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Dozens of Seattle Police, Firefighters Off Duty One Day After Vaccine Mandate

In all, 103 sworn and civilian SPD employees submitted requests for either a medical or religious exemption and six others have “entered the separation process,” according to the police department. All six of those facing separation for noncompliance are sworn officers.

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Seattle Cops and Firefighters Feed Homeless After Being Fired Over Vaccine Mandate

Gov. Jay Inslee’s vaccine mandate for most state workers took effect Monday at 11:59 p.m. Those who did not show proof of vaccination were subsequently out of jobs.

Seattle Plan Uses Detectives for 911 Calls If Officers Walk Over Vaccine Mandate

The department says it fully expects to see some departures of personnel as a result of the mandate and is considering various options for how to adjust its response model through the transition.

Seattle Could Lose Hundreds of Officers Next Week Over Vaccine Mandate

There are an additional 111 officers awaiting results of exemption requests. Those 111 are not counted in the 292 figure – meaning if their accommodations are denied, the actual number of unvaccinated officers could be as high as 403.

WA Troopers Use PIT Maneuver to Stop Golf Cart

"#FirstTime in my 30 years we had a short golf cart pursuit," WSP Trooper Rick Johnson explained in a short Twitter thread Sunday (September 19). Johnson, who's the agency's public information officer, said a "female in distress" tried to get on State Route 167 the wrong way.

Seattle Could Lose 200 Officers Over Vaccine Mandate

Under the vaccine mandate, city workers who do not get the shots will be terminated. The SPD, already stretched dangerously thin, cannot stand to lose any more officers.

WA Officer Ambushed at Traffic Light, Not Injured

Around 3:15 p.m. Sept. 3, an officer was stopped at a traffic light on Pacific Highway South while driving a marked police SUV when a vehicle pulled up alongside the officer, according to Cmdr. Kurt Schwan of Federal Way Police.

WA Sheriff Pulls SROs from Schools Over Vaccine Mandate

Sheriff Brian Burnett said he believes Gov. Jay Inslee's mandate requiring school employees and on-site contractors and volunteers to receive a COVID-19 vaccination infringes on his deputies' rights.

Washington Officer Dies After On-Duty "Medical Episode"

Sgt. Joseph Deccio, a 15-year veteran of the Yakima PD, was rushed to a local hospital, but efforts to save the 38-year-old officer failed.

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After Defunding Seattle Mayor Says City Needs to Hire More Police

Mayor Jenny Durkan added that the weekend violence is a "reminder" that there are certain emergency situations that require sworn police officers.

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