Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Officer Certification Cases
Certification
As a condition of employment, all Washington peace and corrections officers are required to obtain certification. Officers become certified once they successfully complete their academy training. The commission may deny, suspend, or revoke the certification of an officer who has been found of misconduct outlined in RCW 43.101.105.
Reports of misconduct come to the attention of the certification division. They can be reported through the officer’s employer or a complaint. The certification division reviews the case, conducts an investigation, and if the alleged misconduct meets the burden of proof, the commission shall provide the officer with a Statement of Charges. The officer may request a hearing. Hearings are open to the public.
Outcomes of all cases are presented here as mandated by RCW 43.101.400 (4). The dataset is searchable, machine readable and exportable. The full dataset is exportable by selecting the down arrow on the table below or by selecting "view source data" on any visualization. Supporting documents are viewable for each closed case.
Questions and comments are welcome and can be submitted through the dataset homepage.

Highlights of the dataset
Presented are some visualizations of the data including:
  • Filters are provided. Applying filters will affect all visualizations and the corresponding table. 
  • Timeline of case count by year
  • Misconduct investigated pie chart.
  • Breakdown of final outcomes of closed cases
  • A map breaking down cases by employing agency
  • A table containing the raw data from which visualizations are based on.
  • Supporting documents are provided for each closed case.
The full dataset is exportable by selecting the down arrow on the table below or by selecting "view source data" on any visualization.

Data Dictionary

Case Number - The reference number for the case.
Officer Name
Employer – Employing agency at the time the case was opened or when the misconduct occurred. 
Agency Type - Sheriff's Office, Police Department , Tribal Agency , State Agency , Corrections Division
Certification Type 
  • Peace Officer - any full-time, fully compensated and elected, appointed, or employed officer of a general authority Washington law enforcement agency who is commissioned to enforce the criminal laws of the state of Washington generally. RCW 10.93.020 (4) and RCW 43.101.010 (10) 
  • Tribal Police Officer - any person employed and commissioned by a tribal government to enforce the criminal laws of that government. RCW 43.101.010 (12) 
  • Corrections Officer - any corrections agency employee whose primary job function is to provide for the custody, safety, and security of adult persons in jails and detention facilities in the state. "Corrections officer" does not include individuals employed by state agencies. RCW 43.101.010 (6) 
Reason for opening case 
  • Separation from Employment - The notice of separation from the employing agency identified potential misconduct under RCW 43.101.105.  
  • CJTC Form 1915 Reporting – The employing agency submitted a CJTC Form 1915 reporting discipline, suspension, criminal charges, or use of force resulting in serious injury or death AND the report outlines potential misconduct under RCW RCW 43.101.105.
  • Complaint – A complaint was submitted to the CJTC outlining officer misconduct and that complaint rose to the level of misconduct outlined in RCW RCW 43.101.105 
  • Request for Reinstatement – After a period of 5 years, an officer may request to have their eligibility for certification reinstated provided they meet the training requirements outlined in RCW 43.101.115 
  • Other – The origin of the case does not fall within the above categories and is miscellaneous in nature.
Conduct Investigated
  • Color of Authority - Through fraud or misrepresentation, has used the position of peace officer or corrections officer for personal gain.
  • Criminal Charges – The officer was charged or convicted with a crime outlined in RCW 43.101.105.
  • Discrimination - Engaged in conduct including, but not limited to, verbal statements, writings, online posts, recordings, and gestures, involving prejudice or discrimination against a person on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, immigration status, disability, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, or military and veteran status.
  • Domestic Violence – The officer was convicted of a gross misdemeanor domestic violence offense.
  • Extremism – Please see the WSCJTC definition of extremism in WAC 139-01-310 (1) and (11)
  • Failure of Duty - Whenever any duty is enjoined by law upon any public officer or other person holding any public trust or employment, their willful neglect to perform such duty, except where otherwise specially provided for, shall be a misdemeanor. RCW 42.20.100
  • False/Misleading Statements - Knowingly making, or found by a court to have knowingly made, misleading, deceptive, untrue, or fraudulent representations in the practice of being a peace officer or corrections officer including, but not limited to, committing perjury, filing false reports, hiding evidence, or failing to report exonerating information.
  • Sexual Misconduct – An offense with sexual motivation as defined in RCW 9A.44
  • Excessive Use of Force – The officer engaged in a use of force that could reasonably be expected to cause physical injury, and the use of force violated the law or policy of the officer's employer.
  • Other – The conduct investigated does not fall within the above categories and is miscellaneous in nature.
Status 
  • Received: Pending Review - The case is received and pending review from the investigative team.
  • Under Review – The case is assigned to an investigator for investigation and review.  
  • Statement of Charges – The alleged misconduct has met the burden of proof and the officer is served with a Statement of Charges. The officer has 60 days to request a hearing.
  • Hearing – The case is scheduled for a hearing. Hearings are open to the public and the WSCJTC hearings schedule is posted online.  
  • Closed – The case is concluded with a final outcome.   
Case Determination 
  • Administrative Closure – An investigation and review for alleged misconduct occurred however the officer was either not certified or withdrew their officer certification application.  
  • Cleared – There was insufficient evidence to meet the burden of proof or that the conduct investigated does not meet the requirements of RCW 43.101.010 (8) or (9) and the CJTC declined to proceed with revocation of the officer’s certification. The officer’s certification remains in good standing and eligible to serve as a peace or corrections officer with a general authority agency.  
  • Certification Expired – An officer’s certification expired over the course of the investigative/ hearings process after 5 years from the last date of service with a general authority agency. 
  • Certification Revoked – The hearing panel concluded that the officer’s certification is revoked. They may not serve as a peace or corrections officer with a general authority agency in the state of Washington.  
  • Surrendered – The officer surrendered their certification voluntarily. The officer has waived their right to a hearing and may not serve as a peace or corrections officer with a general authority agency in the state of Washington.  
  • Eligibility Reinstated – Following a petition from the officer, approved by the commission, the officer has regained the ability to apply for certification provided they meet the conditions set by the commission.  
  • Denied Certification – A commission decision to refuse to grant certification to a prospective officer.  
  • Denied Reinstatement – Following a petition from the officer, denied by the commission, the officer is ineligible to apply for peace or corrections officer certification. 
  • Remain in Effect – The hearing panel concluded that the officer’s certification remains in effect. 
Material Step Dates
  • Date Received – The date the notice or complaint was received from the agency.
  • Under Review – The date when an investigator is assigned to the case and begins the investigation.
  • Statement of Charges – The alleged misconduct has met the burden of proof and the officer is served with a Statement of Charges. The officer has 60 days to request a hearing.
  • Hearing - The case is scheduled for a hearing. Hearings are open to the public and the WSCJTC hearings schedule is posted online
  • Final Order – The date in which the hearings panel concludes its deliberations with the outcome of the case.
  • Closed – The date in which the case is closed.

Public Records Request

Some supporting documents are provided within the database for each case. These may include a statement of charges and a final outcome of the case. The complete file can be requested by submitting a public records request. Please be sure to include the case number and name of the officer in the request.