Task force suggests how to prevent shootings
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.