A Message from WSCJTC on House Bill 1310
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.
It is important that we highlight a few important points under HB 1310 . Below is a video of Scott Wells, our LETCSA De-Escalation Program Manager, explaining some of the bill’s verbiage and interpretation for new and incumbent law enforcement officers.
This video covers:
Definition of physical force
- CJTC’s position is: any technique or tactic that is reasonably likely to cause transient pain or injury
Definition of imminent threat as applied to the use of physical force and deadly force
- Imminent threat applied to physical force: Present and apparent opportunity, ability, and intent to immediately cause bodily injury to officer or another person
- Imminent threat applied to deadly force: Present and apparent opportunity, ability, and intent to immediately cause serious bodily injury or death
Circumstances in which an officer may use physical force under HB 1310:
- Imminent threat of bodily injury to officer or another person
- When necessary to prevent or protect against criminal conduct when an officer has probable cause to make an arrest
- To effect an arrest
- To prevent an escape
Officers lawful authority to compel or effect a Terry detention stop/ investigative detention under the Terry decision