King County Sheriff http://kplu.org en Are Former Peace Corps Volunteers Willing to Carry a Gun and a Badge? http://kplu.org/post/are-former-peace-corps-volunteers-willing-carry-gun-and-badge <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The King County sheriff wants to make his police force more culturally aware. So he’s come up with a plan that includes putting former Peace Corps volunteers on the payroll.</span></p><p>Sheriff John Urquhart says the force is “becoming more male and more white every single year," and that's a problem because the force should better reflect the increasingly diverse community.</p><p>"And that means we need all colors, we need all races, we need all genders, and we need LGBT, you name it,” Urquhart said. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 11183 at http://kplu.org Are Former Peace Corps Volunteers Willing to Carry a Gun and a Badge? Both candidates for King County Sheriff pledge to reform department http://kplu.org/post/both-candidates-king-county-sheriff-pledge-reform-department <p>In King County, both men vying to be sheriff say they'll reform a department found to do a poor job of investigating police misconduct complaints.</p><p>But neither Steve Strachan nor John Urquhart are what you'd call outside reformers.&nbsp;</p><p>(To hear the entire story, click the Listen button above.)</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 6764 at http://kplu.org Audit says oversight of King County sheriff's deputies is lax http://kplu.org/post/audit-says-oversight-king-county-sheriffs-deputies-lax <p>The King County Sheriff&rsquo;s Department does a poor job of investigating police misconduct complaints. That&rsquo;s the conclusion of an <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/100977191/Kcso-Oleo-Report-Final">outside audit of the department.</a>&nbsp;This comes five years after the county pledged to implement improvements in the troubled law enforcement agency.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 23:29:26 +0000 Paula Wissel 5701 at http://kplu.org Audit says oversight of King County sheriff's deputies is lax Officer, do you need a nap? Police overtime questioned http://kplu.org/post/officer-do-you-need-nap-police-overtime-questioned <p>Is a community at risk when cops don&rsquo;t get enough sleep? Washington State University researcher Bryan Vila says it is. In a briefing before the King County Council, he said there are hazards associated with overworked officers.</p><p>He says lack of sleep affects your ability to think clearly and problem solve and do other things law enforcement needs to be skilled at, such as:</p><p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:08:49 +0000 Paula Wissel 5262 at http://kplu.org Officer, do you need a nap? Police overtime questioned Improved fingerprinting system catches more criminals http://kplu.org/post/improved-fingerprinting-system-catches-more-criminals <p>Officials in King County say the adoption of a more advanced Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) a year ago has led to additional crimes being solved.</p><p>The regional AFIS is paid for through a property tax levy.&nbsp; It costs the average homeowner in King County about $20 a year. Fri, 18 May 2012 22:13:12 +0000 Paula Wissel 5045 at http://kplu.org Teaching police talk tactics http://kplu.org/post/teaching-police-talk-tactics <p>Police in Seattle and King County will soon be trained in the importance of talking.&nbsp; They&rsquo;ll learn to treat people with respect as a way of diffusing tense situations.&nbsp; Law enforcement officials hope the new approach helps build trust with the community. Tue, 26 Apr 2011 17:12:48 +0000 Paula Wissel 1272 at http://kplu.org Teaching police talk tactics King County to pay $10 million in case of mistaken identity http://kplu.org/post/king-county-pay-10-million-case-mistaken-identity <p>King County has agreed to pay $10 million to a man who suffered a catastrophic brain injury when a sheriff's deputy slammed him into a concrete wall after a chase in Seattle.</p><p>Christopher Harris ran from deputies who mistook him for a suspect in a fight on in May 2009. After a couple of blocks, Harris stopped, and a deputy knocked him 8 feet into a concrete wall, head first.</p><p>Harris eventually emerged from a coma but can't walk or talk. The 30-year-old is expected to need round-the-clock care for&nbsp;the rest of his life.</p> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 19:05:17 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 637 at http://kplu.org King County to pay $10 million in case of mistaken identity Testimony describes King County deputy bashing man's head against concrete wall http://kplu.org/post/testimony-describes-king-county-deputy-bashing-mans-head-against-concrete-wall <p>A jury trial has begun in Tacoma, detailing another case of alleged police brutality in Seattle.</p><p>The lawsuit was filed against King County by the wife and a court-appointed guardian of 31-year-old Christopher Sean Harris, who a deputy shoved against a concrete wall a year and a half ago outside the Cinerama movie theater in Belltown. A surveillance camera outside the movie theater captured <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/flatpages/video/mediacenterbc3.html?bctid=23967850001">footage of the incident. </a></p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 17:19:18 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 616 at http://kplu.org Testimony describes King County deputy bashing man's head against concrete wall Friday morning's headlines http://kplu.org/post/friday-mornings-headlines-2 <p><em>King County deputies' pay-cut plan rejected, a car injures pedestrians at the Pike Place Market, the fight over proposed ferry service cuts heats up, and a popular Seattle language school closes.</em></p><p><strong>Exec Says King County Deputies' Pay Plan Won't Fly</strong></p><p>Dow Constantine says a union-offered plan to save taxpayers money would actually cost them more.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 17 Dec 2010 13:57:11 +0000 KPLU News Staff 384 at http://kplu.org Friday morning's headlines King County deputies vote on cutting pay http://kplu.org/post/king-county-deputies-vote-cutting-pay <P>As King County makes massive cuts to help balance its budget, the union representing King County sheriff’s deputies has, for months, refused to consider a wage freeze next year.&nbsp; Even as other unions in the county have agreed to do so.&nbsp; But deputies are voting on a proposal to reduce their upcoming pay increase.&nbsp; Tue, 07 Dec 2010 19:23:47 +0000 KPLU News Staff 300 at http://kplu.org Monday morning's headlines http://kplu.org/post/monday-mornings-headlines <P><STRONG>King County To Cut 300 Jobs</STRONG></P> <P>The budget ax falls today in King County.&nbsp; The coucil will vote on a plan that eliminates&nbsp; about 300 jobs, <A href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2013421002_kingbudget13m.html">including dozens&nbsp;from law enforcement&nbsp;</A>and the prosector's office.&nbsp; Mon, 15 Nov 2010 14:01:28 +0000 Gary Davis 143 at http://kplu.org Monday morning's headlines