Spokane PD pulls resources from several units to assist with murder investigation




Posted on September 13, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 13 at 7:13 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.-- A morning homicide required Spokane police to pull resources from all over the department.

In July, the Major Crimes Unit already exceeded its overtime budget for the year. With another large scale investigation Thursday, the unit is scrambling to find resources.

From the usual Major Crimes detectives to sex crimes detectives, the newest murder brought in officers from all over the police department.

“Today, we had to see who was available that could come out to this. Once we got them here, we then found out it was a bigger scene,” Lt. Joe Walker said.

It all boils down to a lack of resources, according to Walker.

The department is already short staffed, on top of the fact this has been a serious year for crime. Because the unit is so tied up in other investigations, Walker had to call for help from elsewhere.

“I started calling detectives from the drug unit and the sexual assault unit. We had our collision investigators come out to help with measurements in the crime scene itself,” he said.

While the detectives specialize in different areas, Walker says it won’t compromise the investigation.

Police say the staffing crisis is forcing them to prioritize calls, but public safety, they assure, will always come first.

“Patrol officers in uniform are always going to respond to 911 calls and be there for the community,” he said. “[In] police work, everyday is a new day. You don’t know what you’re going to get into, and we just hope it doesn’t tap us to the point where we are really struggling.”

Alongside this murder investigation, detectives are still actively working on the Sharlotte McGill and Kayla Williams.