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By Clare McGraw
Cheney Free Press 

Council discusses hiring 31 new police officers


Last updated 2/8/2024 at 9am

SPOKANE VALLEY – In a recent city council session, the spotlight was on a potential initiative to beef up the police force by as many as 31 officers over the next four years. Erik Lamb, deputy city manager, Chief Dave Ellis, and Morgan Koudelka, the administrative analyst, led the discussion, revisiting the proposals laid out by the Matrix consulting group back in November.

Lamb emphasized the gravity of the decision, asserting, “This is one of the most crucial matters regarding the city’s budget that you’ll vote on.”

He reminded the council that the dialogue on augmenting police...

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