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SPOKANE POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWSLETTER November 2008 Message from the Chief’s Office... By: Chief Anne E. Kirkpatrick On October 26th, I had the opportunity to attend my Inside This 3rd COPS Volunteer Banquet and I am so impressed Month’s Issue: that I just wanted to make it the topic of my newslet‐ ter this month. COPS was established in Spokane by Chief Terry Mangan and was championed by Chief Active Shooter 2 Roger Bragdon. I simply have had the pleasure of Training inheriting this crown jewel of our City and Police De‐ Unit Profile~ 3 SPD Dispatch partment. The partnerships between our Citizens, NRO’s, and DOC are remarkable. SPD’s New 4 Bear Cat BATTS 5 The volunteers love their NRO’s and you can see the Emphasis genuine respect that the NRO’s have for their volun‐ Pictures with 5 teers. Our wonderful NRO’s are: Ofc. Russ Coffman, Santa Ofc. Traci Douglas, Ofc. Dean Draper, Ofc. Dan Stras‐ Drive Hammered 6 senberg, Ofc. Paul Taylor, Ofc. Shaney Redmon, Ofc. Wayne Downing and for‐ Get Nailed mer NRO Ofc. Nate Spiering. Special thanks also goes to their leadership: Lt. VALOR 7 Rex Olson and Major Gill Moberly. Grant SPD TV 8 But I also want to give special recognition to the COPS Administrative staff: Schedule Maurece Vulcano, Michael St. Victor and their leader Christy Hamilton make Capital City 8 one awesome team and without their genuine hearts for volunteers we would Shoot not enjoy the success that we do. Years of 9 Service And lastly, I would like to mention Retired Ofc. Brenda Yates who was honored McNab Promoted ~ 9 at the banquet for her work and devotion to COPS. Staben Re‐Assigned Citizen’s Applaud 10 Our Employees Thank you all you volunteers and friends of COPS. Stuff a Burglar— 11 Win a Turkey!! Chief www.spokanepolice.org ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING By: Lieutenant Scott Stephens Tragic events such as the Columbine School inci‐ dent and the Tacoma Mall shootings have prompted law enforcement agencies through‐ out the nation to re‐evaluate and fundamentally change the management and resolution of these events. In recent years, the Spokane Po‐ lice Department has engaged in active shooter training for all commissioned members of the department. This program has been developed and implemented by a relatively small group of Officers secure the parking garage exceptional trainers within our own department including Sergeant Dennis Walter as its most active proponent. Past training has fo‐ cused primarily on the tactics for responding to an active shooter situation. Training scenarios were generally concluded with the apprehension of the criminal suspect or the termination of the criminal threat. This training was also limited to the resources within the Spokane Police department. This past October Sergeant Dennis Walter, with the assistance of his training cadre developed in‐service courses that would take active shooter training to a more comprehensive level. In an un‐ precedented alliance with the private sector, Sergeant Walter ob‐ 2 tained the North Town Mall as a venue for active shooter train‐ ing. Not only was the venue made available for an extended number of weeks, but the Mall personnel participated in the ex‐ ercise to a large degree. The purpose of this latest round of train‐ ing was to add additional variables to the scenario that had not yet been addressed. Issues of dealing with severely wounded victims became one of the most valuable learning experiences to all involved. In addition, officers were required to deal with the complications of coordi‐ nating the response of other resources that may be utilized in an incident of this nature. The officers involved in this training learned that an active shooter incident is not necessarily over when the shooting stops. This training emphasized that our mission as law en‐ forcement officers requires us to render aid to the injured and to coordinate the incident as effectively as possible to ensure citizen safety, incident stabilization and the preservation of pri‐ vate property. Sergeant Walter, the trainers and evaluators are to be com‐ mended for facilitating an excellent training opportunity. Spe‐ cial thanks to the North Town Mall and the Spokane Fire De‐ partment for their partnership in this endeavor. Tune in to CNN Headline News in the coming months where Sergeant Walter further discusses active shooter training on Comcast Newsmakers. www.spokanepolice.org UNIT PROFILE ~ DISPATCH By: Lt. Glen Winkey and Tanya Hauenstein At this time, the SPD Dispatching Center employs 14 dispatchers, 5 supervisors, with one dispatcher in training. The unit is overseen by a SPD lieutenant, but by the end of next year, this commissioned position will be replaced with a civilian manager who will also be in charge of SCSO dispatch. The SPD dispatchers currently serving the needs of the department are among the most highly trained, technically