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Tag: Zina Linnick


Outside review agrees with Tacoma Police’s improvements since Zina case

Since Zina Linnik was abducted and killed four years ago, the Tacoma Police Department has made “significant improvements” in its protocols for child abduction cases, an outside investigator hired to review the case has found.

And once the department adopts a new Child Abduction Response Team concept, the department “will have a comprehensive child recovery strategy” in place, consultant Mark S. Simpson wrote.

“The current policies and procedures related to child abductions” developed since the 2007 kidnapping, “represent a truly significant improvement,” Simpson wrote.

“However, as written, they are insufficient to optimize a rapid, targeted response to the event of a child abduction.”

The city released those and other findings Tuesday as part of Simpson’s 36-page “case study” analyzing Tacoma police’s handling of the Zina case.

(A full copy of the report can be found here.)

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