Legislation to aid law enforcement proposed on shootings’ anniversary

November 29, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 4 p.m. Nov. 29, 2012

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert introduced legislation Thursday — three years to the day after a gunman killed four Lakewood police officers at a coffee shop — to improve information sharing among local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Reichert, a former King County sheriff and Auburn Republican, joined another Washington lawmaker, U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, to introduce the Department of Justice Global Advisory Committee Authorization Act.

Investigators determined the killer in the Lakewood shootings, Maurice Clemmons, was a convicted felon on parole and the relevant information was not effectively transmitted to proper authorities.

“As a former cop and sheriff, I know that the more information law enforcement agents have, the better they can do their jobs,” Reichert said in a statement. “This bill will improve communication among members of law enforcement and enhance the security of communities across the country.”

The legislation aims to continue to provide technical and financial support for the Global Advisory Committee. The bill adds a requirement for the attorney general to issue a report to Congress detailing the committee’s review and suggestions to improve data sharing.

The committee consists of more than 30 representatives from law enforcement and criminal justice organizations, and advises the attorney general on how to improve best practices and information sharing within the law enforcement community.

“When the lives of cops and citizens are at stake, law enforcement officers must have all available information at their disposal so that they may effectively serve and protect the well-being of those citizens who count on them every day and to safeguard their colleagues,” Reichert said.

Reichert represents Issaquah and communities from Auburn to Wenatchee. Redistricting last year shifted Newcastle into the Tacoma Democrat’s district.

“Information sharing between all levels of law enforcement plays a critical role in keeping our nation safe,” Smith said in a statement. “This bill can only help move that process forward.”

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