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Spokane Sexual Assault Unit May Lose Funding

SPOKANE, Wash. - 1440 sex offenders live in Spokane County and that's 1440 people the Spokane Sexual Assault Unit must keep track of at all times. As you can imagine that requires a specific amount of man power that law enforcement says they simply can't afford to lose. Unfortunately though, they might have to, if grant funding is not extended through August.

The SAU says they are in danger of losing a critically grant-funded position that battles sex crimes in Spokane. It is one of four on the unit that monitors offenders out in the community, and one of two that monitors Internet crimes against children. The department says they are hoping for an extension to fund that position through the end of the year and possibly longer. However, with severe budget cuts they fear the department might not be able to hold on to that position.

We're told the Sheriff will prepare a presentation to County Commissioners in following months to show how crucial this position is to Spokane and the SAU. There is no word on when that meeting will be.

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