Training the next step after passage of 'deadly force' initiative

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The passage of the 'use of deadly force' Initiative-940 means the focus is now on officer training with an emphasis on de-escalation. It is already taught to police cadets at the state academy and now it is going to be given to all 11,000 officers in the state.

"I think the de-escalation training is going to equip them to hopefully resolve more situations without having to use deadly force and clarify the intent of the law," said Sue Rahr, executive director of the Criminal Justice Training Commission which runs the academy in Burien.

The $1 million program will have staff from the academy fan out across the state to provide a one-week training course for every officer, deputy and trooper. Rahr said it will take about two years to get to everyone.

If there is an officer involved shooting I-940 says prosecutors no longer have to prove that an officer acted with 'malice' of evil intent.

"That certainly is a change that I can live with and can enforce," said newly elected Pierce County Prosecutor Mary Robnett. She beat incumbent Mark Lindquist. "I've always been ready to prosecute a police officer if necessary."

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