Use of Force

The use of force by law enforcement personnel is a matter of critical concern, both to the public and to the law enforcement community.

SPD conducts an annual Comprehensive Analysis of Reportable Use of Force Incidents. The primary purpose of the analysis is to provide Spokane Police Department information about officers’ use of force and trends associated with use of force. The analysis provides information on many factors involving the subjects and involved officers, as well as environmental details. It also describes the training issues that were identified during the incident review. SPD’s Training Unit and the Training Plan Committee use the information in the report to assist in their development of training curriculum. The report also serves to inform the community about SPD’s use of force. See links to previous analyses.

Use of Force Files

When there is a documented use of force by an officer, it will be investigated and then once the investigation is complete it will be posted to the Spokane Police Department website.

We release the portions of the record(s) which are exempt from disclosure by RCW 42.56.210 and other statutes. For more information, please refer to the redaction checklist attached to each file.









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Contact Information

Lt. Matthew Cowles
Lieutenant, Internal Affairs
Spokane Police Department
1100 West Mallon
Spokane, Washington 99260

Police Ombudsman

Office of Police Ombudsman provides independent civilian oversight for Spokane Police Department conduct-related matters. The Police Ombudsman's duty is to ensure that investigations are timely, thorough and objective. You can learn more by visiting

Use of Force Analysis

Access a comprehensive analysis and dashboard of Use of Force incidents dating back five years.