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Police Leave Cars Running Unattended

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - We've told you how you can get a ticket for leaving your car running unattended, but what about police officers who look like they do the same thing?

You may have noticed officers leaving their car running and no one seems to be around. Other times you see officers speeding, but with no lights and sirens.

It may look like police are breaking the law, but officers ask you hear them out.

Kennewick police said sometimes officers have to leave their cars running. When they're contacting a suspect they need their computer and cameras rolling. If they turn off the squad car the computer, and camera shuts off.

Other times when you see officers speeding you may not realize what's really going on.

"There are times when an officer needs to expedite, get to a location quickly, but it may not warrant putting lights and sirens on. But they will exceed the speed limit," said Sgt. Ken Lattin, Kennewick Police Department.   

Lattin said officers should obey the law, but when they're on duty they have a little lee way to make sure they keep the peace. Sometimes that may mean leaving their car running or speeding through a red light.

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