LETCSA Overview

The Law Enforcement Training and Community Safety Act (LETCSA, formerly known as I-940 or SHB 1064) has been signed into law by the Governor and is now in the hands of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. The Commission must create and adopt “rules” to establish training requirements (including first aid) and establish criteria for independent investigations of deadly force.

If you would like to be placed on our distribution list and receive updates on LETCSA, please email Alex Buijs.

Program Staff

Dan Christman, LETCSA Program Manager
(206) 835-7369
dchristman@cjtc.wa.gov

Jerrell Wills, LETCSA In-service and Patrol Tactics Program Manager
(206) 835-7365
jwills@cjtc.wa.gov

Alex Buijs, LETCSA Program Specialist
(206) 835-7366
abuijs@cjtc.wa.gov

 

Investigations Criteria Overview

Academy staff has already begun to tackle the challenge of establishing criteria for independent investigations of deadly force. Two experienced retired investigators are researching best practices from around the nation. They will be soon be joined by several additional experienced investigators from across the state as well as civilian oversight experts to collaborate on what the rules are going to look like. Because the Commission will have more time on the topic of investigations, there will be ample opportunity to develop draft rules, and adjust and improve as additional input is received from the public. All public input will be shared with the Commissioners as it is received before they must adopt rules by December 6th.

Community and stakeholder participation is critical to develop and deliver these rules. The Commission staff has asked community organizations to host public forums across the state on investigations criteria. After these forums, it will be the responsibility of the organization to submit the input to Commission staff to be presented to the Commissioners.

 

De-escalation Training Overview

The environment of policing has become increasingly dangerous and complex due a variety of factors, including untreated mental illness, addiction disease, and the breakdown of community institutions. Additional training in de-escalation and less lethal tools are necessary to reduce deadly police encounters, save lives, and improve public trust and confidence in the police.

De-Escalation training incorporates three critical principles of police tactics to give officers the best options to resolve dangerous situations – time, distance, and shielding.  When officers are far enough away from a person armed with a deadly object to avoid injury, can take cover from potential gunfire, and have time to verbally engage, they have the opportunity to diffuse and change the trajectory of a volatile situation.  Effective de-escalation requires not only effective patrol tactics, but also knowledge about mental illness, communication techniques, and human psychology.

Since 1974 the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, comprised of 14 Governor appointed Commissioners, has had the authority to establish standards and provide training to peace officers and other criminal justice professionals.  The Commission provides 720 hours of mandated basic training to every police officer in the state, which includes de-escalation and crisis intervention training.  Now, the Commission is developing enhanced de-escalation and less lethal alternatives to train new officers and officers who have been in the field for any number of years.

 

What is Next?

WSCJTC has created a webform where individuals are able to provide input electronically regarding the Investigations Criteria outlined in RCW 10.114.010 and RCW 43.101.455. This is the best method to submit comment as it consolidates information for review by WSCJTC personnel. If you would like to submit anonymous input, please click here for more information.

 

Upcoming Commission Meetings


Thursday, September 12, 2019
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
WSCJTC, Room C-122
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148


Tuesday, November 26, 2019
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
WSCJTC, Room C-122
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148


Friday, December 6, 2019
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
WSCJTC, Room C-122
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148

 

Upcoming Community Forums

Commission staff have asked statutorily named stakeholders in RCW 43.101.455 to host community forums across Washington State to gather input on independent investigations criteria. When notified and scheduled, Commission staff will be posting those meetings. If you have any questions, please email Alex Buijs at abuijs@cjtc.wa.gov.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Asia Pacific Cultural Center
4851 South Tacoma Way
Tacoma, WA 98409
Event Contact: Leslie Cushman leslie.cushman.olympia@gmail.com
This is a public forum hosted by Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, Asian Pacific Islander Coalition Pierce County, Puyallup Tribe, Commission on African American Affairs, and Not This Time

Thursday, September 12, 2019
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Kent Senior Activity Center600 East Smith Street
Kent, WA 98030
Event Contact: Leslie Cushman leslie.cushman.olympia@gmail.com
This is public forum hosted by Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, Commission on African American Affairs, and King County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Monday, September 16, 20195:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Lake Burien Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall
15003 14th Avenue Southwest
Burien, WA 98166
Event Contact: Leslie Cushman leslie.cushman.olympia@gmail.com
This is a public forum hosted by Pacific Islander Community Association and Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

   

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
West Central Community Center
1603 North Belt Street
Spokane, WA, 99205
Event Contact: Leslie Cushman leslie.cushman.olympia@gmail.com 
This is a public forum hosted by National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

Tuesday, September 24, 20195:30 to 7:30 PM
Bridgeview Resource Center
505 Omaha Way
Vancouver, WA 98661
Event Contact: Leslie Cushman leslie.cushman.olympia@gmail.com
This is a public forum hosted by National Alliance on Mental Illness and Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Asian Counseling and Referral Service Gymnasium
3639 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South
Seattle, WA 98144
Event Contact: Leslie Cushman leslie.cushman.olympia@gmail.com 
This is a public forum hosted by Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, Asian Pacific Islander Coalition King County, and Not This Time

Thursday, September 26, 2019
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Comprehensive Healthcare Auditorium
402 South 4th Avenue
Yakima, WA 98902
Event Contact: Leslie Cushman leslie.cushman.olympia@gmail.com
This is a public forum hosted by Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

Thursday, October 3, 2019
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Tacoma Community College
6501 South 19th Street
Tacoma, WA 98466
Event Contact: Leslie Cushman leslie.cushman.olympia@gmail.com 
This is a public forum hosted by Commission on African American Affairs

Resources

The following documents are available for more information on LETCSA.

WAC 139-11 Concise Explanatory Statement

Next Steps for I-940 - HB 1064

I-940 Training Requirements and Current BLEA Curriculum

Cognitive Command Training Program (C2)

First Draft WAC Rules

Second Draft WAC Rules (WAC 139-11)

Final Draft WAC Rules (WAC 139-11)

Organizations Accepting Anonymous Input

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