As the ranking Republican on the House Community Safety, Justice and Reentry Committee, I’ve been steadily working on legislation to make our communities, streets and neighborhoods safer. This includes returning to law enforcement officers the tools they need to do their jobs. We’ve succeeded in many ways, but a report recently released by The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) shows we still have a long way to go.
The WASPC Annual Crime in Washington Report indicates our state has experienced its highest murder rate since the 1980s. The crime report reflects our public safety policies need more work and staffing levels are too low.
Washington has the lowest number of police officers per capita in the country. If Washington had the national average of officers-to-population, we would have more than 7,000 officers commissioned than we do right now. For more on the report check out the stories below.