About Certification Hearings

Under RCW 43.101.155, if the Commission determines, upon investigation, that there is probable cause to believe that a peace officer's certification should be denied or revoked, the Commission will prepare and serve upon the officer a statement of charges. The statement of charges will be accompanied by a notice that to receive a hearing on the denial or revocation, the officer must request a hearing before the hearings board within sixty days of communication of the statement of charges.  Failure of the officer to request a hearing within the sixty-day period constitutes a default, whereupon the commission may enter an order.

These hearings are open to the public. 

There are certain circumstances under which a peace officer, who has had their certification revoked or denied, may apply to have their certification reinstated.

Panel Members

Composition of Hearings Panels – RCW 43.101.380

a. Hearings Panels for Peace Officers:

  • One police chief or sheriff from an agency not a current or past employer of the officer; - Not accepting applications at this time
  • One certified Washington peace officer who is at or below the level of first line supervisor and who has at least ten years’ experience as a peace officer; - Not accepting applications at this time
  • One civilian member of the Commission as appointed under RCW 43.101.030 (1) (f) and (h) through (j);
  • One member of the public who is not a prosecutor, defense attorney, judge, or certified officer; and
  • One person with expertise and background in police accountability who is not a current or former certified officer.

b. Hearings Panels for Corrections Officers:

  • A person who heads either a city or county corrections agency or facility or of a Washington state department of corrections facility;
  • One corrections officer who is at or below the level of first line supervisor and who has at least ten years’ experience as a corrections officer;
  • One civilian member of the commission as appointed under RCW 43.101.030 (1) (f) and (h) through (j);
  • One member of the public who is not a prosecutor, defense attorney, judge, or peace officer; and
  • One person with expertise and background in police accountability who is not a current or former peace officer or corrections officer.

 c. Hearings Panels for Tribal police officers:

  • One tribal police chief;
  • One tribal police officer who is at or below the level of first line supervisor, and who has at least ten years’ experience as a peace officer;
  • One civilian member of the commission as appointed under RCW 43.101.030 (1) (f) and (h) through (j);
  • One member of the public who is not a prosecutor, defense attorney, judge, or peace officer; and
  • One person with expertise and background in police accountability who is not a current or former peace officer or corrections officer.

If you are interested in applying for the certification hearings panel, the following documents will need to be submitted:

  • Panel member application 
  • Resume and the names and contact information for 3 references - The purpose of providing references is solely for verifying information provided on the application.
  • Cover letter
  • Letter of support from your agency supervisor (members of the public may submit a letter of recommendation in lieu of a letter of support).

Materials may be submitted to the Hearings Coordinator at  kayla.wold@cjtc.wa.gov or mailed to WSCJTC, Attention Kayla Wold, 19010 1st Ave S. Burien, WA 98148.

Materials submitted to WSCJTC will be presented at the quarterly commission meeting (March, June, September, December). Applications and materials should be submitted one month prior to the quarterly commission meeting. Please note, the applicant does not need to attend. Upon approval or denial, a letter will be sent with more information.

 

 

Contacts

If you have any questions regarding current and past hearings, please contact the following staff:

Kayla Wold, Hearings Coordinator
(206) 835-7306
kayla.wold@cjtc.wa.gov

Upcoming Certification Hearings

All hearings are held in Room C-122 at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

Findings will be posted in "Hearing Outcomes" within 95 days of the hearing date.

Upcoming Certification Hearings:
Last Name, First NameAgency  Statement of Charges Hearing Date
Cassatt, MichaelOrting PDSOCSeptember 20-21, 2022 @ 9 am (Location TBD) 

 

Hearing Outcomes, Revocations, and Eligibility Reinstatements

Click on the link below to access our Certification Case Interactive Database.

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