Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission

Training the Guardians of Democracy


"The Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC) was created in 1974 to establish standards and provide training to criminal justice professionals, including peace officers, local corrections officers and to certify, and when necessary de-certify, peace officers. As per RCW 43.101.020, Washington State is one of only a few states that not only establishes training standards, but also provides Basic Training for Peace Officers and Corrections Officers. This unique model ensures that every local officer has consistent and high quality training guided by 21 Governor appointed Commissioners and our state legislature. Through economies of scale, we are able to maintain a highly capable staff comprised of the best trainers in the state. Further, we are able to engage in partnerships with leading experts and researchers from across the nation, developing innovative strategies and evaluating state of the art training methodologies.
Whether you're a criminal justice professional or a member of the community we serve - we're glad you're here! It is an honor for every member of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission team to establish standards and provide training that upholds the core ideals of our democracy and keeps our communities safe. We accomplish this noble mission by building a culture that institutionalizes our philosophy of serving our community as 'Guardians'."





The people of Washington State enjoy life and liberty in safe and secure communities.


Establish high standards and exceptional training to ensure that criminal justice professionals in Washington State have the knowledge and skills to safely and effectively protect the life, liberty and property of the people they serve.


Leadership – We strive to provide the best training in the nation through continuous evaluation, improvement, and innovation.

Integrity – We do the right thing for the right reason with transparency and honesty.

Dignity – We demonstrate respect for each other and the people we serve.

Accountability – We are dedicated stewards of the resources and responsibilities entrusted to us by the people we serve.