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Criminals take air out of Spokane law officer training

Spokane County deputies had the air taken out of their efforts to curb the bad guys.

A vandal slashed tires on six sheriff’s patrol cars parked at Spokane County Raceway Park and used for pursuit training. officers said today.

Sheriff’s employees arrived there Tuesday to find all 24 tires slashed and flat. The vandal also stole six mounted tires meant to cover flats that might occur training.

“A sheriff’s fleet services spokesman estimated the cost to replace the 30 tires at about $3,000, but that loss doesn’t include the time the 20 or so students lost when they had to end their training day five hours early,” Sgt. Dave Reagan said in a news release.

The cars were at the raceway so that students could practice pursuit immobilization techniques, pursuits, spike strip placement and backing maneuvers.

The pursuit immobilization, or PIT, involves a set of techniques for safely bumping a fleeing vehicle off the road by causing it to spin out without rolling. It is used frequently by officers in pursuits.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that solve the crime. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit tips online.

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