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Interim Spokane Police Chief Rick Dobrow abruptly announced his retirement on Friday, throwing more uncertainty in the leadership of the department. The change at the top gives the department its fifth top leader in five years.
Allegations about former Spokane police Chief Frank Straub’s behavior were known to officials in the city’s human resources and legal departments nearly two years ago, according to notes from members of the police department who were in leadership roles under Straub.
Spokane City Council members are calling for city and police leaders to show how two-week old move of the downtown police precinct will save the city money.
Interim Spokane police Chief Rick Dobrow remained tight-lipped Tuesday about his reasons for placing the leader of the downtown police precinct on leave, saying only that it was related to allegations of a “serious violation of policy.” Dobrow placed Capt. Brad Arleth on paid leave Monday after learning of an internal complaint made about Arleth last week, he said. The allegations against Arleth are not criminal, Dobrow said, and are not related to the ongoing criminal cases involving Sgt. Gordon Ennis, who is accused of raping a fellow officer at a party last fall, and Sgt. John Gately, who is accused of tipping off Ennis about the investigation.
A high-ranking Spokane police officer was placed on leave today pending an internal investigation. Capt. Brad Arleth, who runs the department’s downtown precinct, will be paid while on leave, said city spokesman Brian Coddington.
The turmoil in the top ranks of the Spokane Police Department continues as assistant chief Selby Smith has announced that he will retire at the end of the year.
The Spokane police department is no longer pursuing a plan to create decentralized police precincts but will continue staffing existing locations, interim Chief Rick Dobrow told the city’s Public Safety Committee on Monday.
City leaders have no plans to begin a search for a permanent police chief after the Tuesday ouster of Frank Straub, a move police reform advocates say is a mistake. Assistant Chief Rick Dobrow, a 21-year veteran of the Spokane Police Department, was appointed interim chief Tuesday. Though he doesn’t meet the minimum qualifications for the chief job, city officials say he’s well-positioned to rebuild trust with officers after Straub’s divisive management.
Grief and respect transcended borders Tuesday, as the annual event memorializing fallen Washington state law enforcement officers adopted a broader look at the job given recent events in Coeur d’Alene and elsewhere. “I was going to start this morning’s speech by paying tribute to the 126 law enforcement officers that lost their lives in the U.S. during 2014. I was then going to find a way, perhaps, to celebrate that none of those officers came from the great state of Washington,” said Spokane police Assistant Chief Rick Dobrow. “That was a brief, but very selfish thought. How could I possibly think of just Washington, when our brother in Idaho, Sgt. Greg Moore, gave his life just over a week ago?”
Spokane’s volunteer group Community Oriented Policing Services will move its headquarters out of the Public Safety Building this year, thanks to a city push to make the group more independent. For 2015, the group’s proposed contract with the city calls for COPS to manage its own leases, computers, utilities and other business expenses – expenses the city used to cover.
In Spokane, SWAT is no more. The police department has rebranded the decades-old team of officers trained in tactical response as the “Emergency Response Unit,” as it seeks to broaden the skills of team members. Assistant Chief Rick Dobrow, who leads the department’s operations, said the switch reflects the increased training in medical rescue and crisis management former SWAT team members will receive in the coming months.
Spokane’s new assistant police chief doesn’t meet the stated minimum qualifications for his new job. Rick Dobrow, who has served on the force for 20 years, was announced as the new assistant police chief on Monday.
Spokane’s new assistant police chief doesn’t meet the stated minimum qualifications for his new job.
Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub has officially named Rick Dobrow the new assistant chief of the force, according to a news release.
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.