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Overview of Community Police Academy Training Class by Loralee Deshazor

Saturday, I attended a one day Community Police Academy Training Class and I am going to give you an overview of that class.  It covered :


The Constitutional Laws that govern police actions and decision.  That includes:

  • Constitutional Rights
  • Federal Laws
  • State Constitution
  • RCW (Regulatory Code of the State of Washington)
  • Seattle Municipal Code
  • Police Policy.

That is a whole lot to learn.  And it is something that a cop has to keep in mind and review constantly.


How the precincts are set up and dispatched.  The equipment that a cop carries or packs.   Typically, they wear 30 pounds or more including the Kevlar vests.


We were able to tour the van and take a close look at the suit they wear and the robots they use.


An overview of the training each dog and handler has to go thru plus the mandatory testing that is required before to dog and handler can be certified.


This was, for me, a sobering experience.  The simulator is interactive and employs Glocks that are modified to use laser lights and not bullets.  During my sim, after attempted to get the subject to drop the knife,  I had about a second  to make the shoot/don’t shoot decision.

  • New recruits go thru initial testing for 3 – 6 months
  • Attend the Police Academy for 5 1/2 months
  • Post duty 6 weeks
  • Fields Training 3 1/2 months
  • Probation for 1 year

The DOJ and SPD agreed to a list of ‘markers’ that SPD would have to meet and that will be done sometime this summer.  At that point, the DOJ will begin a 2 year monitor of SPD and then the oversight will end.

The class was given at the Police shooting range in Tukwila.  SPD did a very good job of putting that class together and I found it well worth my time.  They also offer a more in depth Community training class that is an 11 week course, 4 hours a week in the evening.  They have a spring course and a fall course for those that are interested.  This class gave me a better understanding and a healthy respect for our police officers.


Community Emergency Communications Hubs Mtg, Kirke Park, 6/20

Community Emergency Communications Meeting  at Kirke Park P-Patch on June 20th. Everyone is welcome to attend to find out about this program.

From the City: “The Seattle Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the P-Patch Community Gardening Program to designate all P-Patch Gardens as gathering places during an emergency (Community Emergency Hubs.)

“What is a P-Patch Community Emergency Hub and How Might I Participate?”

7028 9th Ave. NW, Seattle, WA, 98117
9th Ave NW & NW 73rd St.
Tuesday June 20th, 2017
6:30PM – 8 PM

For questions, feel free to contact P-Patch Staff member OEM Liaison Julie Bryan at: , phone: 206-684-0540, or Seattle OEM Community Planning Coordinator Debbie Goetz at:, phone: 206-684-0517.”

Spring meeting 5/31, 7-8:30pm, Ballard Church

Please join Whittier Heights Community Council for a spring meeting on Weds., 5/31, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Ballard Church, 1460 NW 73rd St. We need neighbors to participate! In addition to a raffle for a Barking Dog Alehouse gift certificate, highlights include:

  • Baker Park expansion and redesign is finally underway! A meeting at the park was held on May 20. The Seattle Parks & Rec project manager will be at our meeting to seek your input to the design of this improved park.
  • Plan for electing/re-electing WHCC officers.
  • Neighborhood annual garage sale Sat., 6/3.
  • Committee updates: Neighborhood Events, Growth & Development, Traffic & Pedestrian Safety, Crime Prevention.
  • Neighborhood growth updates.
  • Summer neighborhood events.
  • Discuss how to get more neighbors engaged!

Please participate! We’re only a neighborhood community to the extent that each of us engage in it! 5/31/17 meeting agenda Continue reading Spring meeting 5/31, 7-8:30pm, Ballard Church

Meeting tonight, 10/17, 7:00-9:00 p.m,

TONIGHT: Please come to Whittier Heights Community Council’s fall meeting tonight, Monday, Oct. 17th, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Ballard Church (1460 NW 73rd St.). From 7:00-8:00 p.m., City Councilmember Mike O’Brien will be there for a Q&A to talk with us about our community’s interests and concerns. 

After 8:00 p.m., Whittier residents and businesses owners will discuss the newly released Crown Hill Urban Village map and how it impacts our neighborhood. We’ll also provide an update on our community council committees formed in January. Please see the Crown Hill Urban Village Smart Growth Committee’s website for details: New Crown Hill Urban Village map

10/15 Find It, Fix It Walk postponed 

Saturday’s Find It, Fix It Walk with the Mayor is postponed. Here’s a message from the City staff who are organizing the walk:

“Due to a severe weather forecast for this coming Saturday, October 15, and out of an abundance of caution, the Crown Hill / Whittier Heights Find It, Fix It Walk will be postponed until a later date.Safety is the number one priority in this decision. Both with City staff needed for emergency response efforts and potential dangers facing neighbors, a walk on Saturday would not provide the opportunity you deserve to voice your concerns.”
Stay tuned. Whittier Heights Community Council and the Crown Hill Committee for Smart Growth are coordinating the walk with the City, and will keep you posted in a new date. Please check our websites for updates: WHCC and CHUV-CSG.