Media and Public Information
The WSCJTC is committed to sharing our training processes and accomplishments with the people of Washington. We welcome news and media outlets to contact us with inquiries and will make every effort to respond promptly.
Please direct media inquiries to:
Megan Saunders, Communications Manager
Lacey Ledford, Executive Assistant
Below you will find links to commonly requested information. These may be a useful starting place for any inquiries.
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 21 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.
Chief for a Day
Chief For a Day is about celebrating the lives of children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening or chronic medical condition. The hope is to provide these children with a day of fun they will never forget and to become a part of their precious lives.
A Message from WSCJTC on House Bill 1310 (July 23, 2021)
With the passage of House Bill 1310, the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission will be training our officers in accordance with the new legislation. Our main priority is to train the next guardians of democracy to effectively protect the communities they serve. This commitment remains the same as new laws go into effect.
WSCJTC Certification Legislative Mandates (July 23, 2021)
During the 2021 Legislative Session, Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 5051 (E2SSB 5051) was enacted by the Legislature and signed into law on May 18.
WSCJTC staff will work diligently to provide updated and relevant information to stakeholders on the website. This includes, but is not limited to, policy and procedure updates, information regarding RCW 43.101, canine model policy workgroup information (ESHB 1054), a certification database, and a new complaint process.
LETCSA Virtual Annual Summit: 2021 (July 13, 2021)
We invite you to watch our Law Enforcement Training and Community Safety Act (LETCSA) annual summit that occurred on July 13, 2021. These virtual summits included training updates by our staff. This was an opportunity for engagement between law enforcement and the community.
On June 30, 2021, Monica Alexander was appointed unanimously by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission today after a nationwide search. Alexander will now be tasked with training the new generation of “guardians of democracy.”
A Living Legacy - From One Trailblazer to Another (February 19, 2021)
After a law enforcement career spanning over four decades, and 9 years as Executive Director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, Sue Rahr is retiring. As she prepares for the “next chapter” of her life, her legacy of human-centered leadership will live on through retired WSP Captain Monica Alexander, a renowned law enforcement leader in her own right. Alexander will be stepping up as Interim Executive Director, training the new generation of “guardians of democracy.”
WSCJTC Sexual Assault Investigations Program Manager Jen Wallace is being recognized as one of the Trauma Resource Institute (TRI)'s Ambassadors of the Year for 2020. We are so proud of this accomplishment and are so honored to have her as part of our WSCJTC team. Read more about her commitment and passion for victim-centered trauma-informed investigative practices in the above link.
The Rule of Law: A Message to Staff and Recruits (January 11, 2021)
At WSCJTC, we are committed to holding true to our agency mission, vision, values, goals, and our training philosophy. Read this message from Executive Director Sue Rahr and Basic Training Commander Johnny Alexander regarding our allegiance to the rule of law.
Update to the Physical Ability Test (PAT) (January 7, 2021)
We have redeveloped the Physical Ability Test and process to more accurately reflect the physical requirements needed to reduce the possibility of injury during the Basic Law Enforcement Academy.
A Guardian- Both Philosopher and Warrior (October 30, 2020)
TAC Officer Scott Wells addresses BLEA Class 807 on their graduation day, providing words of encouragement as they work to be guardians in their respective communities, focused on humanity.
Courage to Lead, Courage to Listen (October 7, 2020)
TAC Officer Sergeant Tyler Graham addressed COA class 469 on their graduation date with a message on courage as they go forth in their corrections careers.
Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Project (September 29, 2020)
The Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission has been accepted into the Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Project, Georgetown University Law Center’s national training and support initiative for U.S. law enforcement agencies committed to building a culture of peer intervention that prevents harm.
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.
Recent News Mentions
Fatal police encounters in Washington fall to 5-year low (December 13, 2021)
Washington police divided on banning less-lethal ammunition under new law (September 7, 2021)
What new WA police accountability laws do and don’t do (July 29, 2021)
Families Impacted by Police Shootings Praise WA Reforms (April 28, 2021)
What Became Of The Legislature’s Big Plans For Police Reform? (April 27, 2021)
Eight big things the Washington State Legislature passed in 2021 (April 26, 2021)
Washington Law Enforcement Agencies Implement New Training Standards (April 15, 2021)
WA pushes beyond clearing sexual assault evidence kits (April 5, 2021)
Significant police reform on track in legislature (March 25, 2021)
Lawmakers in Olympia on verge of major policing overhaul (March 11, 2021)
Washington Senate approves police accountability bill (February 27, 2021)
Police reform in focus during first week of state Legislature (January 17, 2021)
Police 'Brain Training:' Neuroscience Tech Firm Rolls Out New App (November 3, 2020)
Police Departments Across Country Embrace Active Bystandership to Prevent Harm (September 29, 2020)
Inside Olympia - Sept. 24 (September 24, 2020)
Recent Protests Revive Push For WA To Speed Up Police Reform (August 25, 2020)
Three Newly Graduated Police Officers Enter A Whole New World (August 2, 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)
Stop Training Police Like They’re Joining the Military (June 10, 2020)