Some former Bombers, Lions and Braves may have it in the back of their minds that Pasco is a dangerous place.
Depending on when you graduated from high school, that might have been true at the time.
But it's not any more.
Statistics show Pasco's crime rate is below both state and national averages. In fact, it's the lowest it has ever been.
That speaks volumes.
It says that law enforcement is fighting back -- and winning. The hard work by police on the north side of the Columbia River has created a safer community.
Lingering anxiety about Pasco from the old days needs to be let go.
It wasn't too long ago that Pasco's reputation for crime stretched beyond the Tri-Cities and across the Northwest. The dangers were often exaggerated, but the impression of Pasco as a tough town wasn't entirely undeserved.
Things have changed for the better in recent years, but reputations can be hard to shed. Even when the facts prove otherwise, people often stick with long-held beliefs.
Anyone who has had to live down the label they were tagged with in high school can relate. Just ask the former nerd turned successful entrepreneur. It's hard to change perceptions.
Given enough time and effort, however, circumstances can change for the better.
In the case of Pasco's crime rate, time has been an ally.
Police Chief Denis Austin tells us that Pasco's crime rate peaked in 1988. That year, there were 158 victims per 1,000 people.
Just over 20 years later, that overall crime rate is down to 32 victims per 1,000 people.
That's an 80 percent decrease in crime, and it's worth noting.
Major crimes like homicide, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, theft, auto theft and arson are tracked by law enforcement agencies across the nation and reported annually to the FBI.
Reports issued this month show major crimes were down 3 percent. It was the second year in a row that Pasco's major crime rate has dipped.
Pasco's overall crime rate of 32 per 1,000 residents is even more impressive. Compared with the state average of 43 per 1,000 residents and the national average of 37 crimes per 1,000 residents, Pasco's numbers are encouraging.
All of the police agencies in the Mid-Columbia are working hard to combat crime. Most are doing a good job.
Pasco police deserve a special pat on the back because they've had more to overcome than most of our communities.
However, these laudatory remarks should not be construed as indicating the work is done and everyone can rest easy.
Pasco has worked hard to control and reduce its crime rate, but it is a big job. As police get smarter and tougher, so do the gangs and other criminals. It's a tug-of-war that requires constant vigilance.
The positive trend could easily be reversed if the community ever loses its focus. And nobody wants that.