SPOKANE POLICE DEPARTMENT
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
inheriting this crown jewel of our City and Police De‐
Unit Profile~ 3
partment. The partnerships between our Citizens,
NRO’s, and DOC are remarkable.
SPD’s New 4
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.
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
not enjoy the success that we do.
Years of 9
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.
Citizen’s Applaud 10
Thank you all you volunteers and friends of COPS.
Stuff a Burglar— 11
Win a Turkey!! Chief
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‐
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
PICTURES WITH SANTA
Sponsored by COPS Northeast.
Everyone welcome—especially the furry family members.
Saturday, November 15th
9 am—4:30 pm
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.
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.
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‐
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
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.
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
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
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!
YEARS OF SERVICE
Barbara Barber Rick Hayes
5 years 5 years
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
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.
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.
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
~Joy Yake, Director/Kindergarten Teacher
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.
Editor, Kiley Friesen
Crime Stoppers wants to make the Thanksgiving Holiday
memorable for the thieves and not just their victims. OR
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.