Declaring an emergency and amending the Law regarding police pursuits
What the Bill says:
A peace officer may not engage in a vehicular pursuit, unless:(a)(((i))) There is ((probable cause to believe)) reasonable suspicion that a person in the vehicle has committed or is committing ((a)): (i) A violent offense ((or)) as defined in RCW 9.94A.030; (ii) A sex offense as defined in RCW 9.94A.030((, or an)); (iii) A vehicular assault offense under RCW 46.61.522; (iv) An assault in the first, second, third, or fourth degree offense under chapter 9A.36 RCW, involving domestic violence as defined in RCW 10.99.020;16 (v) An escape under chapter 9A.76 RCW; or (((ii) There is reasonable suspicion a person in the vehicle has committed or is committing a)) (vi) A driving under the influence offense under RCW 46.61.502;
What the bill means:
It requires constant communication of the officer in pursuit with literally all other actively involved officers and the supervisor but it does not demand clearance to begin pursuit . It has a sunset of 5 years on this law. It is a step forward towards returning to law and order on the streets.