Law enforcement working to create officer shooting task force
KENNEWICK, Wash.-- The actual formation of a regional officer involved shooting task force is still in its infancy, but captains with Kennewick, Richland, and Pasco police and the Benton County Sheriff's Office are working towards a combined group to fairly and unilaterally look at officer shootings.
Their reasons are simple; transparency and sharing resources.
It will likely be a few months before a task force is up and running. If and when it does it will not only investigate cases where officers are shot, but also cases where they have to do the shooting.
Police believe in keeping the investigation with local agencies, not sending them off to other jurisdictions.
"Approaching it from a professional well trained team is going to give us the best results," says Pasco Police Captain, Ken Roske. "We know what we have. We know were going to have them well prepared."
Task forces are not unique to the Tri-Cities; they are used to fight drugs and gangs, the thought being more communication and better relationships always help.
The framework of the task force has not been decided, but they are looking into following protocols similar to other counties in Washington. The task force should be in place in a matter of months.