Media and Public Information

Media Inquiries

The WSCJTC strives to keep the communities we serve informed of our training and accomplishments. We welcome news and media outlets to contact our communication staff for any inquiries. 

Marisa Peer, Executive Assistant

We will get back to you as soon as possible with information pertaining to your request and questions.


Helpful Resources

Below you will find links to commonly requested information. These may be a useful starting place for any inquiries.

Frequently asked questions regarding LETCSA 
Formerly known as I-940, the Law Enforcement Training and Community Safety Act (LETCSA) establishes new training requirements and criteria for independent investigations of officer involved uses of deadly force.

Commission board and meeting information 
The WSCJTC commission board consists of the Executive Director and 16 governor appointed commissioners. Meetings are held quarterly and welcome public comments.

Basic Law Enforcement Academy curriculum details 
The Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) is the 720 hour mandated academy for entry level city and county level police officers. The current syllabus outlines the topics covered in the 720 training hours.

Public Records Requests
In compliance with RCW 42.56 (Public Records Act), all records maintained by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC) are available for public inspection unless law specifically exempts them. 


Recent Announcements

A Message of Hope to New Police Recruits (June 15, 2020)

Executive Director, Sue Rahr, addressed BLEA Class 801 on their graduation day. In light of ongoing events, recruits are given an inspiring message about their future, and the impact they will have in their new professions. 

To the People We Serve (May 29, 2020)

Executive Director, Sue Rahr, discusses the WSCJTC training methods and new implementations after the the death of Mr. George Floyd.

A Message to Stakeholders (April 20, 2020)

Executive Director, Sue Rahr, provides an update to stakeholders regarding the current status of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy and campus accomplishments while the WSCJTC is closed due to COVID-19.


2020 News Mentions

Police Recruits in Washington State Are Determined to be Different, but It May Take More Than Training (June 29, 2020)

New WA Police Recruits Will be Trained on Black History, Civil Rights, to Prevent Bias (June 15, 2020)

The Gee and Ursula Show, Hour 2: Sue Rahr, Executive Director of the Criminal Justice Training Commission (June 15, 2020)

Woman in Charge of Training Police Recruits Calls for Change (June 15, 2020)

Do We Care Enough to do Police Reform Right? (June 12, 2020)

Seattle Morning News with Dave Ross: Sue Rahr, head of the WA Criminal Justice Training Commission, on the killing of George Floyd and resulting protests (June 5, 2020)

Retired WSP Captain Teaches Officers About the History of Police and Communities of Color (June 4, 2020)

Police Academy’s Closure Because of Coronavirus Outbreak Delays Efforts to Train New Officers (March 17, 2020)

View past news mentions