate.

The report said the violent crime rate also fell, down 5 percent from the year before. There were 19,568 violent crimes reported in the state in 2011, about 60 percent of them being aggravated assaults.

The rate of property crimes fell 3.3 percent from 2010, and there were a total of 239,428 property crimes reported. Two-thirds of those were larceny or theft offenses.

The report found no law enforcement officers were killed on the job in 2011, although assaults on officers rose 2.9 percent to 1,049.