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Published on Monday, March 2, 2015

Requirement for cities to pay for Basic Law Enforcement Academy brings strong response

Thank you to all of those who responded to our call to action last week to oppose SB 5955. The proposal would require cities to pay the full cost of sending an officer to the Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA).

We had a strong response from city officials along with some powerful testimony during the Senate Ways & Means hearing. Thank you to Chief Jeff Myers of Hoquiam and Chief Steven Strachan of Bremerton for their excellent testimony. As a result of the response from city and county officials and the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, we believe that the bill is unlikely to advance further this session. However, AWC staff will continue to monitor the bill.

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