Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich files complaint against Washington State over rejection of training proposal

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has filed a complaint against a state commission for rejecting his proposal to run a new law enforcement training academy.

The proposal would have broken with the state’s centralized training policy for all peace officers.

After about two years of research, writing curriculum and meeting with staff of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, the sheriff’s office in September presented its plan to the commission, which unanimously rejected the proposal amid concerns that allowing agencies to train their own officers would fundamentally change the training model in Washington State.

The sheriff’s office then filed a request to the commission for an adjudicative proceeding

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