God Bless our #GoodPolice but the #BadCops Have 2 Go!

SNOHOMISH COUNTY SHERIFF LIED TO ME: Nowhere has the Legislature indicated that the sheriff's powers and duties are limited to the unincorporated areas of the county. Nor is there any statutory language from which such a limitation might be inferred. We note, in addition, that the sheriff at common law was the chief law enforcement officer of the county, and that the office of sheriff retains its common law powers and duties unless modified by the constitution or statutes. Sheriffs, Police, and Constables § 2 (1987); seeState ex rel. Johnston v. Melton, 192 Wash. 379, 388-89, 73 P.2d 1334 (1937); AGO 51-53 No. 322 at 2. We thus conclude that the sheriff has a general duty to enforce state law in both unincorporated and incorporated areas of the county. "the jurisdiction of the sheriff in law enforcement matters normally extends throughout his county including the incorporated areas thereof." [The sheriff's] authority is county wide. He is not restricted by municipal limits. For better protection and for the enforcement of local ordinance[s] the [[Orig. Op. Page 4]] cities and towns have their police departments or their town marshals. Even the state has its highway patrol. Still the authority of the sheriff with his correlative duty remains.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Proposed bill would make it easier to fire bad cops. No Exceptions!! Washington State New York -California! All States Zero Tolerance for All Misconducts not just Sexual- All Misconducts- NO EXCEPTIONS!

Proposed bill would make it easier to fire bad cops

Kevin Parker

6th District
Position 1

ON JANUARY 21, 2013 @ 1:07 PM (UPDATED: 2:03 PM - 1/21/13 )


Police Sexual Misconducts in WA State- Zero Tolerance 2014!



ANY WA State Police Officer caught having sex on duty- sex w/a minor-Lies and Abuses, commits crimes to have sex on duty.. NO SECOND CHANCES! Gone! Period! End of subject GONE! Turn in your badge, turn in your weapon- GONE! In writing in EVERY WA State Police Department Policies and Procedures Manual. One gets fired the next doesn't. One resigned, the next doesn't-One gets "punished" the next doesn't.


Knezovich has drafted a proposed bill that is now being championed in the legislature by Representative Kevin Parker of Spokane. It would give Police Chiefs and Sheriffs more discretion over the punishment given to officers and deputies who are dishonest or act criminally on the job.

"The citizens of this state, quite frankly, demand and expect that police officers don't lie," says Knezovich. "It's always been public doctrine." But it hasn't always been an idea enforced by the courts.

In 2009, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled on a case involving a Kitsap County sheriff's deputy who was fired for lying and other misconduct. The court sided with an arbitrator who said the deputy had to be reinstated because honesty was not an essential function of the job.

With that precedent set, Knezovich says he has run into at least two incidents where he tried to fire an employee but was overruled by an arbitrator. In one case, the sheriff says a corrections officer forced a mentally ill, suicidal inmate to strip in his cell and perform ten jumping jacks.

"Apparently he had a reputation of being a jokester and had done similar things under prior sheriffs. Because no one dealt with him before, apparently, I have to live with him," says Knezovich. That corrections officer still works for the department today.

All 39 sheriffs in Washington State have signed on to support the creation of new legislation to address the issue. Representative Parker says he is also speaking with police chiefs and members of law enforcement unions to get their input.

On Wednesday, Parker has a meeting scheduled with the union in Spokane. He says he hopes he addressed any of their possible concerns already in the way the bill has been drafted.

"It's narrowly written," says Parker. "I'm hoping that in the end the police unions will see this as a tool to help them do their jobs better."

Knezovich says the bill is not an attack on due process. He explains that the disciplinary process, grievance process and binding arbitration are still intact. It would only apply if, at the end of it all, the arbitrator finds the sheriff or chief can prove wrongdoing by the employee. He would then be unable to change the discipline handed down.

"If these people [...] had been a probationary deputy, they'd have been let go immediately. If they would have had this in their background prior to being hired, we'd never hired them," Knezovich says, "So, why are we keeping them?"

Parker expects to be ready to introduce the bill in the next week or two. He is not sure where it will start, but says it would likely begin in the House Committee on Public Safety.

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