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Vancouver police stretched thin as officers pulled off patrol to respond to growing number of calls

Clark County law enforcement agencies have some of Washington's lowest staffing ratios

By Becca Robbins, Columbian staff reporter
Published: April 5, 2024, 6:04am
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Vancouver police Patrol Sgt. Zachary Ripp, center, works with colleagues while responding to a call of a dead person at a homeless encampment Thursday afternoon near Hazel Dell. Five officers responded to the call, which combined with another call at the same time, tied up all the officers working on the west side of the city.
Vancouver police Patrol Sgt. Zachary Ripp, center, works with colleagues while responding to a call of a dead person at a homeless encampment Thursday afternoon near Hazel Dell. Five officers responded to the call, which combined with another call at the same time, tied up all the officers working on the west side of the city. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

At about noon Thursday, Vancouver police received a call about a dead person in a homeless encampment between Highway 99 and Interstate 5 near Hazel Dell. Five officers responded to investigate the circumstances of the person’s death, take photographs of the scene and coordinate the medical examiner’s response.

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