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UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019, 4:17 p.m.

New tool offers public a way to analyze police use of force

An interactive use-of-force dashboard was launched on Tuesday on the Office of Police Ombudsman’s website.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, 9:25 p.m.

Children are back in school, so slow down and be safe

Spokane drivers will have at least 30,000 reasons to ease up on the gas pedal Thursday morning. That’s how many students will be walking, driving, busing and perhaps even skateboarding …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 9:52 p.m.

Spokane Mayor David Condon, police Chief Craig Meidl say state Rep. Matt Shea is unfit for office

Spokane’s police chief and mayor have declared state Rep. Matt Shea unfit for office after leaked emails revealed the Spokane Valley lawmaker sought to conduct surveillance on local progressive leaders …


UPDATED: Sun., July 28, 2019, 12:46 p.m.

Historians persuade Spokane police to correct error on their uniforms – date of department’s founding

Spokane police patches and badges sport the date 1884, but a town marshal, Eugene Hyde, was on duty three years previously. It’s taken a dedicated band of historians, including the …


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 9:40 p.m.

Spokane council members suggest moving police precinct back to heart of downtown

Four years after the city of Spokane moved its downtown police precinct away from the Spokane Transit Authority’s headquarters, City Council may explore the feasibility of bringing a precinct back …


Shawn Vestal: Spokane Police Guild demand to exclude ombudsman from officer misconduct investigation should be rejected clearly

If Mayor David Condon doesn’t reject a Spokane Police Guild demand to exclude the police ombudsman from an investigation, he’ll render the ombudsman system meaningless


Shawn Vestal: It may not seem like it, but crime in Spokane is down

Would it surprise you to know that crime in Spokane – and crime downtown, in particular – is down significantly so far this year?


Behind the divide on bail reform, frustration over ‘revolving door’

Some activists say cash bail creates a two-tiered justice system in which poor defendants remain locked up before trial, while rich ones can pay to get out. Spokane County Sheriff …


Spokane City Council members seek arrest footage, reject nondisclosure agreement

Members of the Spokane City Council will not sign a nondisclosure agreement requested by the Spokane Police Guild before they review footage of an arrest in February that the agency’s …


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 9:04 p.m.

Spokane police chief elected president of state sheriffs, police chiefs association

Spokane police Chief Craig Meidl will head a statewide group of Washington’s police and sheriff department leaders.


New law allows supervision of car thieves after prison release

City officials notched a legislative victory Tuesday after some three years of lobbying, and hope it will translate into a victory in a fight against car theft.


Supervision program approved by Washington Legislature will try to stop career car thieves

House gives final approval to program that could send career car thieves down a better road after they get out of prison.


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 9:35 p.m.

Spokane officials urge lawmakers to keep track of career car thieves – especially the ‘Top 25’

Spokane officials make another pitch for a state program to provide for tighter supervision of auto thieves after they leave prison.


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 …