Media and Public Information

Media Inquiries

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


Helpful Resources

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.


Recent Announcements

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. 

Monica Alexander Appointed as Executive Director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (June 30, 2021)

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.” 

TRI Ambassador of the Year: Jen Wallace, WSCJTC Sexual Assault Investigations Program Manager (January 11, 2021)

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

Vancouver NAACP activist, police officer appointed to Washington criminal justice commission (December 30, 2021)

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)

State training commission adjusting to new demands from police accountability laws (September 1, 2021)

‘Legitimate issues that need to be addressed’ in new state policing laws (August 3, 2021)

Officers have 'duty to intervene' in excessive force incidents under new Washington law (July 29, 2021)

What new WA police accountability laws do and don’t do (July 29, 2021) 

'Cultural changes ahead' for police in Washington state, as controversial reform laws take effect (July 26, 2021)

New director of CJTC: ‘Long overdue’ that community, law enforcement work together (July 26, 2021)

Tukwila police now ask community reps to review use of force and hiring decisions  (July 20, 2021)

Policing bills passed by the 2021 Washington State Legislature (June 6, 2021) 

The future of policing in Edmonds: Part 3 — New state laws, new strategies will impact the way cops do their job (June 6, 2021) 

Deadly crisis calls drive police, community in search of new ways to respond (May 25, 2021)

An Inside Look At Washington State's Policing And Race Curriculum For Recruits (May 25, 2021)

A year after George Floyd’s murder, what’s changed in Washington state? (May 25, 2021)

How de-escalation training will change the future of policing in Washington (May 21, 2021) 

With new police reform measures now law, state training academy embraces approach (May 19, 2021)

Flanked by families, Inslee signs a dozen police reform bills into law (May 18, 2021)

Washington Law Enforcement Will Soon Be Required To Learn The History Of Race And Policing, Will It Be Enough To Spark Change? (May 11, 2021)

Thank you, Sue Rahr, for early leadership on police reform (May 9, 2021)

Protecting Life and Rebuilding Trust Through Police Reform (May 7, 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)

Outcry over deadly police encounters fuels successful legislative push in Washington (April 26, 2021)

With Derek Chauvin convicted, The Record looks at George Floyd's impact on Seattle (April 21, 2021)

Washington lawmakers OK proposal easing decertification of law enforcement officers (April 21, 2021)

Washington bill requiring police officers to intervene when they see use of force heads to governor (April 20, 2021)

Washington Law Enforcement Agencies Implement New Training Standards (April 15, 2021)

Washington rolling out 'History of Race and Policing' course for law enforcement (April 14, 2021)

WA pushes beyond clearing sexual assault evidence kits (April 5, 2021)

Significant police reform on track in legislature (March 25, 2021)

With the Washington Legislature halfway through its session, here’s where policing bills stand (March 15, 2021)

Ground-Breaking Police Accountability Bills Pass The House, Await Senate Consideration (March 12, 2021)

Lawmakers in Olympia on verge of major policing overhaul (March 11, 2021)

WA House passes ban on chokeholds; backs off complete ban on tear gas (March 1, 2021)

The State Senate passed a bill to overhaul the decertification process for police officers. Here’s what’s in it (February 27, 2021)

Washington Senate approves police accountability bill (February 27, 2021) 

Bill Requiring Police to Intervene When Another Officer Uses Excessive Force Passes State Senate (February 24, 2021)

The retiring and incoming directors of Washington’s training arm for peace officers talk policing (February 21, 2021)

Spokane activist Kurtis Robinson appointed to state law enforcement training commission (February 19, 2021) 

Former King County Sheriff: Amid calls for reform, ‘this is the best time to come into policing’ (February 18, 2021)

Police reform in focus during first week of state Legislature (January 17, 2021)

As Police Departments Outsource Officer Training to Save Money, Society May Be Paying the Price (November 20, 2020)

Police 'Brain Training:' Neuroscience Tech Firm Rolls Out New App (November 3, 2020)

Police Reform Bill Could Bring Washington To Forefront Of Accountability Movement (October 6, 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)

Washington To Teach All Officers To ‘Redefine Loyalty’ When Cops Break Rules (August 13, 2020)

Three Newly Graduated Police Officers Enter A Whole New World (August 2, 2020) 

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)

Stop Training Police Like They’re Joining the Military (June 10, 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)

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