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Law
2:02 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Police Ask Public To 'Tweet Smart' During Ongoing Crises

In this instance, officers had already announced their presence over a loudspeaker. But authorities caution against giving too much real-time info when officers are responding to an emergency.
Ed Ronco KPLU

Local law enforcement agencies are asking the public to “Tweet Smart” and be careful how they use social media in an emergency. Their concern is that too much information about the real-time movements of police could put officers in danger. 

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Technology
9:11 am
Mon January 13, 2014

App By WSU Team Alerts Cops When Their Fatigue Might Impair Judgment

When the user gets fatigued, the BeSharp app sends a message, indicating what their equivalent blood alcohol level would be.
Jessica Robinson

Researchers at Washington State University say the same kind of self-tracking technology that's become popular among smartphone users could also help police officers stay safer on the job.

A criminal justice professor will debut an app that monitors alertness at a White House conference Tuesday.

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Law
4:56 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Police monitor to present plan to judge, police unions ask for an injunction

The Seattle Police Department needs to hire more sergeants to work closely with rank-and-file officers. That’s the view of an independent monitor, Merrick Bobb, who's looking into excessive use of force. He'll present his monitoring plan to a federal judge tomorrow for approval.

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Police in Schools
4:19 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Cops in schools can’t search without warrants, Wash. high court rules

The Washington Supreme Court ruled that police officers based at schools are still police officers.
Arkdog Flickr

Police officers working in schools can’t necessarily search a student without a warrant, even though a teacher usually can. That’s the upshot of a ruling by the Washington State Supreme Court out Thursday, in a case involving a student at Robinswood High in Bellevue and the murky legal realm of cops in schools.

The Bellevue Police Department has five officers working exclusively in the schools. In this case, one of them caught the student with a bag of marijuana, arrested him, and then searched his locked bag without permission.

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Police
5:19 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Seattle and feds strike a deal on police reform

U. S. Attorney Jenny Durkan and Mayor Mike McGinn butted heads during negotiations, but eventually struck a deal.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

The city of Seattle and the U.S. Department of Justice have struck a deal on how to reform Seattle’s police department. The agreement heads off a threatened civil rights lawsuit against the city.

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Police Work
8:18 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Civilian drones prepare for takeoff in NW with sheriffs

Prioria business development executive David Wright demonstrates the Maveric UAS.
Tom Banse KPLU

TACOMA, Wash. - Get ready to spot a new kind of "bird" in the sky. Within the next month, the Federal Aviation Administration is expected to green light the use of small unmanned aircraft by emergency services. Some sheriffs' departments in the Northwest are showing interest in these aircraft.

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police work
7:14 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Civilian drones prepare for takeoff in Northwest with sheriffs

Prioria business development executive David Wright demonstrates the Maveric UAS. Photo by Tom Banse

Originally published on Wed April 11, 2012 5:23 pm

TACOMA, Wash. - Get ready to spot a new kind of "bird" in the sky. Within the next month, the Federal Aviation Administration is expected to green light the use of small unmanned aircraft by emergency services. Some sheriffs' departments in the Northwest are showing interest in these aircraft.

What we're talking about here are scaled up hobby airplanes and helicopters or scaled down military drones. A booth rented by unmanned aircraft systems company Prioria Robotics drew a crowd this week at an emergency management conference in Tacoma.

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Law
8:55 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Washington Blue alert an Amber alert for cop killers 

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington is adopting a Blue alert system to enlist the public in looking for cop killers. KIRO-FM reports Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected to sign the Blue alert bill Thursday.

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Police
8:47 am
Tue August 16, 2011

2 Renton officers demoted for cartoon posted on YouTube

Two Renton officers have been demoted for posting a cartoon to YouTube that makes fun of the staff and policies of a new jail in South King County.

Deputy Police Chief, Charles Marsalisi and police sergeant Bill Judd, were each knocked down a rank after their involvement in the video came to light.

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Other News
9:30 am
Fri June 10, 2011

Crows attacking cops in Everett

Crows have been attacking police officers at an Everett Police Department station.
Yasunari Nacamura Flikr

Crows have been attacking cops in the parking lot of the Everett Police Department's north precinct station. Birds have been swooping down on officers walking from their cars.

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Law Enforcement
7:49 am
Fri April 8, 2011

Police target Seattle's empty "Citadel" warehouse, now notorious for raves

A still from a video shot March 4, 2011 at Citadel, in South Seattle. Seattle police are cracking down on scenes such as this one.
Still image courtesy of Anzamarch (Junko) YouTube

Clean it up or close it down – that's the choice for the new owner of a vacant property in South Seattle that's become notorious for noisy raves. 

Police have declared The Citadel a chronic nuisance. The boxy warehouse building was turned into a music venue by owner Steve Rauf, who says the dance parties have brought in much-needed revenue. 

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Law & Justice
1:12 pm
Tue September 14, 2010

Court Considers Release of Lakewood Police Records

A Washington State Trooper directs traffic near the Parkland site where four Lakewood Police Officers were shot and killed in late November, 2009.
AP photo

     The state Supreme Court is considering whether to release thousands of police records related to last year's fatal shooting of four Lakewood police officers.

      The Seattle Times is seeking release of the records. The files are from the case of Maurice Clemmons, an ex-con who gunned down the Lakewood officers in November.

      Clemmons was killed by a Seattle officer following a massive manhunt. But a half-dozen people are charged with crimes for allegedly aiding him.

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