COLFAX, WA- On the morning of Sunday, July 25, Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers released a statement on behalf of the Whitman County Sheriff's Office regarding the upcoming police reform laws which take effect Sunday.
Some of the changes include officers no longer being able to use chokeholds, neck restraints and no-knock warrants. Agencies will also no longer be able to acquire certain kinds of military equipment, including machine guns, armed helicopters and tanks.
The use of police dogs will be limited and a work group will meet to determine the best training and use of K-9s. There will be restrictions on car chases, prohibiting them unless there is probable cause or the chase is necessary for identifying a person in the vehicle.
For more information on the different Washington laws set to go in effect Sunday, July 25, click HERE.
The statement from Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers can be read below.
The men and women of the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office will continue to provide the citizens of Whitman County with the highest levels of professionalism as we perform our essential duties. The job of a law enforcement officer is difficult and often uncertain, however with the amazing support we receive from our community, we are confident we can continue to accomplish our primary mission, to protect and serve.
Please understand that many of the new legal requirements placed upon our law enforcement officers across the State will have an impact on the services we can provide.
We hope to work with our elected officials and legislative bodies in the coming months to address and remedy many of the concerns we share with our citizens surrounding these new laws. Our goal is to work together to ensure our great State continues to provide excellence in law enforcement for generations to come.
Thank you for your continued support.