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Police trainer arrested in fight gets no jail time

A Spokane Police Department consultant cited for two counts of assault after a fight in the Davenport Hotel bar in May will not serve jail time under a plea deal approved this week.

Straub: Police reorganization a necessary ‘series of changes’

Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub this month launched his second major reorganization of the police department this year and said he may not be done making changes. “I’m not going to lock into anything,” Straub said in an interview last week. “I can’t. We have to get the right people in the right places.”

Spokane Police Department gains state accreditation, will reopen training academy

In what Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub called a “major step,” the city’s police department has gained accreditation with the state and will reopen its training academy. “We are becoming, every day, a better and better police department,” Straub said Thursday, flanked by Mayor David Condon, Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenberg and Sue Rahr, head of the state’s Criminal Justice Training Commission.

Police youth consultant accused of getting into fight at Davenport Hotel

A consultant hired by the Spokane Police Department told people in the Davenport Tower Safari Lounge on Sunday that he was with the department, and repeatedly called a woman a “ho” during a confrontation, police documents say. Paul Lewis, 51, a trainer with the Boston-based North American Family Institute, was in town to oversee the police department’s Youth and Police Initiative program that works to create relationships between police and at-risk youth.

Spokane police consultant thrown out of downtown hotel

A consultant hired by the Spokane Police Department told people in the Davenport Tower Safari Lounge on Sunday that he was with the department, and repeatedly called a woman a “ho” during a confrontation.

Sheriff, Spokane Police Department hard-pressed to keep up staffing levels

When police detectives and public information officers are told to put on a uniform and hit the streets in a patrol car, it’s evident that staffing levels are a concern. Both the Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office are hiring as quickly as they can, but they’re held back by the 18 months it takes to get a new recruit on the streets and a single police academy in the state that hasn’t expanded its class sizes in years.

Spokane man shot dead by police had drug-use history

A 30-year-old man shot and killed by Spokane police outside a home in northwest Spokane on Wednesday night had a history of drug use and was barred from owning a gun because of his criminal history, according to records. Stephen C. Corkery was identified by the Spokane County medical examiner as the man shot multiple times following a standoff around 7 p.m. Wednesday. Corkery was armed with a gun when he walked out of a single-story structure and refused commands to disarm, according to police.

Spokane police Chief Frank Straub gets candid about cameras

Law enforcement in Spokane County is about to enter a new era in which almost all interactions between officers and citizens will be recorded. It’s an era sparked in Spokane largely by concern over officer misconduct and a federal trial of an officer that ended in his prison sentence. Still, experts say recording will help police by gathering evidence and protecting them from false accusations.

Red-light money left alone

Money from red-light camera tickets still must be used only on traffic safety projects. The Spokane City Council on Monday voted 4-1 to reject a proposal that would have removed restrictions on how red-light revenue is spent.

Capt. Rick Dobrow is Chief Straub’s top candidate for assistant police chief

Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub’s top candidate to be assistant police chief is an internal candidate. City Councilman Jon Snyder, the chairman of the city’s public safety committee, said Friday that Straub’s choice is Capt. Rick Dobrow. Dobrow started work as a police officer in Stockton, Calif. in 1982, according to a department newsletter. He joined the Spokane force in 1994. Dobrow was given the department’s purple heart award after a serious motorcycle crash in September 2006. Assistant Police Chief Craig Meidl informed Straub last week that he was stepping down and wanted to return to being a lieutenant.

Job shuffle leaves top police positions vacant

A shakeup in the Spokane Police Department has left three top jobs vacant and no uniformed officers within much of the command staff. The latest change came Wednesday when the department’s second-highest ranking officer, Assistant Chief Craig Meidl, notified Chief Frank Straub that he was stepping down from the command staff to return to a civil service position as a lieutenant.

Police credit public help in bank robbery arrests

A tip from a confidential source led police to a quartet of suspects in a pair of Garland neighborhood bank robberies during the past month. The four men were booked into Spokane County Jail on Friday and face charges of armed robbery stemming from incidents at a U.S. Bank branch Dec. 20 and a Washington Trust Bank location Jan. 3. Witnesses said in each robbery one man directed others to swipe cash from drawers and warned employees not to trigger alarms. Two robbers hit the U.S. Bank, while four were suspected of pulling off the Washington Trust Bank job.

2013 Spokane County homicide numbers hold steady

In a year that saw violent crime dip more than 8 percent citywide, according to Spokane police records, the number of homicides in Spokane County remained on par with 2012. The 12 cases that made up the 2013 homicide caseload marked an average year for Spokane going back to 1985, the first year the FBI began collecting local homicide statistics. A spike in homicides in the late 1990s was countered by a decline in the late 2000s, leaving Spokane with an average 11 homicides per year since the mid-1980s.

Spokane city-county dispatch systems outdated, sheriff says

Computer equipment used to dispatch law-enforcement officers in Spokane County is 20 to 25 years old. Replacing that equipment with a 21st-century computer system cannot happen soon enough, as far as Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is concerned.

Spokane mayor, chief rally behind ombudsman proposal

Mayor David Condon and police Chief Frank Straub continued their pitch Wednesday for an independent oversight plan they say would make Spokane a regional model in law enforcement transparency. But the head of the labor union representing Spokane police officers declined to endorse the plan, nor would he offer any assurances that it wouldn’t be the target of a legal challenge if approved by the City Council.