Follow-up Info: State Accreditation and Law Enforcement Training

Monique Cotton, Public Information & Communication Director, 509.363.8285

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 4:46 p.m.

Below, please find follow- up information from today’s news conference announcing SPD’s accreditation and the re-establishment of our partnership with the CJTC to offer a Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy in eastern Washington:

The purpose of the WASPC Accreditation Program is to recognize agencies operating under industry best practices and standards.

There are 132 accreditation standards, covering 19 major law enforcement areas, including:

  • Use of Force
  • Records Management
  • Information Technology
  • Fiscal Management
  • Recruitment Selection and Training
  • Code of Conduct
  • Internal Affairs
  • Patrol, Traffic and Investigations
  • Evidence and Property (the WASPC Accreditation Evaluators noted our Property Facility set the standard for best practices in the state of Washington)

There are approximately 200 law enforcement agencies in the state of Washington. Approximately 50 (now including the Spokane Police Department) have achieved accreditation.

The re-establishment of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy in Spokane will provide greater access to law enforcement training in eastern Washington. It has been approximately five years since a Basic Law Enforcement Academy was held in Spokane. Currently there is a Basic Law Enforcement Academy held in Burien, WA. The Basic Law Enforcement Academy in Spokane will be conducted out of the Spokane Police Academy.

View the May 21, 2014 Release.

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