Addressing priorities in public safety

December 2, 2022
Bellingham City Council Public Safety Committee 2022

Commentary: Bellingham’s challenges are in recruiting and retaining police officers, not lack of funding.

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What do ‘community policing’ and ‘police reform’ mean … in the islands?

October 28, 2022
Kathryn Wheeler

Island-style policing in the San Juans may be an embodiment of real police reform—or it may fall victim to changing times.

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From the Editor’s Desk: Fact-checking 42nd District campaign mailers

October 21, 2022
Mike Sato and Salish Current Staff

Political mailers to 42nd Legislative District addresses—timed to arrive with ballots—carry a variety of assertions and arguments; Salish Current fact-checks the claims.

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From the Editor’s Desk: Fact-checking the House candidates

October 7, 2022
Mike Sato and Salish Current Staff

Committed to accuracy and fighting misinformation, the Salish Current fact-checked some candidate statements made in a recent Bellingham City Club online forum.

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Local policing at recruitment crossroads

July 7, 2022
Kai Uyehara

Local police departments are adapting to staff and applicant shortages in ways as multifaceted as the reasons behind the trend. 

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Skagit sheriff-social-worker partnership is a game-changer in mental health calls

February 4, 2022
Lauren Gallup

A different approach to how first responders in Skagit County address mental health crises is changing the outcome of behavioral health emergencies and helping people stay out of the hospital or jail.

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