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By Olivia Harnack
Whitman County Gazette 

Sheriff Myers: Vehicle thefts increasing

Sheriff says law hindering police should be rescinded


April 21, 2022

Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs

A graph shows a dramatic increase in the number of vehicle thefts statewide since House Bill 1054 went into effect last year on July 25.

COLFAX - A law limiting police chases to cases only involving a potential violent offender has led to an 88% increase in vehicle thefts.

With the number of vehicle thefts skyrocketing statewide, Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers is calling on lawmakers to rescind the law that only went into effect July 25 last year..

House Bill 1054 changed regulations on tactics and equipment used by police officers.

Under the law, officers can only engage in a pursuit with probable cause to arrest a person in the vehicle for committing a violent crime.

Myers wants law enforcement agencies to make the fin...

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