Law Enforcement Training and Community Safety Act (LETCSA) Mandated Courses
In May 2017, Initiative 940 (I-940) was filed with the legislature in an effort to establish higher training requirements and police accountability standards. After filing for approval, the campaign officially began gathering public support. Led by De-Escalate Washington and the Puyallup Tribe, the goals of this campaign were to:
- Require de-escalation and mental health training for law enforcement.
- Require first aid training for law enforcement and require that they render first aid at the earliest safe opportunity to injured persons at a scene controlled by law enforcement.
- Replace the requirement that “malice” must be proven in order to bring criminal charges to a law enforcement officer, with an objective “good faith standard”.
- Require a completely independent investigation into officer involved uses of deadly force.
- Require notification and involvement of the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs (GOIA) if a Tribal member is killed or injured in an officer involved use of deadly force.
- Include community stakeholders from diverse groups in rulemaking discussions.
Following the passage of I-940 and SHB 1064, the legislation was renamed to the Law Enforcement Training and Community Safety Act (LETCSA). The Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC) began to work with named statutory stakeholders to create and adopt rules for new officer training requirements (WAC 139-11) and independent investigations criteria for officer involved uses of deadly force (WAC 139-12). These WACs have been adopted and are currently in effect.
Below are classes that have been developed by WSCJTC that were mandated by WAC 139-11.
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In this self-paced course, officers will learn multiple strategies to apply when interacting with individuals in their community with differing backgrounds. This course provides supplemental methods to the LETCSA overarching principles of pace management which involves time, distance, and shielding. The development of this course was a partnership with the following organizations: Kitsap Support, Advocacy, and Counseling; Rebuilding Hope! Sexual Assault Center for Pierce County; Washington State Department of Social and Health Services; and Spokane Immigrant Rights Coalition. After completing this training, officers will receive 2.5 hours of LETCSA credits.
The Holocaust for Humanity Center and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) engage with law enforcement to examine the role of police in Nazi Germany, as a case study, and to reflect on the role of law enforcement in a democratic society today. Officers will learn to build more positive relationships with specific communities within areas they serve by understanding how biases and stereotypes
This training equips participants with current and accurate information surrounding laws, the historical context around the relationship between the LGBTQ+ community and law enforcement, terminology, and more so that officers feel confident in their knowledge regarding the LGBTQ+ community. Other areas covered in this training will be gender identity, gender expression, and pronoun usage so that officers may effectively and respectfully communicate with LGBTQ+ individuals. After completing this training, officers will receive 2.5 hours of LETCSA credits.
This course is a two-hour, fully online, and self-guided series that introduces the audience to the United States criminal legal system. We review incremental policy reforms happening across the United States in attempts to mitigate the negative outcomes related to criminal legal contact, particularly for people who are poor.