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Published on Friday, September 30, 2016

Joint Legislative Task Force on Use of Deadly Force to end soon

The Joint Legislative Task Force on Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing has been meeting throughout the summer and will soon come to an end. The enabling legislation, HB 2908, created a 27-member task force with representatives from across the political spectrum. AWC has been well-represented throughout the task force’s duration by Kelly Harris, Chief of the Criminal Division at the Seattle City Attorney Office. The group met three times and will have a final meeting in November to determine the content of their final report, which is due by December 1.

The task force was required to do the following: review laws, practices, and training programs regarding the use of deadly force in Washington State and other states; review current policies, practices, and tools used by or otherwise available to law enforcement as an alternative to lethal uses of force, including tasers and other nonlethal weapons; and recommend best practices to reduce the number of violent interactions between law enforcement officers and members of the public.

The task force has covered many topics but it is still unknown what the final report will include and what, if any, recommendations will be made. AWC is committed to continuing to work with our task force members and stakeholder groups to ensure a positive outcome.

The meetings have provided a venue for learning about the many issues facing law enforcement and the communities they serve. Some of the most compelling presentations are presented below: