SPOKANE – Spokane’s new police chief was officially sworn in Monday.
Mayor David Condon swore in Frank Straub at a ceremony Monday, at noon at the Public Safety Building. Straub is a 28-year law enforcement veteran.
He previously served as the Director of Public Safety in Indianapolis.
Straub officially became Spokane Police Chief even though he was not yet an official commissioned officer in Washington.
In September, a Washington State Commission Board waived the requirement that he attend a 720 hour police academy in order to assume to title. The commission ruled he complete a much shorter equivalency course within the next year to become completely certified.
The process for Straub has already included a polygraph test, first aid refresher and certification to carry a firearm, which in part paves the way for him to become commissioned.
Until Straub is a commissioned officer he has no arresting powers. “I don't plan on arresting anybody. I'm not sure that’s the police chief's job, but I am a law enforcement officer in the state of Washington,” said Straub in Monday’s news conference.
Mayor David Condon has stressed restroing public trust in the Spokane Police Department.
Straub said Monday his overreaching goal this year is to strengthen the relationship between the police force and the community. He said that means him and his commanding staff personally meeting and interacting community members. “The police first and foremost are peacekeepers, not law enforcers, and so I think what we have to do is figure out how do we develop that seamless relationship with the community,” said Straub.
Straub has attended roll calls and will go on ride-alongs as he gets more acquainted with the police department.