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CHRIS JOSEPH TAYLOR / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Taking deputies off the streets

County Executive Ron Sims' 2008 budget proposal would take six deputies and one sergeant off patrol in unincorporated Southeast King County. Sheriff's officials say this would have catastrophic consequences to public safety. Above, Deputy Sam Speight runs the license plate of a suspicious van parked outside the construction area of a shopping plaza in Fairwood near Renton where a crime was committed months earlier.

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