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Every Sheriff’s Deputy in Spokane County will soon have a body worn camera, a purchase law enforcement and public officials say will make policing more transparent.

On Tuesday Spokane Valley City Council unanimously voted to divide the cost of purchasing body worn cameras with the county. That vote means the Sheriff’s Office has the funds to equip every deputy with a camera by the end of this year.

“This is a tool that will serve as good insurance for our office, to be able to protect them and highlight the good work that they’re doing.”

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With summer now officially here, Avista and the Spokane County sheriff’s office are reminding people to be careful on the water this summer.

Deputy Jim Ebel coordinates the marine enforcement division for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. He says local ordinances require people who use the Spokane River  to wear life jackets. But he says only about half do.

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Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is not happy that the Spokane county commissioners have decided to wait to ask voters for a tax increase and have decided to make budget cuts to all departments across the board.

State law allows the county commissioners to increase property taxes one percent per year. If they want even more, they are required to ask voters for approval.

Inland Journal, Sept. 21, 2017

Sep 21, 2017

This week on Inland Journal...

    ▪    We’ll talk with the superintendent of the Marysville School District, home of a fatal school shooting in 2014. She and a staff member visited the Freeman School District last week to provide support and advice for dealing with last week’s shooting.
    ▪    We’ll talk with Spokane City Councilman Breean Beggs about his plans to put a sidewalk funding initiative on Spokane’s 2018 general election ballot.
    ▪    Advocates for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department flood a county commission budget hearing as they try to protect the department from further spending cuts.
    ▪    The city of Spokane releases more details of its massive Monroe Street rehabilitation project, due to begin in 2018.


As a general rule, budget hearings for government agencies do not make for scintillating news. But this year, the Spokane county commissioners are bringing a little drama to the process.

Sheriff Advocates Press Commissioners Not to Cut Budget

Sep 20, 2017

The Spokane County commissioners have warned that next year’s budget will be a lean one. State law allows them to go to the voters if they want to raise county property taxes by more than one percent. But they say they won’t do that because the state is going to impose its own property tax increase.

Commissioner Al French says the county will have to cut spending or find new sources of revenue to fill an estimated $9.5 million shortfall. The sheriff has been asked to trim his budget. But at a budget hearing last night (Tuesday), advocates said the commissioners have cut law enforcement enough.


The Coast Guard is enforcing new standards that require many boat owners around the nation to get new hull identification numbers, or HINs, for their boats. A HIN is the nautical version of the vehicle identification number, or the VIN, on a car or truck.