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Media Inquiries

The WSCJTC is committed to sharing our training processes and accomplishments with the people of Washington. We welcome news and media outlets to contact us with inquiries and will make every effort to respond promptly. 

Please direct media inquiries to:

Megan Saunders, Communications Manager

Lacey Ledford, Executive Assistant

Human Resources Inquiries

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Helpful Resources

Below you will find links to commonly requested information. These may be a useful starting place for any inquiries.

Formerly known as I-940, the Law Enforcement Training and Community Safety Act (LETCSA) establishes new training requirements and criteria for independent investigations of officer involved uses of deadly force.

Commission board and meeting information 
The WSCJTC commission board consists of the Executive Director and 21 governor appointed commissioners. Meetings are held quarterly and welcome public comments.

Basic Law Enforcement Academy curriculum details 
The Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) is the 720 hour mandated academy for entry level city and county level police officers. The current syllabus outlines the topics covered in the 720 training hours.

Public Records Requests
In compliance with RCW 42.56 (Public Records Act), all records maintained by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC) are available for public inspection unless law specifically exempts them. 

Chief for a Day
Chief For a Day is about celebrating the lives of children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening or chronic medical condition. The hope is to provide these children with a day of fun they will never forget and to become a part of their precious lives.


Recent Announcements

2022-2024 Strategic Plan (March 10, 2022)

The seven goals highlighted in our 2022-2024 Strategic Plan are reflective of continuous advancement toward accomplishing the noble mission of building a culture that institutionalizes our philosophy of serving our community as ‘Guardians.’

State of the WSCJTC: WATCH HERE (March 10, 2022)

Watch as Executive Director Monica Alexander updates stakeholders on the progress of the commission over the past year, the challenges we face in implementing new statewide laws, and the opening of greater transparency and communications from the Commission.

Enlightening Conversations : Community Policing As The Focus (March 7, 2022)

In this brand new series in partnership with the Seattle Police Department, we are examining current and future policing strategies through honest, transparent, and "enlightening conversations."

To start our dialogues, WSCJTC Executive Director Monica Alexander and newly retired Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenberg met to discuss successful careers in effective community policing. 

WSCJTC Canine Model Policy (December 28, 2021)

The purpose of this policy is to set best practices for canine handlers in Washington state pursuant to Chapter 320, Laws of 2021 (ESHB 1054). Making our communities safer, reducing violence, and preserving lives must be at the forefront of all law enforcement work, including the use of police canines. 

WSCJTC Duty to Intervene Model Policy (December 1, 2021)

The purpose of this policy is to establish clear guidelines, provisions, and actions for any on-duty peace officer to intervene in the event there is knowledge and/or witnessed excessive use of force or wrongdoing committed by another peace officer. 

A Message from WSCJTC on House Bill 1310 (July 23, 2021)

With the passage of House Bill 1310, the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission will be training our officers in accordance with the new legislation. Our main priority is to train the next guardians of democracy to effectively protect the communities they serve. This commitment remains the same as new laws go into effect.

WSCJTC Certification Legislative Mandates (July 23, 2021)

During the 2021 Legislative Session, Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 5051 (E2SSB 5051) was enacted by the Legislature and signed into law on May 18.

WSCJTC staff will work diligently to provide updated and relevant information to stakeholders on the website. This includes, but is not limited to, policy and procedure updates, information regarding RCW 43.101, canine model policy workgroup information (ESHB 1054), a certification database, and a new complaint process. 


Recent News Mentions

Washington state creates process for public to seek police decertification (June 17, 2022) 

SPD Provides Duty to Intervene Training (June 15, 2022)

New WA police accountability law can now include past misconduct (March 31, 2022)

WA panel now will consider past offenses when deciding whether to take an officer’s badge (March 31, 2022)

Civil rights groups seek retroactive application of police decertification statute (February 21, 2022)

House Passes Bills To Clarify Police Reform Laws (January 31, 2022)

Vancouver NAACP activist, police officer appointed to Washington criminal justice commission (December 30, 2021)

Fatal police encounters in Washington fall to 5-year low (December 13, 2021)

Washington police divided on banning less-lethal ammunition under new law (September 7, 2021)

State training commission adjusting to new demands from police accountability laws (September 1, 2021)

‘Legitimate issues that need to be addressed’ in new state policing laws (August 3, 2021)

Officers have 'duty to intervene' in excessive force incidents under new Washington law (July 29, 2021)

What new WA police accountability laws do and don’t do (July 29, 2021) 

'Cultural changes ahead' for police in Washington state, as controversial reform laws take effect (July 26, 2021)

New director of CJTC: ‘Long overdue’ that community, law enforcement work together (July 26, 2021)

Tukwila police now ask community reps to review use of force and hiring decisions  (July 20, 2021)

