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Info given to cops at traffic stops adds to their arsenal

policecarOLYMPIA — Police officers across the state are now armed with new information that may make it safer for them during traffic stops, the Kitsap Sun reported. The information can serve as a warning for how likely a felon might be to resort to violence, the paper reported.

The Department of Corrections conducts a risk assessment at the end of an inmate’s sentence of their likelihood to re-offend. But that assessment was never available to officers.

The shooting of Washington State Trooper Tony Radelescu by a felon during a traffic stop in February 2012 prompted Kitsap County Prosecutor Russ Hauge to wonder what could be done to better safeguard officers, the Sun reported.

Police in Washington currently have access as to a person’s DOC probation status but the risk assessment, which classifies each offender on a scale between “low” and “high violent,” will provide even better and more specific information. The risk assessment will also come with another new tool for officers: The knowledge of whether a person is being supervised in Washington for a crime that was committed in another state.

For the complete Kitsap Sun article, go here.

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2 comments

  • Leah

    It's sad it took Officer Radelescu's death to prompt this type of information to be accessible to be available to officers. If it helps just one other officer to be more alert, or take the time to call for backup when facing a possible violent offender, then it's definitely worth it. I hope they are able to fine tune this and other tools that designed to keep our police force safe and alive.

  • KKW

    This is something that could have prevented so many violent incidents in which our police officers have been injured or killed. I pray that this will help. I also hope that if it works, the SPD will share the technology with other cities and states to help protect their officers as well.