Sheriffs and police chiefs react

By: - May 16, 2023 10:35 am

The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs responded to the legislation lawmakers will consider by saying it is “an improvement” over the last version put forward during the regular session. That earlier bill failed on the final day in a 55-43 House vote. But the law enforcement leaders also outlined concerns about the latest plan, which you can read in the letter below sent to lawmakers.

Despite the issues they raised, the sheriffs and chiefs added: “We understand it is likely the most meaningful proposal that the Legislature is willing to enact. Under the circumstances, we simply encourage you to cast your vote according to your community needs.”

WASPC Letter - Blake Proposal (5.15.23)


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Bill Lucia
Bill Lucia

Bill Lucia is the Standard’s editor-in-chief. He’s covered state and local policy and politics for a decade, nationwide for Government Executive’s Route Fifty and in Seattle for Crosscut.