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Crime in Washington 2021 Annual Report

The Crime In Washington 2021 annual report was compiled from data submitted to the Washington State Uniform Crime Reporting Program of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs by Washington State law enforcement agencies.

This is the forty-second (42nd) annual publication of the Washington Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program report of criminal offenses, arrests, law enforcement officers killed or assaulted, and full-time law enforcement employees. Funding for the Washington State UCR Program is provided through contract with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) and administration of the program is the responsibility of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) Criminal Justice Information Support (CJIS) Department. The Washington State UCR Program is unique in that it is sponsored, administered, and supported by an organization of contributing agency administrators rather than a bureau or department of state government.

CIW 2021 Annual Report
Amendments to CIW 2021 Annual Report as of 7/21/2022

Attorney General Publishes Model Use of Force Policy

Find the AG's Use of Force Model Police HERE

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Podcast: On Being a Police Officer Ep. 30 Ft. Teresa Taylor

Ep. 30 Teresa Taylor, executive director of WACOPS, the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs, shares an update on the wide-ranging police reform legislation that went into law in Washington State in July 2021. Now almost a year later, we look at the impact of the legislation on law enforcement and the community, the revisions that have been made and why, and what still needs to be changed. We also look at some concerning new developments including legislation that would make deadly use of force justified only if the threat is “immediate” as opposed to “imminent,” a potentially dangerous distinction. And we talk about the concept of “compliant handcuffing.”
Our conversation is relevant not only to police departments in WA State, but also to law enforcement agencies around the country. It reflects the impact of the national negative narrative on policing and how it plays out in our communities, and how it impacts individual departments and officers. If you live in Washington, you’ll be pleased to know how much Teresa and WACOPS do for officers and for the community.
Teresa, like me, is a civilian. We share the goal of supporting law enforcement and helping people understand what it really means to be a police officer.

LEOFF 2 Benefit Improvement - SHB 1701 PASSED

March 4, 2022

LEOFF 2 – Benefit Improvement – PASSED

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WACOPS Letter to Public Safety Committee RE: HB 2037

January 26, 2022

Dear Chairman Goodman:

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AGO Opinion: Use of “physical force” by law enforcement

On Friday, January 20th, the Washington State Attorney General published an opinion in response the use of force questions asked by Representatives Roger Goodman and Jesse Johnson.

AGO Highlights 1-20-22:
(This is an edited (words removed) summary and is not provided as an exact quote. Please read the AGO to draw your own conclusions).
The most natural reading of the statute’s plain language is that physical force includes all acts by officers that involve violence, compulsion, or constraint used against another person’s body, even if it is unlikely to cause pain or injury.

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Goodman and Johnson Statement on Implementation of Police Use of Force Bill

As the effective date is upon us and the State's public safety reform bills are about to take effect, please read the statement made by Legislators Goodman and Johnson. There will be more to come. We continue to work for you. Remember, we proudly stand with our members. Be sure to check in with each other, and don't take any unnecessary risks.

July 23, 2021

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