MRSC Insight Blog
Posts for Law Enforcement
A Stay Out of Drug Area (SODA) ordinance is one way a local government can restrict the sales or use of illegal drugs in public places. However, SODA ordinances must be well-designed to avoid legal scrutiny and to ensure they do not disproportionally affect certain populations.
Among other items, 2022 legislation related to public safety clarifies use-of-force provisions for law enforcement and makes slight changes to what could be considered military equipment.
The 2021 Regular Legislative Session included several bills that impacted local law enforcement agencies, and this blog offers an overview of some of the more complex bills.
This blog looks at the co-responder law enforcement model, which brings social service responders and mental health professionals into the 911 crisis response.
This blog post recaps some of the local ballot measure results from the November 2020 general election and discusses why the record-breaking turnout may make ballot measure validation tougher next year.
This post highlights promising practices in revitalizing downtown cores, reimagining the functions of law enforcement, and paperless approval processes.
This post highlights promising practices in the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for law enforcement and other purposes.
Spokane Police Department's 2015 Community Outreach Strategy shows some innovative community policing techniques.
The recent fatal shooting of the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has greatly accelerated an already growing interest in the use of police body-worn cameras across the country and in several Washington communities.