WENATCHEE — An area task force historically charged with combating drug-related and gang-related crimes might expand its mission to include homeless issues.

The move is intended to divert the workload that accompanies homelessness issues away from patrol officers and onto members of the Columbia River Drug Task Force, said Capt. Brian Chance with the Wenatchee Police Department.

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Pete O’Cain is a graduate of Central Washington University, served in the Marines Corps and covers public safety in Chelan and Douglas counties. He also leads The Wenatchee World’s wildfire coverage.

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