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King Co. sheriff will lead state training

SEATTLE (AP) — The King County sheriff says she has accepted a new job as director of the Washington state Criminal Justice Training Commission.

Sue Rahr said Wednesday she'll retire as sheriff March 31 and begin her new job April 1.

She has designated Chief Deputy Steve Strachan as interim sheriff. He'll hold that position until the King County Council either decides to confirm him as interim sheriff or names someone else to the job.

Rahr was more than halfway through her second term, which expires in 2013.

She called the commission job “a rare and unexpected opportunity” and says she has complete confidence in Strachan.

The Criminal Justice Training Commission oversees the state's police training center in the Seattle suburb of Burien, where all police officers except state troopers undergo basic training. It also sets statewide training standards for peace officers.

German police officer trains with SPD

A police cadet from Germany recently spent four weeks training with the Spokane Police Department.

Jens Muth spent time with various units, including the SWAT team, drug unit and gang unit. Muth rode with officers during each patrol shift and also trained with the K-9 unit.

Muth's relationship with the department began four years ago when he was visiting friends in Spokane. He rode along with Officer Rob Boothe and stayed in contact with him.

Muth began his law enforcement career as a government attendant (wachpolizei) in 2002, said Officer Jennifer DeRuwe, SPD spokeswoman. By 2008, Muth was studying to become a police public official (kriminal kommissar). He was required to undergo three training sessions.

After learning basic skills, he was invited to spend four weeks with a police department in another country, so he contacted Boothe.  Assistant Chief Jim Nicks approved the internship, which began Jan. 22 and saw Muth live with a Spokane police employee's family.

Muth returned to Hessian, Germany, on Sunday after a “fantastic experience” in Spokane, DeRuwe said.

Sheriff’s Office stands by training

Facing the muzzle of a gun, a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy said he had one immediate thought: death.

Ryan Walter squeezed off eight rounds at the gunman, Donald J. Lafavor. His partner, Deputy Rustin Olson, fired three.

Lafavor survived the gunshot wounds and faces two counts of second-degree assault for allegedly pointing the gun at the deputies, who had responded to a domestic violence report at Lafavor’s Broadway Avenue apartment last November.

Afterward, Walter summarized his relief in an interview with investigators: “I’m glad we have good training.”

That training now is under scrutiny after four officer-involved shootings in the past 2  1/2 months in Spokane County. In three, sheriff’s deputies pulled the trigger.

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