Task force sug­gests how to pre­vent shoot­ings

The News Tribune - - Local - BY SARA JEAN GREEN Seat­tle Times

A list of 25 rec­om­men­da­tions aimed at pre­vent­ing mass shoot­ings was fi­nal­ized this week by mem­bers of a statewide task force, with a full re­port to the state Leg­is­la­ture due Dec. 1.

Eigh­teen of the rec­om­men­da­tions speak directly to school safety, with the task force rec­om­mend­ing funds be made avail­able for ad­di­tional school-re­source of­fi­cers in el­e­men­tary, mid­dle and high schools and that state money should go to com­mu­nity and tech­ni­cal col­leges to fund a law-en­force­ment pres­ence on cam­pus.

Sen. Steve O’Ban, RUniver­sity Place, was able to se­cure $50,000 from the gen­eral fund last ses­sion for the Wash­ing­ton As­so­ci­a­tion of Sher­iffs and Po­lice Chiefs to con­vene a work group “to de­velop strate­gies for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and in­ter­ven­tion against po­ten­tial per­pe­tra­tors of mass shoot­ings, with an em­pha­sis on school safety, and re­port on rec­om­men­da­tions for their pre­ven­tion,” ac­cord­ing to the mea­sure.

The task force — made up of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s Of­fice, law en­force­ment agen­cies, in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing, the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union, the State Pa­trol and the Of­fice of Su­per­in­ten­dent of Pub­lic In­struc­tion — met a hand­ful of times since spring, said Tri­cia Gul­lion, a spokes­woman for O’Ban.

O’Ban sup­ports the rec­om­men­da­tions but there’s no way to tell what the Leg­is­la­ture will choose to do with them, Gul­lion said.

“It’s up in the air. There’s re­ally no telling what they’ll do,” she said of law­mak­ers, who will con­vene in Jan­uary.

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