Law enforcement training center in Spokane saves taxpayers thousands



Posted on May 7, 2014 at 10:45 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--Local law enforcement agencies train in Spokane. While that has benefits for the departments, it also has benefits for the public.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Training Center teaches numerous agencies. Law enforcement officials from Moscow, Pullman, Okanogan, Grant County and Kootenai County all attended a training class on Wednesday.

Officials said Spokane taxpayers save money because local law enforcement agencies did not have to send deputies out of state for the training they need.

The center trained more than 2,300 students in 2013. Some of those trained were the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office’s own deputies.

The numbers show how much taxpayers saved in 2013:

•    $65,000 per diem savings
•    $60,000 in lodging
•    $13,000 in travel
•    $64,000 in tuition
•    $165,000 in travel salary

The number and variety of courses the training center had were huge.

Thousands of students travel to Spokane County for training each year. The estimated economic impact of the center for 2013 was more than $653,000.

The training center had been running for more than five years in 2014 with each year more successful than the last. Officials said they expected the numbers to continue to climb.