DSHS and WA Law Enforcement Sign Agreement To Increase Communication
KENNEWICK, Wash. - Benton and Franklin County Child Protective Services and Tri-Cities Police Officers said they have a pretty good working relationship with each other, but to enhance communication the Department of Social and Health Services and the Washington Associations of Sheriff's and Police Chiefs signed a new agreement.
The agreement creates a statewide protocol when the two sides are working together.
Steve Williams with the Department of Social and Health Services said, "Our bottom line is to keep kids safe and not to get in each others way during our investigation and have the most positive outcome that we could have for the kids."
DSHS and police want to have a set plan of action when there is a situation when a child needs to be taken from their parents.
State officials said they are always trying to open the lines of communication between the two sides. Wednesday afternoon the two sides signed the agreement.
The WASPC Executive Board approved the guidelines. Now the entire WASPC organization will consider the decision next fall.