proficient and dedicated employees anywhere in the department. Rest assured that when any of our SPD officers are working in SPD Dispatch Supervisor Tanya Hauenstein the field, we here in dispatch "have your back!" Our first and foremost duty here is to officer safety, and everything that we do, and any information we provide you is consis‐ tently working toward that goal. Our current SPD dispatchers have a combined 168 years of experience and their average ser‐ vice time with the city is over 12 years. The 5 supervisors have a combined 78 years of experi‐ ence (both as dispatchers and supervisors), with an average service time of 15.6 years with our 3 department. Although SPD dispatch is authorized to have 19 dispatchers, with the current 14, all of the dis‐ patchers are typically required to work 10 to 12 hour shifts and are often called in to work on their days off. In addition our dispatchers assist the department in many special events includ‐ ing the Lilac Parade, Bloomsday, Hoopfest and In‐Services. Like most of our police officers, dispatchers are typically type A personalities ‐‐ very organized and driven to provide the best possible service. However, many of our people here in dispatch also find the time to engage in activities outside of work ‐‐ ranging from a number of great gardeners, to restoring and/or collecting cars, remodeling homes, and building their own log home in Montana. Working in dispatch, we have a great grandmother, 2 grandparents, and lots of dedicated par‐ ents with children in all age ranges from adult to one dispatcher with 3 month old TWINS! Our dispatchers also are avid travelers, sports enthusiasts, and there are a couple who coach sports and volunteer at local schools ‐‐ we even have a couple of real exercise enthusiasts. Even though all of these outside activities can vary greatly, everyone here at dispatch meets on common ground at work to provide you the highest quality, most detail oriented officer safety and dispatching services possible to all of SPD. As usual and always ‐‐‐ SPD is looking for the right people to become part of our dispatching team. We are looking for those with very good multi‐tasking skills (do you like to do 4 or 5 things at once and can do them all well?), good to excellent keyboarding skills, one who is a quick learner and who has a desire for a great career as well as a desire to serve their commu‐ nity and its police officers through the first class teamwork shown every day here in dispatch. www.spokanepolice.org SPD’S NEW BEAR CAT By: Officer Brian Eckersley The Spokane Police Department and Spokane County Sheriffs Office SWAT teams wel‐ come the newest member of their combined tactical team. It all started last November when Detective Randy Lesser of the Spokane Police Department wrote a grant under Homeland Security provisions. The Bear Cat is an 8 ton, 4 wheel drive armored vehicle built on a Ford 550 chassis. The vehicle was ordered with special options and accesso‐ ries that make it the most advanced rescue vehicle available. This is the first new tacti‐ cal vehicle the Spokane Police Depart‐ ment has had in 40 years. It was deliv‐ ered from it’s creators in Massachusetts just a few days ago. The Bear Cat may look like an urban as‐ sault vehicle, but don’t let the thick steel and flat black paint job fool you. It is built to take a beating to save lives, not take lives. The Bear Cat will be used for the most dangerous situations, such as barri‐ caded subjects and hostage rescue. The passenger area of the vehicle provides enough work space for a gurney and the medical personal treating the person lay‐ 4 ing on it. There is still room left over for the tactical operation of the vehicle. SWAT team member, Terry Preuninger said, “It is the ultimate citizen rescue vehicle and it costs you nothing.” The Federal grant prepared by Detective Lesser took care of the entire $295,000 bill. City and County SWAT teams will share the Bear Cat. It can also be utilized by any outlying agency that requires its specific and dynamic abilities. If you see this vehicle rolling down your street, it understandable to drop your jaw and stare in awe. Enjoy those few seconds, and then it is probably a good time to go back inside your home. The Bear Cat and the officers inside will ensure that it is safe to come back outside as soon as possible. www.spokanepolice.org BATTS EMPHASIS This Halloween marked the 4th annual Brining Area Trick‐or‐Treater Safety (BATTS) emphasis. This program was started four years ago by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit and has been very popular and effective from its inception. BATTS provides extra law enforcement in our neighborhoods and has greatly reduced criminal activity on Halloween night as well as virtually elimi‐ nated pedestrian collisions due to our pro‐ active approach to this high pedestrian volume evening. The goal of the program is to allow access to kids and parents while enjoying the evening. Not only are the agencies available for any is‐ sues that may arise but they are also there to allow kids to sit inside patrol vehicles to generate a positive contact with children in the community. Participants in the BATTS emphasis include: Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, Spokane Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Airway Heights Police Department, Liberty Lake Police Department, Medical Lake Police Department, Spokane Valley Police Department and EWU Police Department. 