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Police association supports chief appointment

A union for the city’s police brass released a statement Wednesday supporting the appointment of Craig Meidl as the department’s new chief. The Lieutenants and Captains Association’s statement cited Meidl’s …


Doug Clark: Condon’s police chief pick is beyond a blunder – it’s egregious

Craig Meidl, Spokane Mayor David Condon’s ambush appointment for police chief, is now really, really sorry for being one of the four dozen SPD goons who, in 2011, saluted convicted …


New police chief Meidl offers salute apology, says he wants council confirmation

In an interview Tuesday, newly-appointed Spokane police Chief Craig Meidl offered an apology to the community for saluting Karl Thompson, the officer convicted of civil rights violations in the death …


Council members challenge mayor’s authority to name police chief without vote

Mayor David Condon will not immediately seek a confirmation vote for Craig Meidl, his choice to head the Spokane Police Department. Some city council members said not holding a hearing …


Mayor Condon selects Assistant Chief Craig Meidl to lead Spokane Police Department

Spokane Mayor David Condon bypassed all the candidates to be the next Spokane Police chief and selected Assistant Chief Craig Meidl to lead the department. The surprise announcement means Condon …


Spokane police officials elevated to temporary command structure

The Spokane Police Department received a new, but possibly temporary, command structure this month as it waits for the selection of new police chief.


Shawn Vestal: New Spokane NAACP president Phillip Tyler proving to be a leader who listens

New leader of Spokane NAACP is bringing a fresh and effective style during tumultuous times.


Hundreds mourn lost civilian, police lives at Black Lives Matter rally in Spokane

Black lives matter. Blue lives matter. Everyone’s life matters.


Council president says Spokane Police Department has too many nonunion top jobs

The next Spokane police chief may not have the same ability as former Chief Frank Straub to hire and fire top staff if a proposal by City Council President Ben …



Former Spokane Police Guild president now on paid leave

The former Spokane Police Guild president accused of aiding a fellow officer charged with rape will remain on paid leave pending the outcome of a misdemeanor criminal case against him.


Unexpected cash infusion helps Spokane fight auto theft, property crime

Spokane law enforcement got a $300,000 surprise in 2016 state budget, money to fight property crimes.


Downtown Spokane police captain suspended over used office furniture dispute

An internal investigation into a Spokane Police Department’s captain showed concerns over moving furniture from the downtown precinct came from city administrators.


No police chief search in works; Dobrow named as interim

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. …


Hillyard home to new police precinct

Residents in the Hillyard neighborhood won’t need long to learn that the head of the new North Police Precinct, Capt. Craig Meidl, is friendly and has a sense of humor. …


Spokane opens Hillyard police precinct

Residents in the Hillyard neighborhood won’t need long to learn that the head of the new North Police Precinct, Capt. Craig Meidl, is friendly and has a sense of humor. …


Rick Dobrow, new Spokane police assistant chief, doesn’t meet qualifications

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 …


Rick Dobrow named assistant Spokane police chief

Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub has officially named Rick Dobrow the new assistant chief of the force, according to a news release.


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 …


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Meidl steps down as assistant chief

Spokane’s assistant police chief has stepped down from his position.


Chief: Department didn’t sell Stephens submachine gun

The Spokane Police Department is denying that it sold a submachine gun to former Assistant Chief Scott Stephens, despite its own internal affairs investigation saying Stephens’ possession of the SWAT-style …


Ex-police chief Stephens still on paid leave

More than a month after the city’s new police chief placed the man he replaced on paid administrative leave, the public still has not been given an explanation for the …


Police face reorganization

The Spokane Police Department, hoping to restore public confidence, will embark on a major reorganization next month designed to make existing resources more efficient at achieving the ultimate goal of …


Police caution against racial profiling

Police believe a tip from a community member will help them find the man who killed a woman along the Spokane River last week, but they’re urging people to use …


Police seek community’s help, but fear racial profiling

Police believe a tip from a community member will help them find the man who killed a woman along the Spokane River last week, but they’re urging people to use …


Complaints against police rose in 2010

More citizens alleged misconduct by Spokane Police Department employees last year than the previous four years, but the number of complaints that resulted in discipline decreased. Police leaders attribute the …


Use-of-force case leaves questions

Brian Greear remembers the sirens that prompted him to stop his car. But the 27-year-old Spokane man says he can’t remember what happened before he awoke face down in a …


Long wait by armed driver also at issue

Spokane Police Ombudsman Tim Burns also declined to certify an investigation regarding a driver who had a permit to own a handgun but was given the gun back in pieces …