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State of Washington      55th Legislature     1997 Regular Session


By Representatives Dyer and Conway


Read first time 03/04/97.  Referred to Committee on Criminal Justice & Corrections.

Establishing a joint legislative committee on law enforcement mortality and diseases.

    WHEREAS, The average life expectancy for law enforcement officers is fifty-seven years compared to seventy-one years for the general population; and

    WHEREAS, Law enforcement officers rank number one in heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes; and

    WHEREAS, Depression is four times the national average among law enforcement officers; and

    WHEREAS, Suicide among law enforcement officers is two to seven times higher than the national average;

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, By the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring, That a joint select committee on law enforcement mortality and diseases be established to study the mortality and diseases suffered by law enforcement officers in the state of Washington and their causes; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the committee consist of members of the House of Representatives health care committee and members of the Senate health & long-term care committee; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the committee report to the legislature by December 1997 on the study and possible legislative action.


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