5 BATTS is sponsored by many businesses in Spokane. 100% of the money donated to the program goes directly towards not only candy, but also glow sticks, glow necklaces and glow bracelets which allow greater visibility for pedestrians on the roadway. Thank you to the donations and participation we received this year. PICTURES WITH SANTA Sponsored by COPS Northeast. Everyone welcome—especially the furry family members. Saturday, November 15th 9 am—4:30 pm NEW LOCATION! 5203 N Market (old Collectors Showcase Store) $2.00 donation—Your photos are burned onto a CD and will be ready for pickup at COPS Northeast no later than Monday, November 17th. www.spokanepolice.org DRIVE HAMMERED—GET NAILED By: Kiley Friesen Did you know that a person will drive drunk 100 times before their first DUI and will drive drunk 100 more times before getting caught a second time? The Washington State Traffic Commission recognizes the danger of driv‐ ing under the influence and they, along with Washington State Patrol (WSP), sponsor several DUI emphases throughout the year ‐ specifically for the Drive Hammered Get Nailed Project (DHGN.) Typically, Spokane Police Department works along with WSP during the DHGN emphases and provides two officers to work a special assignment focused on DUI patrol. I had the opportunity to ride with Officer Joe Denton on two separate Drive Ham‐ mered Get Nailed emphases. On both oc‐ casions, we made several stops and issued traffic infractions, made one misdemeanor drug arrest, but yielded only one DUI arrest on Halloween night– which occurred dur‐ ing the last hour of the emphasis. “This is 6 rare,” says Officer Denton, who normally gets between 1 and 3 DUIs during each em‐ phasis. The last DHGN emphasis covered a total of 46 hours and yielded a total of 57 citations; 13 of which were for DUI arrests. Officer Denton administers the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Field Sobriety Test DUIs can be monotonous reports for officers to take. From the initial stop, which will likely include a variety of Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs) ‐ to pages of paper work and processing the subject for DUI, it can often take the offi‐ cer several hours to complete the entire report. The proc‐ ess of administering the FSTs can also become very tedi‐ ous as all of the tests are given in a standardized fashion ‐ and even more so for officers who are not making DUI ar‐ rests on a regular basis. It is helpful to have officers like Denton, who doesn’t mind taking a DUI report and is avail‐ able to assist other officers who may be out of practice on taking a DUI. Officer Denton recently attended his first DUI jury trial in over three years. “It is satisfy‐ ing to know that after three years, the jury convicted in 40 minutes. When the jury does‐ n’t have an issue with the arrest, it lets me know that I am still taking quality reports,” he said. Denton regularly participates in DHGN emphases and continues to keep drunk driv‐ ers off the roads. www.spokanepolice.org VALOR GRANT By: Detective Kirk Kimberly By 2025, the elder population (age 65+) in the United States will have doubled since 1995 and be around 1.2 billion people. As the elder population increases, the number of elder victimizations will unfortunately increase as well and 70% to 90% of the time, are per‐ petrated by family member’s . This abuse of trust and other fac‐ tors contribute to the increased and unalleviated stress and de‐ pression, causing significant health problems in victims which leads to a 3:1 mortality rate in people aged 65 years and older. The best scenario researcher’s have found is that only 20% of elder victimizations get reported. The VALOR (Vulnerable Adult Linked Organization Response) was created to help address these problems. As a Detective, I was able to investigate and frequently incarcerate the perpetrators. Detective Kirk Kimberly However, I came to realize that arresting the perpetrator didn’t necessarily fix the problem and it frequently created more issues than it solved. Basically, individual responses to vulnerable adult victimization by individual agencies such as law enforcement, Adult Protective Services (APS), Elder Services, and others were fractured at best and rarely resulted in providing the best service to the victim and soci‐ ety. The VALOR project is an holistic, multidisciplinary response to vulnerable adult victimiza‐ tion. The project brings together all government