Law Enforcement

Marijuana Legalization
4:05 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Concerns Raised About Lack Of Police Resources, Commitment To Combat Illegal Pot

Cannabis Training University Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 3:26 pm

The stated goal of Washington’s new marijuana law is to stop treating adult pot use as a crime. But Washington’s pot consultant says this experiment in legalization will only work if the police aggressively target the black market. And he’s concerned that won’t happen.

The sponsors of Initiative 502 were clear. They said it was time for a “new approach” to marijuana in Washington. They wanted to allow adult pot use, free up law enforcement to focus on violent and property crimes and “take marijuana out of the hands of illegal drug organizations.”

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Fictitious Driver Licenses
6:50 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Inslee Signs Law Allowing Fictitious Driver License Program To Continue

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 5:41 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has signed a law that will allow the state’s fictitious driver license program to continue – but only for undercover law enforcement activities. At the bill signing Inslee backed away from a previous statement that he would apply a broad definition of the term “law enforcement.”

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Bloomsday Race
7:04 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Law Enforcement Ready for Spokane's Bloomsday

Law enforcement officials say they have increased the level of security for this year’s Bloomsday race in Spokane. More than 50,000 people participate in the 12-K run. Paige Browning reports.

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License Plate Checks
4:46 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Oregon Supreme Court Allows Continued Use Of Random License Plate Checks

SoulRider.222 Flickr

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 4:39 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Police officers in Oregon can continue to use random license plate checks as a law enforcement tool. That's the upshot of a decision issued Thursday by the Oregon Supreme Court.

Have you ever been stopped at a red light and noticed a police car in your rearview mirror? There's a good chance that officer is running your license plate number through his or her computer. In seconds a state database can show if everything's kosher about your car. If not, you'll probably get pulled over.

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Tribal Sentencing Laws
5:37 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Northwest Tribes Begin To Try Reservation Crime Cases Under Tougher Laws

A tribal court on the Umatilla Indian Reservation is one of the first to hand down a long prison term under new tougher criminal sentencing laws enacted by Congress in 2010.

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Lakewood Shooting Anniversary
5:59 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Three Years Later, Former Officer Recalls Lakewood Shootings

Three years ago this Thanksgiving weekend, an Arkansas parolee named Maurice Clemmons shot and killed four Lakewood police officers in a coffee shop. Chris Sorrells was one of the first officers at the scene. In the years since, his life has changed dramatically.

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Raid On Suspected Poachers And Traffickers
6:46 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Illegal Meat And Fish The Subject Of Raids In Washington

A series of raids by Washington Fish and Wildlife police have targeted suspected poachers and traffickers of items like game meat, endangered fish and antlers.
Lori Iverson U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Washington Fish and Wildlife police have raided more than a dozen locations around the state. The one day blitz on suspected poachers and traffickers follows a two year undercover investigation.

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Warrantless Searches In Schools
5:57 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Wash. Supreme Court Blocks Warrantless Searches By School Cops

The Washington Supreme Court ruled that police officers working in schools can't search students without a warrant.
Washngton Courts website

A teacher or principal doesn’t need a warrant to search a student. But a police officer working in a school does, according to a new ruling from the Washington Supreme Court.

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Fish Investigation
6:23 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Fish Fraud Sweep Mostly Good News For Consumers

Dozens of state Fish and Wildlife officers fanned out to seafood retailers, wholesalers and exporters late last week. It was a coordinated West Coast sweep. The cops were looking for mislabeled fish, poached product and banned seafood. Correspondent Tom Banse reports if you're a fish consumer, the results are mostly encouraging.

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Border Patrol Translators
6:32 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Forest Service Ordered To Stop Using Border Patrol As Interpreters

The U.S. Forest Service can no longer use Border Patrol agents as interpreters. That’s according to an order from the federal agriculture department that was made public this week.

The issue stems from a case on the Olympic Peninsula near Forks last year. A Latino man and woman were picking salal … that’s shrub used in floral arrangements.

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