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UPDATED: Thu., July 12, 2018, 10:33 p.m.

Spokane Police Guild president says Councilman Breean Beggs falsely represented union comments

The president of the union representing Spokane’s police brass pushed back Thursday on comments made by Councilman Breean Beggs about a proposal that would allow the city to post some …


UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018, 1:09 p.m.

Wanted: Trust in Spokane police force

It was January 2016, and Spokane police Officer Chris McMurtrey had a man in his cruiser who he had arrested in a domestic violence case. The man taunted and threatened …


UPDATED: Mon., March 26, 2018, 12:18 p.m.

Overtime glut: Spokane City employees earned nearly $12 million after hours last year

The amount was the highest its been in the past five years, which city officials attributed to retirements, labor contract requirements and other demands of the job.


In wake of Ennis trial, city leaders say progress within police department is ongoing

Two days after a jury convicted a former police officer of rape, city leaders said there’s work to be done to reform the department.


Spokane could be site of special program to reduce vehicle crimes

Spokane officials ask House committee to back a special program to have special supervision of car thieves after they’re released from prison.


Shawn Vestal: Spokane police Chief Craig Meidl has defied the fears of his critics to become a model leader

If Craig Meidl’s first 13 months as police chief are any indication, he has done more than rise above the lowest expectations of his doubters. He’s acting like the kind …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 6:56 p.m.

Mayor, police chief lament lack of Justice Department report on police reforms, tout work in the department

Mayor David Condon said Wednesday his appeal earlier this fall to the Trump administration to release a report highlighting the Spokane Police Department’s reform efforts sought to highlight the city’s …


Spokane police chief, ombudsman say they want to rewrite use-of-force policy

Spokane, unlike other municipalities, is vague in its application of less-than-lethal tactics as laid out in the police department’s Use of Force Policy, Logue said. Specifically, there’s little clarity in …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 10:21 p.m.

Community leaders denounce racism and violence following Sunday hate crime

In response to a violent hate crime Sunday in north Spokane, prominent community leaders gathered Wednesday morning to denounce racism and hate.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 11:08 p.m.

Spokane police and fire chiefs push back on sheriff’s criticism of North Monroe project

Spokane’s police and fire chiefs said they are united in their support of a street renovation project on North Monroe Street, and do not share Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s concern that …


Mayor, City Council consider adding 10 Spokane police officers in 2018

The salaries of the new hires, which could bring the ranks of the Spokane Police Department to 325 commissioned officers, will be paid for through a combination of grant money …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 6:51 p.m.

Sheriff’s Office recommends three domestic violence charges against Spokane police officer

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is recommending that prosecutors to refile a charge of domestic violence assault against a Spokane police officer in a case that was dismissed in July.


UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017, 10:33 p.m.

Lt. Tracie Meidl promoted to lead Spokane’s south precinct following brief stint in IA

Spokane police Chief Craig Meidl confirmed command staff changes that promote Lt. Tracie Meidl, his wife, to head the city’s south precinct later this summer. Craig Meidl was not involved …


City Council seeks more control of how Police Department uses seized funds

The panel is set to vote on a bill Monday that will put the spending of money seized from suspected criminals under their authority and require regular public reports.


UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017, 10:41 p.m.

New tax on sodas could be Spokane City Council’s answer to police staffing woes

Mayor David Condon said the city has recruited 29 new police officers over the past several years in response to a cultural audit that found many Spokane police personnel felt …


UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017, 10:39 p.m.

Culture audit: Spokane Police say they need more officers, stable leadership

Participants in a culture audit conducted by researchers at Gonzaga University say the Spokane Police Department needs additional resources and a steady hand at the wheel to operate efficiently. The …


UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017, 8:53 a.m.

Political infighting between Spokane police, prosecutors, medical examiner leaves death investigations unsolved

A unusual dispute between investigators, prosecutors and the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s office regarding the findings of a 2012 autopsy has allowed a man linked to two Spokane killings to …


Police Chief Craig Meidl’s wife will lead Internal Affairs amid command staff changes

Newly appointed police Chief Craig Meidl said he needs to rotate his top officers through different roles to ensure they’re well-rounded and experienced in different administrative tasks. His wife, Lt. …


New Chief Craig Meidl, Councilman Breean Beggs say Spokane should hire consultant to mend police-community relations

With some tension still looming over the Spokane Police Department, city officials want to hire a consultant to facilitate “a formal process for reconciliation” with the community.


Craig Meidl gets City Council’s confirmation, will lead Spokane Police Department

After his initial appointment by Mayor David Condon caused a rift with the City Council, a majority voted Monday to confirm Craig Meidl as Spokane’s permanent police chief following the …


Condon, City Council clash over mayor’s hiring/firing powers

The recent show of good faith between a City Council critical of human resources debacles and a reinvigorated Mayor David Condon could be sidetracked by a lingering dispute from the …


Mayor David Condon picks Craig Meidl to be Spokane police chief – again

Unless the City Council pushes for a third round of finalist appearances, Craig Meidl will be Spokane’s next police chief.


Doug Clark: Mayor should abandon his fix-is-in pick for chief, Craig Meidl

Tuesday night found me parked in the West Central Community Center gymnasium to watch the latest episode of Spokane’s seemingly endless game show… “Who Gets to be Police Chief?”


Spokane police chief candidates address department culture in forum

Four candidates to become Spokane’s police chief answered questions from media and from the public on Tuesday.


Mayor David Condon’s 2017 budget calls for 16 percent increase in spending and shift of police resources to property crimes

Spokane has the highest property-crime rate among Washington’s largest cities, a problem Mayor David Condon wants to address by moving police from patrol and traffic to investigations.


Spokane releases new batch of finalists for police chief; names include finalists from last list

Spokane has announced the finalists for the top police position. They are John Bruce of Frisco, Texas, Robert “Bob” Lehner of Elk Grove, Calif., Craig Meidl the interim police chief, …


Mayor David Condon faces first test in recall showdown on Tuesday

Washington Laws make it more difficult than elsewhere to recall an elected official. Armed with an independent report on Mayor David Condon’s handling of turmoil in the Police Department, petitioner …


Looking Back: Opinions from past add perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. No zoning, Sept., 1, 1926


City Council lays out timeline for new police chief search

The Spokane City Council is asking Mayor David Condon to name a new police chief appointment by Sept. 30. The process requested by the council would place police Capt. Brad …


Editorial: Calm prevails in police search

Fortunately, a compromise was forged between the mayor and two councilmembers, Lori Kinnear and Breean Beggs, who asked for more time to bring in candidates. The mayor agreed to that …