and private agencies whom work or associate with vulnerable adults in order to deliver better service to victims and the community. It does 7 this in 4 stages: Stage 1: Community education: of vulnerable adult issues. This doesn’t just include normal citi‐ zens, but also law enforcement, fire personnel, prosecutors, judges, health care providers, care‐ givers, etc. Stage 2: Emergent response/Triage: Upon a report of an unusually bad victimization, a fast response team will as‐ semble and respond to the situation in order to “stop the bleeding” whether it is real blood or the loss on substan‐ tial money or property. Stage 3: Tertiary stage: This is where the bulk of law en‐ forcement’s investigation occurs. Further, APS provides intermediate protective services such as court orders and temporary caregivers. Elder Services and other organiza‐ tions are utilized as resources to help the victim at this time. Stage 4: Long term solutions: Education of the victim and victim’s family/friends on preventing victimization. Permanent housing options. Guardians. And counseling services through Elder Services in order to help the victim with stress and depression issues. To help start‐up the VALOR project, the Spokane Police Department has received a Department of Justice grant through the Office of Violence Against Women to address violence against women in later life. Further, we are looking into other funding options with the hope of improv‐ ing the project by implementing other programs. www.spokanepolice.org SPD TV By: Mike Lavelle During November, segments of Spokane police officers on the television program COPS will be shown on SPD TV. SPD TV airs at the following times on City Cable Channel 5. 11/1 8:30 pm 11/16 11:00 am 11/4 8:00 pm 11/18 8:00 pm 11/6 11:30 am 11/20 11:30 am 11/8 8:30 pm 11/22 8:30 pm 11/11 8:00 pm 11/27 11:30 am 11/13 11:30 am 11/29 8:30 pm 11/15 8:30 pm CAPITAL CITY SHOOT By: Explorer Cody Harder On Friday, October 11th our Explorers com‐ peted in the annual Capital City Shoot competi‐ tion held in Olympia, WA at the Olympia Police Firing Range. The event hosted some 70 explor‐ ers from all over the state, and started early in the morning lasting nearly all day. The five of us representing SPD (Bruce Blunt, Capt. Cody Harder, Alisha Fiskvik, Thor Tangvald, and Lt. 8 Greg Thompson) were graded on our perform‐ ances in four different events. From left: Thor Tangvald, Greg Thompson, Cody Harder, Alisha Fiskvik and Bruce Blunt The stages included a Police Practical Course, a Tacti‐ cal Shoot, Physical Training Test, and a shoot/don't shoot scenario. At the end of the day, we placed 1st overall in PPC and 3rd overall in PT. It was a great training experience for us and probably one of the best events we compete in all year. Cody Harder displays his 1st and 3rd place medals It’s Like Money Falling From the Sky! You can start saving money today! It’s easy…try sharing the ride to work with a fellow employee, riding the bus, walking or bicycling if you live close to work. The savings from not go‐ ing to the pump as often, fewer maintenance services on your car and reduced car insurance will be like money falling from the sky! All participants will go into a drawing to win great prizes. Be sure to fill out your commute calendar at MyCommute.org to be eligible. It all adds up to cleaner air and saving money! www.spokanepolice.org YEARS OF SERVICE Barbara Barber Rick Hayes 5 years 5 years Mark Ellis 20 years 9 Debbie Wagner Kathy Panas Joe Walker 20 years 20 years 20 years McNAB PROMOTED—STABEN REASSIGNED By: Kiley Friesen Corporal David Staben became a Spokane Police Officer in 1998 after serving three years as a Deputy with Stevens County. Staben served as an FTO for three years and an NRO for four years. Staben has been a BAC instructor since 2001 as well as a drug recognition expert and also serves on the SPD Chaplaincy Board. Staben most recently held the rank of Corporal which is the same rank level as Detective. Staben was as‐ signed to the Detectives division October 5. Officer Mike McNab became a Spokane Police Officer in August of 2001. In 2003 his Army Reserve unit was called to active duty. He served 14 months in Iraq and returned to SPD in the summer of 2004. In 2006, he had a service advancement to Senior Police Officer. Officer McNab was promoted to the rank of Corporal on October 5. He was assigned to patrol team 14 where he will work the graveyard shift on the north side of town. www.spokanepolice.org CITIZEN’S APPLAUD OUR EMPLOYEES On September 13th, a citizen called the department regarding the performance of Offi‐ cer Joe Denton. She explained that her mother was dropping off her daughter at school when her estranged husband showed up and assaulted her mother. The sus‐ pect fled prior to police arriving. Officer Denton subsequently contacted the citizen’s mother and investigated the matter. Hours later, Officer Denton successfully tracked down the suspect and arrested him for the