Police Reform

Police legislation Citizens likely have heard about new police reform legislation passed during the 2021 Washington state legislative session.  

Here's an overview of what to know about these changes, which went into effect in July 2021. 

Select a menu heading below to read a summary of each piece of legislation.


  1. POLICE TACTICS
  2. USE OF FORCE
  3. DRUG POSSESSION
  4. DUTY TO INTERVENE
  5. FELONY BAR
  6. INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATIONS
  7. INVESTIGATION AUDITS
  8. DATA COLLECTION
  9. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

POLICE TACTICS AND SPECIAL WEAPONS (HB 1054) 

THIS LEGISLATION: 

 

Prohibits the use of a chokehold or neck restraints  (The Fife Police Department already banned that practice)

Bans use of tear gas in most circumstances

Directs the Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) to develop statewide model for policy for the training and use of K9 Teams

Limits vehicular pursuits and prohibits them unless the officer has probable cause that a crime (violent or sex offense) has been or is being committed. Or, there is a reasonable suspicion of DUI and other stipulations

Limits shooting at moving vehicles

Bans no-knock warrants

Bans use of military equipment

Requires uniformed officers be identifiable

Definitions: "Chokehold" means the intentional application of direct pressure to a person's trachea or windpipe for the purpose of restricting another person's airway. "Neck Restraint" refers to any vascular neck restraint or similar restraint, hold, or other tactic in which pressure is applied to the neck for the purpose of constricting blood flow.