It seems the headlines are filled more and more every year with instances of police using deadly force while on the job.  Is there a rise in violent crime that would warrant the use of deadly force, or are police not properly trained when it comes to making  a decision to use their guns?

In this edition of Northwest Now, we discuss ballot initiative I-940 which would add training to officers in use of deadly force and other civil duties including medical training.  Steve Strachen, director of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, will weigh in on the measure. We’ll also hear from family members how have lost loved ones to recent instances of deadly force.

The Emmy and Telly Award-winning public affairs series Northwest Now airs Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on KBTC Public Television, a service of Bates Technical College.

Use the list below to find us on TV. You can also watch past episodes and learn more about the show on our website.


KBTC 28.1, 28.2, 28.3 digital channels, (including K41KT-D Grays River-Lebam and K24IC-D, Bellingham and Channel 16 Digital, Seattle)

KCKA 15.1, 15.2, 15.3 digital channels


Comcast channel 108 (HD, most areas in Western Washington)

Comcast channel 12 (most areas – in Tacoma, Comcast channel 3)

Click! (Tacoma) channel 3 Rainier Connect channel 10

Broadstripe channel 28 (varies by area)

Verizon FiOS channel 28
Frontier Cable: 528 (HD), 28 (SD), and 474 (MHz Worldview)

Dish channel 28 (may appear as 8620)