Law Enforcement Training and Community Safety Act (LETCSA) Mandated Courses

In May 2017, Initiative 940 (I-940) was filed with the legislature in an effort to establish higher training requirements and police accountability standards. After filing for approval, the campaign officially began gathering public support. Led by De-Escalate Washington and the Puyallup Tribe, the goals of this campaign were to:

  • Require de-escalation and mental health training for law enforcement.
  • Require first aid training for law enforcement and require that they render first aid at the earliest safe opportunity to injured persons at a scene controlled by law enforcement.
  • Replace the requirement that “malice” must be proven in order to bring criminal charges to a law enforcement officer, with an objective “good faith standard”.
  • Require a completely independent investigation into officer involved uses of deadly force.
  • Require notification and involvement of the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs (GOIA) if a Tribal member is killed or injured in an officer involved use of deadly force.
  • Include community stakeholders from diverse groups in rulemaking discussions.

Following the passage of I-940 and SHB 1064, the legislation was renamed to the Law Enforcement Training and Community Safety Act (LETCSA). The Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC) began to work with named statutory stakeholders to create and adopt rules for new officer training requirements (WAC 139-11) and independent investigations criteria for officer involved uses of deadly force (WAC 139-12). These WACs have been adopted and are currently in effect.

Below are classes that have been developed by WSCJTC that were mandated by WAC 139-11

Course Name Course Number Description Cost

The Holocaust for Humanity Center and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) engage with law enforcement to examine the role of police in Nazi Germany, as a case study, and to reflect on the role of law enforcement in a democratic society today. Officers will learn to build more positive relationships with specific communities within areas they serve by understanding how biases and stereotypes negatively impacts police interactions with the public.

2192 Participants will demonstrate a variety of skills, such as threat recognition, prioritization and response, high risk handcuffing, legal authority and many others. No Fee

This course is a two-hour, fully online, and self-guided series that introduces the audience to the United States criminal legal system. We review incremental policy reforms happening across the United States in attempts to mitigate the negative outcomes related to criminal legal contact, particularly for people who are poor.