Pullman police: We are prepared


The Pullman Police Department is hoping to partner with Washington State University to better understand how to prevent the dangerous escalation of interactions between police and civilians.

The police department this week will submit an application for a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to fund research into de-escalation techniques and use of force by officers.

The department is seeking to work with WSU associate professor David Makin and his Complex Social Interactions Lab. The lab would analyze body cameras worn by Pullman police officers in cases where the officer had to use force or other de-escalation tactics. Makin’s team also will interview the officers about those encounters.

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