SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is sending their deputies to more training sessions than ever before while saving nearly $500,000 per year. The trick is the Sheriff’s Office in Spokane hosting all the classes.
The Sheriff's Office used to send people to Western Washington or out of state for training, but now other agencies are coming here. With the average cost per day to send someone out of town $230, the savings quickly add up.
Back in 2006, there were only four training sessions hosted by the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. This year, there will be well over 110. With that savings of sending people away for classes and costs associated with that, the county has an extra $450,000 in their pocket this year. They also have better trained deputies.
"In previous years, we weren't able to attend unless it was mandatory," said Mike Wall with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.
The trainings range from sobriety testing to specialized interrogations. The hosting agency always gets some free seats in every class.
Law enforcement from all over the country and even the world have sent employees to Spokane County for training. Most recently, someone from Israel came out for a class.