Professional Development

WSLEA Supports Professional Development

WSLEA supports a variety of programs intended to benefit the law enforcement profession, including the following:


The Association sponsors Washington State Criminal Jwashington-state-criminal-justice-training-commissionustice Commission courses and seminars annually for certification of law enforcement officers to increase their knowledge, upgrade their skills and abilities, and promote professionalism. Topics range from specific technical training subjects to seminars which provide general information on current law enforcement topics.

The WSLEA Scholarship Committee has established a scholarship program for Law Enforcement Officers (Active and Reserve) wishing to pursue continuing education programs which are recognized by the Criminal Justice Training Commission.

 New course offerings

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 To Register for courses:

  • For an updated list of classes being offered, click on the link to the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission website.  CJTC.
  • Professional development courses are held throughout the state during the year for continuing education purposes.
  • The courses offered are Criminal Justice Training Commission Courses which means that all law enforcement personnel taking the classes receive full CJTC credits.

To apply for scholarship funds:

Click on the link, complete the application and mail to WSLEA Continuing Education Program, 6947 Coal Creek Pkwy SE, PMB 447, Newcastle, WA  98059.  Continuing Education Scholarship Application.

To receive an application, send an e-mail to and indicate your name, department and a contact phone number.  You can also call 1-800-227 WSLE(9753) or mail your request to: WSLEA Continuing Education Program, 6947 Coal Creek Pkwy SE, PMB 447, Newcastle, WA  98059.

PATC Training Bulletin

The Public Agency Training Council has a training schedule update including:

  • Mobile Device Investigations – September 21, 2018 – 9AM-11AM – WEBINAR
  • Veterans, Police Officers, and Communities in Crisis – September 24-25, 2018 – Sandy, UT
  • Proactive Leadership Skills: Fundamental Tools for Leading Your Team Forward – October 1-3, 2018 – Sandy, UT
  • 2.5 Day New Fire and Arson Investigator – October 3-5, 2018 – Sandy, UT
  • Cell Phone Technology – October 8-9, 2018 – Denver, CO
  • Managing the Property and Evidence Room – October 9-10, 2018 – Caldwell, ID
  • Field Training Officer – Leadership – October 9-11, 2018 – Mesa, AZ
  • The Science of Decision Making: Understanding Biases and Public Perception – October 22-23, 2018 – Flagstaff, AZ
  • Leadership Skills for Challenging Times – October 23-25, 2018 – Denver, CO
  • Hostage Negotiations and Crisis Intervention, Phase I and II – October 29-November 2, 2018 – Santa Fe, NM
  • 26th Western States Training Conference – November 26-30 & December 3-7, 2018 – Las Vegas, NV 26th Western States Training Conference
    • Internal Affairs Conference and Certification
    • Smartphone Forensics and Cellular Technology Certification +SMART
    • Practical Kinesic Interview and Interrogation Phase I and II
    • Forensic Pathology for Investigators
    • Detective and New Criminal Investigator
    • Investigation of Childhood Injury and Death
    • School Violence, Safety and Security Conference
    • Hostage/Crisis Negotiations – Phase I and II
    • New Fire and Arson Investigator Academy
    • Death and Homicide, Five Day
    • Use of Force
    • Court Security
    • Demonstrative Preparation from the Crime Scene to the Court Room
    • First Line Supervision: Leadership and Management Skills
  • Resiliency, Peer Support and Suicide Prevention – December 10-11, 2018 – Denver, CO
  • Interview and Interrogation for Investigators and Patrol Officers – December 10-11, 2018 – Bountiful, UT
  • School Resource Officer Training – December 12-23, 2018 – Bountiful, UT
  • Arson Scene Search and Evidence Recovery – December 17-18, 2018 – Sandy, UT
  • Crisis Communications: Managing a Critical Incident for Public Safety Dispatchers – January 9-10, 2019 – Bountiful, UT
  • Investigating Basic Sex Crimes – February 6-8, 2019 – Bountiful, UT

*All WEBINAR times listed are Pacific time zone

See the complete course schedules, course details, and registration information, including webinar training, at

Public Agency Training Council

Grant Alerts

COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program – Available amount: $3,000,000 over a period of 2 years.  If your organization is interested in this funding opportunity, see the program requirements.  Deadline June 27, 2018.  COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force Program

24th Annual NWGIA Training Symposium

WSLEA is once again a sponsor of the Northwest Gang Investigator Association’s 24th annual training conference for 2018, to be held in Spokane, WA May 14-18.  NWGIA represents law enforcement professionals investigating gang crimes and the implementation of prevention and intervention programs in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.  WSLEA has been a proud sponsor of NWGIA for the past five years.  For more information about NWGIA or the conference, visit

