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At the request of the sheriff, Spokane County commissioners last week passed an ordinance authorizing the use of unmarked patrol cars, amid statewide controversy about the practice. Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said the county ordinance reiterates what state law already says, that the department has the authority to operate vehicles without official markings. The county ordinance limits use of unmarked cars to undercover detectives and deputies, high-ranking members of the office and deputies performing traffic control.
Spokane leaders have promised to take an annual 1 percent property tax increase through 2016 to help fund $26 million worth of new vehicles and equipment for the fire and police departments. It’s a strategy that allows the city to make significant purchases without asking voters for new taxes.
Remember last year’s no-new-taxes approach to drafting Spokane’s city budget? Looks like the new one will make up for it.
Spokane police patrol cars may soon be equipped with cameras to record encounters with the public. The Spokane City Council last week agreed to spend $1.1 million from reserves to implement recommendations made by the Use of Force Commission earlier this year.
SPOKANE — Spokane police cars are getting a new black and white color scheme.
The family of a Spokane Valley pastor killed in a police confrontation outside his home called on Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich today to voluntarily prohibit the parking of unmarked patrol cars on private property.
The Creach family held a press conference Wednesday May 11, 2011 to respond to the Sheriff Departments announcement that the shooting death was both reasonable and justified. They have installed bright yellow chain to keep vehicles out of the parking lot when the business is closed.