COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – In May, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a measure barring law enforcement from asking about someone’s immigration status under a new sanctuary policy that expands similar requirements already in place for state agencies.
However, College Place Police Chief Troy Tomaras said the measure doesn’t impact his department because that was a policy his officers were already following.
“We are not federal law enforcement officers, we enforce state law not federal law,” Tomaras said.
Tomaras said the department will continue to provide a service to the community and will not be asking about immigration status.
“I want people to understand, I know people are so divided on this, but what’s really important is I don’t care who you are, if you’re a victim of a crime, if you’re a victim of a domestic violence, I do not want you to be scared of reporting the crime to us,” Tomaras said. “We’re not going to inquire into that, we want to make sure you’re getting the help you need, the protection you need and that’s what’s really important to us.”