NWGIA sponsorship

HR-218 Qualification Shoot for Retired Law Enforcement Officers

WSLEA is a sponsor of the HR-218 qualification shoot for retired law enforcement officers.  The qualification is held at the Spokane Police Academy Range and is coordinated by Sgt. C. Crane, Range Master, and Robert T. Bro, Range assistant.  The shoot is open to any retired law enforcement officer, retired from any law enforcement agency, including Federal, State and Local.  WSLEA has been a proud sponsor for the past six years.  The 2018 shoot will be held on Tuesday, June 19th beginning at 0900.  To reserve a shooting time or for more information contact Bob Bro at or (509) 953-5066.  See the following for more information and registration.  2016 HR-218 Qualification, BLEA Firearm Training, Liability Waiver, and Retired Qualification.

The National Campus Safety Summit

Las Vegas – February 20-22, 2018

The National Campus Safety Summit is a three-day gathering of university police chiefs and emergency management directors from around the nation.  Keynotes include:

  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania’s police chief and the vice president of finance and administration will dissect two active shooter events that occurred during the 2014-2015 academic year in the opening keynote at the National Campus Safety Summit.
  • Working at the Crossroads of Campus Safety and Mental Health: Prioritizing Safety while Effectively Managing Student’s Emotional Well-Being.
  • Threading the Needle: Rights, Responsibilities and Risk Management.
  • Advanced Campus Protection Strategies & Data Driven Outcomes.
  • Meeting the Students in their World – A proactive and successful approach to direct and engaging discussion on safety, security, and sexual violence matters.
  • Building a Campus Coalition for Mental Health & Suicide Prevention.
  • Off Label Emergency Operations Centers; 10 Easy-to-do Hacks to Get Your EOC Ready.
  • Foreign National: What Law Enforcement Needs to Know.
  • Trading Places – Transitioning from Municipal to University Policing.
  • Consolidating Police Services at Three Higher-Education Campuses into One Unified Force.
  • Supporting LGBTQ+ Identified People as a Safety Leader.
  • How to Avoid a Title IX Litigation Landmine.
  • Terrorism: Thinking Globally, Reacting Locally.
  • Seeking First to Understand: A Progressive Look at Community Outreach.
  • Emerging Threats to Campus Safety.

Conference Schedule

Early bird registration ends September 15, 2017 so register now now to save.  Hotel is just $89 per night for a deluxe room at the conference hotel, Treasure Island Resort, at the center of the Las Vegas Strip.  Early bird registration is $999 (group) and $1,199 (standard).  Registration includes:

  • Three-day access to all learning sessions, workshops and roundtable discussions.
  • Gourmet hot breakfast on Days 1-3
  • Gourmet buffet lunch and afternoon refreshment breaks on Days 1-2
  • Badge, handbook, and program materials
  • Certificate of Completion

Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC)

MRSC is a nonprofit organization that helps local governments across Washington State better serve their citizens by providing legal and policy guidance on any topic.  MRSC serves all 281 cities and towns in Washington, all 39 counties, and hundreds of special purpose districts, state agencies, and other government partners.  Originally established in 1934 as the University of Washington Bureau of Governmental Research, MRSC has operated as a private nonprofit since 1969.

Workshop: Public Records Act Essentials Plus

  • Spokane:  Tuesday, March 27, 2018 – 9am-3:30pm
  • Pasco:  Wednesday, March 28, 2018 – 9am-3:30pm
  • Marysville:  Tuesday, April 3, 2018 – 9:30am-4pm
  • Lacey:  Wednesday, April 4, 2018 – 9am-3:30pm


Speakers: Jim Doherty (MRSC), Flannery Collins (MRSC) and Morgan Damerow (Assistant Attorney General, Local Government Consultation Program).

This full-day, in-person training will cover the essentials of the Public Records Act (PRA),  then move to more advanced PRA guidance and practical tips that will help local government agency staff manage and complete public records requests.

This course meets Open Government Training Act requirements and, pending approval, meets WAPRO certification requirements.  The training also offers 5.0 hours of CLE (legal) credit from the WA State Bar Association.


See for more information.

Western States Hostage Negotiators’ Associations 32nd Annual Training Seminar

April 29, 2018 – Evening Registration & Networking

April 30 – May 2, 2018 – Training Seminar

May 3, 2018 – Annual HNT Competition

Information at, to include Registration, Hotel Rooms at Atlantis Resort &  Conference Center in Reno, NV, at $102.00/night (no resort fee), Presenter’s Bios, Presentation Synopsis, & Event Schedule.

The goal of the association is to develop in members a higher degree of proficiency in the performance of their professional duties.  The association shall provide training for members, and the association shall act as a resource and conduit for information sharing.  WSHNA represents police & corrections crisis negotiators from Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon & Washington.