Washington State funds non-armed pursuit tech for law enforcement

Apr 25, 2024
Written by WR Communications

Washington State is allocating $1.4 million to equip law enforcement agencies with non-armed pursuit technology as restrictions on such pursuits tighten. The initiative, part of the state’s efforts to address firearm safety and violence prevention, aims to provide alternatives for apprehending suspects without resorting to firearms. Eligible equipment includes GPS tracking, license plate readers, aircraft, and drones.

Last year, $1.5 million was allocated for similar grants, with Spokane Sheriff’s Office receiving a significant portion for thermal imaging cameras. While the move is welcomed by law enforcement, Steve Strachan of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs emphasizes the need for additional measures like tougher penalties and increased use of technology to deter fleeing suspects.

The funding opportunity comes amid growing concerns over firearm violence, with the state aiming to curb such incidents through innovative approaches.

Interested agencies have until May 28 to submit proposals, with funding expected to be disbursed between July 1, 2024, and June 30, 2025.


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