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
Human Resources Inquiries
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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.
2022-2024 Strategic Plan (March 10, 2022)
The seven goals highlighted in our 2022-2024 Strategic Plan are reflective of continuous advancement toward accomplishing the noble mission of building a culture that institutionalizes our philosophy of serving our community as ‘Guardians.’
State of the WSCJTC: WATCH HERE (March 10, 2022)
Watch as Executive Director Monica Alexander updates stakeholders on the progress of the commission over the past year, the challenges we face in implementing new statewide laws, and the opening of greater transparency and communications from the Commission.
Enlightening Conversations : Community Policing As The Focus (March 7, 2022)
In this brand new series in partnership with the Seattle Police Department, we are examining current and future policing strategies through honest, transparent, and "enlightening conversations."
To start our dialogues, WSCJTC Executive Director Monica Alexander and newly retired Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenberg met to discuss successful careers in effective community policing.
WSCJTC Canine Model Policy (December 28, 2021)
The purpose of this policy is to set best practices for canine handlers in Washington state pursuant to Chapter 320, Laws of 2021 (ESHB 1054). Making our communities safer, reducing violence, and preserving lives must be at the forefront of all law enforcement work, including the use of police canines.
WSCJTC Duty to Intervene Model Policy (December 1, 2021)
The purpose of this policy is to establish clear guidelines, provisions, and actions for any on-duty peace officer to intervene in the event there is knowledge and/or witnessed excessive use of force or wrongdoing committed by another peace officer.
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.
Recent News Mentions
SPD Provides Duty to Intervene Training (June 15, 2022)
New WA police accountability law can now include past misconduct (March 31, 2022)
House Passes Bills To Clarify Police Reform Laws (January 31, 2022)
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)