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January 6, 2021

Alive Day Celebration – Houston Gass

The term “Alive Day” is seldom spoken among Law Enforcement Officers (LEO’s). What you’ll hear is “anniversary of your incident”, “that day everything changed”, or “when it happened”, but rarely will you hear of it in terms of a day to reflect upon. Most try to shutter the past and compartmentalize the trauma. It is easier to ignore it than accept it and move past. With little fanfare from their agencies, it’s a wonder it’s even acknowledged.

At LENN, we choose to celebrate the day of change. It is a life altering event for those affected. Rather than dwell on the past, we will lift up those that survived. After all, why should we mourn what has not been lost when we should be [...]

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January 1, 2021

Mental Health Response Changing For the Better in Washington State

Washington State – Agencies all around Washington are exploring different ways to get mental health professionals involved in calls involving subjects in mental health crisis or with a substance abuse issue.

SPOKANE:

The Spokane Police Department, Spokane Valley Police Department, and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office have recently been praised by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) for their co-deployed behavioral health teams. WASPC shared their compiled data that showed Spokane had a successful November as far as keeping those in crisis or facing substance issues out of jails.

The three Spokane agencies mentioned work [...]

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December 17, 2020

Another Autonomous Zone Set Up in Seattle to Protest Homeless Encampment Sweeps

Seattle, WA – A new autonomous zone has been set up in Seattle, this time in an abandoned house on 1106 E Denny Way.

Over the past months, a homeless encampment has taken over Cal Anderson park on Capitol Hill, the former home of  Seattle’s first autonomous zone, known as CHAZ (Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone). Residents and businesses have complained about the smell of human waste, as well as the presence of tents, needles, and garbage piling up.

Also at the park, fires were set, assaults were reported, police were assaulted at least once, threats made against park workers, and a murder. The homicide was allegedly committed by Travis Berge, who is said to have [...]

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December 17, 2020

Bay Area Drug Ring Busted; Eight Arrests and 10 Pounds of Fentanyl Seized

San Francisco, CA – Multiple arrests were made last week in connection to a drug ring out of Oakland, which was said by authorities to have created a public health emergency in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District.

A multi-agency effort resulted in the end of this particular drug ring, providing fentanyl, heroin, and other drugs to dealers and individuals alike. U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California David Anderson said that charges have been brought against seven people who allegedly commuted from their Oakland residents to deliver the drugs to the Tenderloin between July and December of this year.

The public health emergency was declared due [...]

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