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Former Seattle Chief Argues for National Licensing of Officers

February 08, 2018  | 

Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper says in his new book, “To Protect and Serve,” that all police in the country should be licensed, in the same manner as a doctor or attorney.

“Everything that goes into being a professional police officer, you satisfy the requirements in those areas, you get your license in effect,” he said. “But you can get your license revoked, your authority to practice law anywhere in the United States.”

Stamper said that the capacity to revoke a police officer’s license — in the same way a bar association can pull an attorney’s right to practice law — provides a red flag for other departments when they are hiring, KIRO reports.

“We need a national standard,” Stamper said. “Who would require it for so many things and not being a police officer?”

Comments (5)

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jojo @ 2/8/2018 4:31 PM

Apparently this former chief from the liberal area called Seattle has never heard of state rights. And he is wrong, because attorneys and doctors are not licensed federally, they are licensed by individual states. Go back to the liberal northwest and worry about the rain forest and the spotted owl.

David @ 2/8/2018 5:55 PM

Except doctors and lawyers can always get their licenses back even after they commit felonies. They get chances to redeem themselves. Once a police officer commits and is convicted of most crimes, there is no second chance. Police depts. always use national data bases when hiring. I have never ever not contacted a former agency for the potential candidates standing and history with that dept.

tedb @ 2/9/2018 6:55 AM

He was a loser with San Diego PD; a loser with Seattle PD, and now lives the life of a hermit in the backwoods and grows or at least espouses weed, but he's going to tell everybody else how to do the job. More progressive, over-educated crap.

Skiman94 @ 2/9/2018 8:55 AM

Apparently, these socialist elitists have never heard of, or care about a constitution. These commies recoil at the constitution like vampires when they see the cross. Tenth Amendment, end of discussion.

Jay Ray @ 6/17/2018 12:01 PM

The Chief is correct:
When seconds counts first responders are minutes away. National concealed carry by active, former and retired LE can provide thousands of front-line defenders until first responders arrive. Thousands of lives can be saved! LEOSA helps but needs more bite.

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