People First: Awareness, Challenges, and Response to Poverty and Recidivism

In this self-paced course, officers learn about concepts and challenges relating to recidivism and people experiencing homelessness with the goal of better serving these individuals. Lectures, self-reflection, and videos assist officers in developing more understanding of their community.

After completing this course, officers will be able to:

  • explain various issues people experiencing homelessness face;
  • summarize best practices of law enforcement responses to people experiencing poverty and homelessness and how they can better serve these individuals;
  • describe the experience a formerly incarcerated person faces to include challenges and available support; and
  • identify a law enforcement officer’s role in reentry and recidivism.

To register for the course, contact your Training Manager to assign the training to you via Acadis.

Alex Buijs (LETCSA Program Manager)

(206) 591-7930

Who can attend our classes?

Anyone with an Acadis or FirstForward login.

Per WAC 139-11, this course is required for:

  • all peace officers certified in Washington before December 7, 2019; and
  • lateral peace officers certified in Washington after December 7, 2019.

The course must be completed by January 1, 2028, for these two types of certified officers.

Additionally, if a certified peace officer graduates from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy after May 2020, the course is required and must be completed within three years from their graduation date. 

Required Equipment

To attend this course, students must have a computer with audio and video capabilities, and an internet connection. Content, websites, videos, and other course materials are embedded into the course.


WAC 139-11-020 (2)(q).