King County Sheriff Sue Rahr said Thursday she hopes the deputies' guild will vote on whether to give up pay raises next year to avoid laying off cops who patrol unincorporated areas.
In a news conference, Rahr said she hopes the guild will reach a "middle ground" with the King County Council in finding a way to avoid cutting 28 officers who police unincorporated areas.
"I wish they'd give some of it back to save some of those jobs. For every deputy laid off, we're losing an investment in their training. Financially, it makes no sense to lay off somebody," she said.
The resolution also limits situations in which officers can make arrests and requires more de-escalation efforts by police before using deadly force. In addition, a new Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention would be formed to oversee efforts on community health and public safety, led by a director with public health expertise.