No public input was allowed other than specific reports from corrections officials. It was a bi-annual meeting of the Training Commissioners. This meeting had been proposed for two months. The next one will be in December.
The Commissioners, Director, and Reporting officers were prepared in their reports and courteous in discussion.
Director Sue Rahr gave a report that described the campus closing and all courses going on line with great IT making it happen and many of their strategies will continue after the pandemic. She said the last 6 months were the most challenging she had known at the Training Commission. They kept the conveyer belt going with three graduating classes with 242 recruits. Six TAC Officers wanted discussions on race and make that happen. They had modified graduation on site with live stream. Graduation is scheduled every 4 weeks. No other academy in the nation turned around their courses as soon in response to the Covid pandemic. She reported that leadership training in Washington was on line and accessible. She stated that the de-escalation of a situation is 90% of Patrol Tactics. She said the Commission’s budget will be reduced by 15%, but people are still hiring police, so there will be no slow down.
Corrections Training of officers will increase with a view toward certification.
The Mayor of Pe Ell wanted a variance for their Marshal to be granted training without taking it for budget reasons. It was not granted.
Canine Certification requested an opening for a member chief officer.
The Decertification Hearings Panel appointed a new panel member.
The first report of the Law Enforcement Training and Community Safety Act was given. The Commission had to approve the forms for this Act of Best Practices, First Aid Guidelines and Conflict of Interest. They approved them.
Todd Mielke gave a report for Spokane County Sheriff’s Office to have a 720 hour pilot program for Training equivalent to CJTC which they would pay for. He stated they have a drop out rate of recruits after certification and during field training. Also, this state provides out of state equivalency which is often very low on training. Discussion followed and was largely against the pilot. The request was denied. Director Rahr said they would look at the out of state equivalency.
There was a discussion of systemic structures for officer misbehavior on all levels.
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