Policing bills passed by the 2021 Washington State Legislature (June 6, 2021) 

The future of policing in Edmonds: Part 3 — New state laws, new strategies will impact the way cops do their job (June 6, 2021) 

Deadly crisis calls drive police, community in search of new ways to respond (May 25, 2021)

An Inside Look At Washington State's Policing And Race Curriculum For Recruits (May 25, 2021)

A year after George Floyd’s murder, what’s changed in Washington state? (May 25, 2021)

How de-escalation training will change the future of policing in Washington (May 21, 2021) 

With new police reform measures now law, state training academy embraces approach (May 19, 2021)

Flanked by families, Inslee signs a dozen police reform bills into law (May 18, 2021)

Washington Law Enforcement Will Soon Be Required To Learn The History Of Race And Policing, Will It Be Enough To Spark Change? (May 11, 2021)

Thank you, Sue Rahr, for early leadership on police reform (May 9, 2021)

Protecting Life and Rebuilding Trust Through Police Reform (May 7, 2021)

Families Impacted by Police Shootings Praise WA Reforms (April 28, 2021)

What Became Of The Legislature’s Big Plans For Police Reform? (April 27, 2021)

Eight big things the Washington State Legislature passed in 2021 (April 26, 2021)

Outcry over deadly police encounters fuels successful legislative push in Washington (April 26, 2021)

With Derek Chauvin convicted, The Record looks at George Floyd's impact on Seattle (April 21, 2021)

Washington lawmakers OK proposal easing decertification of law enforcement officers (April 21, 2021)

Washington bill requiring police officers to intervene when they see use of force heads to governor (April 20, 2021)

Washington Law Enforcement Agencies Implement New Training Standards (April 15, 2021)

Washington rolling out 'History of Race and Policing' course for law enforcement (April 14, 2021)

WA pushes beyond clearing sexual assault evidence kits (April 5, 2021)

Significant police reform on track in legislature (March 25, 2021)

With the Washington Legislature halfway through its session, here’s where policing bills stand (March 15, 2021)

Ground-Breaking Police Accountability Bills Pass The House, Await Senate Consideration (March 12, 2021)

Lawmakers in Olympia on verge of major policing overhaul (March 11, 2021)

WA House passes ban on chokeholds; backs off complete ban on tear gas (March 1, 2021)

The State Senate passed a bill to overhaul the decertification process for police officers. Here’s what’s in it (February 27, 2021)

Washington Senate approves police accountability bill (February 27, 2021) 

Bill Requiring Police to Intervene When Another Officer Uses Excessive Force Passes State Senate (February 24, 2021)

The retiring and incoming directors of Washington’s training arm for peace officers talk policing (February 21, 2021)

Spokane activist Kurtis Robinson appointed to state law enforcement training commission (February 19, 2021) 

Former King County Sheriff: Amid calls for reform, ‘this is the best time to come into policing’ (February 18, 2021)

Police reform in focus during first week of state Legislature (January 17, 2021)

As Police Departments Outsource Officer Training to Save Money, Society May Be Paying the Price (November 20, 2020)

Police 'Brain Training:' Neuroscience Tech Firm Rolls Out New App (November 3, 2020)

Police Reform Bill Could Bring Washington To Forefront Of Accountability Movement (October 6, 2020)

Police Departments Across Country Embrace Active Bystandership to Prevent Harm (September 29, 2020)

Inside Olympia - Sept. 24 (September 24, 2020)

Recent Protests Revive Push For WA To Speed Up Police Reform (August 25, 2020)

Washington To Teach All Officers To ‘Redefine Loyalty’ When Cops Break Rules (August 13, 2020)

Three Newly Graduated Police Officers Enter A Whole New World (August 2, 2020) 

Police Recruits in Washington State Are Determined to be Different, but It May Take More Than Training (June 29, 2020)

New WA Police Recruits Will be Trained on Black History, Civil Rights, to Prevent Bias (June 15, 2020)

The Gee and Ursula Show, Hour 2: Sue Rahr, Executive Director of the Criminal Justice Training Commission (June 15, 2020)

Woman in Charge of Training Police Recruits Calls for Change (June 15, 2020)

Do We Care Enough to do Police Reform Right? (June 12, 2020)

Stop Training Police Like They’re Joining the Military (June 10, 2020)

Seattle Morning News with Dave Ross: Sue Rahr, head of the WA Criminal Justice Training Commission, on the killing of George Floyd and resulting protests (June 5, 2020)

Retired WSP Captain Teaches Officers About the History of Police and Communities of Color (June 4, 2020)

Police Academy’s Closure Because of Coronavirus Outbreak Delays Efforts to Train New Officers (March 17, 2020)

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