The Spokane Police Department offers comprehensive training for both the community and law enforcement officers. In this section of the SPD website you will find information on public training opportunities as well as law enforcement training opportunities, most of which are held at our training center, the Spokane Police Academy.
Spokane Police Academy
2302 N. Waterworks, Spokane, WA 99212
Proper training for the men and women of the Spokane Police Department is a top priority for the Department. SPD holds mandatory, department-wide training four times throughout a given year in order to keep officers and other employees up to date on their knowledge and technique with the ultimate goal of protecting and serving citizens.
The largest block of instruction in SPD's most recent training session focused on behavioral health. Behavioral health training was provided by Dr. Matt Layton of the University of Washington and Jan Dobbs, of Frontier Mental Health.
This training also serves as a supplement to the training provided to the departments CIT (Crisis Intervention Training) officers. CIT officers are commissioned personnel given additional training in dealing with vulnerable populations. The CIT Program and training was instituted in 2001 and is updated with new and current information and techniques each year.
The training listed above, along with other relevant and important topics is revisited on a quarterly basis to ensure the best possible training for the men and women of the Spokane Police Department.
Below you will find a list of training opportunities and presentations for civilians offered by the Spokane Police Department. Registration for any course should be completed no later than 10 days prior to class. Check back frequently for upcoming dates. If you have any questions about any of the training or presentations listed below, please contact the Spokane Police Academy at 509.742.8100.
Police 101 is a basic introduction into the world of police decision making and use of force. Lasting between 2 and 4 hours, the course provides insight for civilians into the situations law enforcement officers encounter, and then explains the reasons behind police response. The class is designed as a facilitated discussion using videos and other examples to allow participants to interact in the process.
This class is easily modified and has been provided in school settings from the elementary to college level, as well as for private business and other community groups. This course can be taught at a workplace or business or held at the Spokane Police Academy, accommodating groups of up to 100 people. This program is provided as a community service and is free of charge.
The Enhancing the Survival Mindset Level 1 course offers women participants the opportunity to learn the basics of self-defense. The course consists of a classroom portion where participants will receive information on crime statistics, situational awareness, and survival mindset. Hands-on training introduces participants to defensive tactic techniques and places participants into realistic threat scenarios. A participant's survival mindset will determine the outcome of these scenarios. Attendees must be at least 17 years old with an adult family member present to participate. There is no charge for this class.
This is the next step in the reinforcement and development of the survival mindset. Women participants are exposed to approximately six new threat scenarios that will enhance your schemas for real life survival. Attendees must be at least 17 years old, with an adult family member present and must have completed Level 1 of Enhancing the Survival Mindset to participate. There is no charge for this class.
Upcoming class: October 30th, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Please fill out registration form.
Violence Prevention in the Workplace examines different workplace violence scenarios and how they can be resolved.
The course is facilitated by veteran Spokane police officers who have tactical experience in both active shooter and hostage situations. The instructors can also make suggestions for improvements to the physical security of participating work or business facilities. This course can be taught on location or at the Spokane Police Academy, accommodating groups up to 100 people. This class is provided as a service to the community and is free of charge.
The Personal Safety and Awareness class highlights techniques participants can use to be safer in their personal and professional environment. The material in this course is taken from the content of the Violence Prevention in the Workplace. The class lasts approximately one hour and is only recommended when your group or business cannot fit the longer Violence Prevention in the Workplace class into its training. This class is provided as a service to the community and is free of charge.
The Spokane Police Academy hosts numerous schools and classes for other organizations throughout the year. Below are several recent examples. If you are interested in the Spokane Police Academy hosting a course for your organization please call: 509.742.8100.