Bill Encouraging Law Enforcement Careers Passes House

[AUDIO] A bill that would encourage more people to seek careers in law enforcement gained unanimous approval Wednesday in the state House of Representatives. Washington House Republicans’ John Sattgast reports.

SATTGAST: House Bill 1001 would establish a professional development outreach program to encourage a broader diversity of candidates to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Representative Jacquelin Maycumber, a former law enforcement officer from Republic, is the sponsor of the bill.

MAYCUMBER: “This is about the children who want to see themselves with the badge on and to be peace officers of their community. This bill before you today is about the future of law enforcement and really building the community a policing model.”

SATTGAST: The bill directs the state’s Criminal Justice Training Commission to establish grant outreach programs to traditionally underrepresented groups and communities.

The measure passed the House 98 to 0. It now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

John Sattgast, the state Capitol

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