assault. This citizen’s marriage was marked by domestic violence and prior to Officer Denton’s assistance she felt hopeless. She was extremely grateful for Officer Denton’s quick response and professionalism. She noted that Officer Denton was very patient and detailed in taking her statement as well as her mother’s; which was particularly difficult since her mother’s English is poor. There is now a No Contact Order against her estranged husband which resulted from Officer Denton’s arrest. She is thank‐ ful for the protective order and Officer Denton’s determination to resolve the problem. ********************************************************************************************************************** We took my niece to Spokane from Colorado so that she could attend St. Michael’s Academy. My father adopted her when she was 5 years old from my sister. He took her to St. Michaels thinking that he would be providing her with a better education than at a public school. Unbeknownst to us, she had planned on running away as soon as she could and we were devastated to learn that she had run away. She spent three nights on the streets of Spokane. She was found and picked up by Officer Nate Spier‐ ing and taken to Juvenile Hall. Our county child protective services assisted us in work‐ ing with Spokane CPS, Juvenile Hall and an overnight lockdown facility. Officer Spier‐ ing assisted us in getting her transported. Without his help, juvenile was going to re‐ lease her in a four hour time period and she would have been back out on the streets. We greatly appre‐ ciate Officer Spiering going above and beyond the call of duty in what some would have considered a trivial thing to do. He was most respectful in all of his conversations us and we truly have a lot of respect 10 for Officer Spiering and all that he did to assist us. Thank you. ~Leone’ Anderson ********************************************************************************************************************** I have had the opportunity to work with Officer Traci Douglas for several years. She has always been the consummate professional and a credit to Spokane’s law enforce‐ ment community. I recently saw her pull of something of a miracle in my world as a landlord to some 40 low income families in Spokane. Due to her diligent efforts and persistent follow through, a gal that broke out two 4’ by 6’ picture windows was held accountable for her actions by Officer Douglas and this girl actually paid for the dam‐ age she caused at Officer Douglas’ urging. In my 18 years here in Spokane, that was a first. Traci Douglas is a good representative of how the police in Spokane can have a positive influence on the community they serve so well. Thanks. ~Spokane Citizen ********************************************************************************************************************** We want to send a heartfelt thanks to Officers Bill Workman, Kenny Applewhaite, Chris Lewis and Ryan Snider. Once again this year, they helped our school educate our kids and families through their visit, complete with motorcycles and two different vehicles. They were engaging with the students of our kindergarten and preschool, an‐ swering their questions, describing the purposes of their uniforms and especially emphasizing safety rules and reminders. Many of our parents attended this presentation and were impressed with their warmth and professionalism. We are truy indebted to them in help‐ ing us keep kids safe. These are the teachable years and they play a vital part in our success. This is an excellent use of a wonderful com‐ munity resource, appreciated by all of our children and extended families. ~Joy Yake, Director/Kindergarten Teacher www.spokanepolice.org Stuff A Burglar...Win a Turkey! Spokane Police Department 1100 W. Mallon Ave. 11 Burglars love the holidays. They know that families will be Spokane, WA 99260‐0001 out of town, businesses will be closed, schools will be www.spokanepolice.org empty—and do they ever take advantage of it. SUGGESTIONS—COMMENTS? Editor, Kiley Friesen Crime Stoppers wants to make the Thanksgiving Holiday Phone: 509‐625‐4456 memorable for the thieves and not just their victims. OR Email: email@example.com A special list of wanted burglars has been compiled. From now until Thanksgiving, Crime Stoppers will pay its regular fugitive reward for information that leads to their arrests, We have had tons of feedback on the SPD and will also give tipsters a $25 gift card to a local grocery Newsletters and your comments have been store. great—keep them coming! Persons who provide information that leads to these sus‐ We are always open to new story ideas and pects’ arrest can pocket the cash and still buy themselves or encourage anyone with a suggestion to their families a nice holiday dinner. let us know! So stuff a felon into jail in November and enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
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