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Cops fired, placed on leave raise questions about vetting process

Background checks aim to catch bad actors before they wear the badge

A Bellingham Police Department vehicle navigates a driving course with orange cones lined up to direct the car along a path.
A Bellingham Police Department vehicle navigates a driving course in May 2022. Officers in training must prove themselves physically and psychologically before they join the force, but the screening process is "not foolproof," Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo said. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)
By Ralph Schwartz Staff Reporter
Washington law enforcement agencies are required to take rigorous steps to weed out bad cops before
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