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In an effort to respond to officers’ need for brief, easy to read updates on new case law and legal changes, the LED is transitioning to a monthly LED Online Training format.  Select court rulings are summarized briefly, arranged by topic, and focused on how the legal rulings may impact current law enforcement practices.  The initial format is a click through pdf file intended to be easily used by individual officers or in a group roll call briefing.  Each cited case includes a hyperlinked title for those who wish to read the court’s full opinion.  Links have also been provided to key Washington State prosecutor and law enforcement case law reviews and references.  In the coming year, we look forward to expanding the LED Online Training into an interactive format that will satisfy a portion of an officer’s mandatory 24 hours of annual training.  The LED Online Training format will be created by Courtney Popp, an attorney with over 13 years of experience as a criminal prosecutor, nationally recognized law enforcement trainer, WA State Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor, and BLEA instructor.The materials contained in the LED Online Training document are for training purposes.  All officers should continue to consult with their department legal advisor for guidance and policy as it relates to their particular agency.


Law Enforcement Digest Online Training:
2018: January | February | March
2017: December

Law Enforcement Digest Issues (LED) 2009-Current:

All LEDs are posted as soon as they become available. The LED is available for download only.  The WSCJTC does not print or mail these documents. The Law Enforcement Digest is prepared by Ms. Shelley Williams of the Washington State Attorney General's Office as a service to criminal justice practitioners. Each month Ms. Williams select court cases she feels that are significant to the law enforcement community.

2018: January
2017: January | FebruaryMarchApril | May | June | JulyAugust | September | October | November | December
2016: January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December
2015: January | February | March | April | May | June | JulyAugust | September | October | November | Nov PPT | December

2014: JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember

2013: JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJuly|  AugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember

2012: JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember

2011: JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
2010: JanuaryFebruary|  MarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember

2009: JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember


Archived LEDs (1992-2008) are available.

LED Subject Matter Index & Legislative Updates.
All Subject Matter Indexes and Legislative Updates are posted as soon as they are available.  Please note that files older than 1992 are not available.

2016 Subject Matter Index 
2015 Subject Matter Index (rev. 3/2016)

2014 Legislative Update 
2013 Legislative Update
2014 Subject Matter Index 
2013 - 2009 Subject Matter Index
2008 - 2004 Subject Matter Index
2003 - 1999 Subject Matter Index
1998 - 1994 Subject Matter Index  
1993 - 1989 Case Index
1993 - 1989 Subject Matter Index


Special Topics

Law Enforcement Legal Update Outline: Cases on  arrest, search, seizure, and other topical areas of interest to law enforcement officers; plus a chronology of independent grounds rulings under Article I, Section 7 of the Washington Constitution. 
By John R. Wasberg (Retired Senior Counsel, Office of the Washington State Attorney General)

This article will be updated at least once each year. It was last updated effective July 1, 2017.


"Initiation of Contact" Rules Under the Fifth Amendment
By John R. Wasberg (Retired Senior Counsel, Office of the Washington State Attorney General)

This article will be updated at least once each year. It was last updated effective July 1, 2017.


Eyewitness Identification Procedures: Legal and Practical Aspects

By John R. Wasberg (Retired Senior Counsel, Office of the Washington State Attorney General)

This article will be updated at least once each year.  It was last updated July 1, 2017.


Confessions, Search, Seizure and Arrest: A Guide for Police Officers and Prosecutors May 2015

By Pamela B. Loginsky, Staff Attorney, Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.


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rev. 9/2017