New law could allow part-time police

OLYMPIA — Washington state remains 51st in the nation for police officers per capita, and one answer to that problem might be allowing officers to work part-time.

Senate Bill 5424, which awaits the governor’s signature to become law, would allow part-time police officers.

And sponsor Sen. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek, said it would help bring more women into law enforcement.

“The idea behind these flexible work schedules is intended to increase the diversity in Washington law enforcement, to increase the presence of female officers and to retain senior officers who have a lot of value to provide...


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