Federal Way faces surge in car prowls, sparking calls for Legislative action

Feb 22, 2024
Written by WR Communications

In the quiet streets of Federal Way, a sudden surge in car prowls has shattered the tranquility of its residents. Within a mere 24 hours, the city found itself besieged by a staggering 69 incidents of car prowling, leaving behind shattered windows and stolen possessions as stark reminders of the havoc wrought by criminal elements.

The perpetrators, a daring group of five juveniles operating in a stolen vehicle, brazenly targeted vehicles parked across Federal Way with a flagrant disregard for the law and the safety of the community. In response to this unsettling trend, Mayor Jim Ferrell has sounded the alarm, calling for swift action to address the root causes of this surge in criminal activity.

At the heart of the discourse lies the pressing need for legislative reform, particularly concerning pursuit laws that currently bind the hands of law enforcement. Police Chief Andy J. Hwang has echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the urgent necessity of updating these laws to equip officers with the necessary tools to combat crime effectively and ensure the safety of residents.

This urgent call for reform aligns with I- 2113, which seeks to restore the authority of peace officers to engage in vehicular pursuits under certain circumstances. By amending RCW 10.116.060, this initiative aims to provide law enforcement with the means to apprehend suspects and protect the community from escalating criminal activities.

The existing constraints on pursuits, especially for property crimes, have emboldened criminals and hampered law enforcement’s ability to bring them to justice.

In response to these challenges, there has been a resounding call for meaningful legislative intervention.

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