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BLEA - Field Training Workshops

This 4-hour workshop introduces field training officers to the curriculum changes at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic Law Enforcement Academy.

All current and future BLEA sessions have transitioned to adult learning and Problem-Based Learning (PBL) delivery methods. While the content of the BLEA has not changed significantly, the way that students are presented the academic content and the processes they use in their learning are different. Students are now more interactive with the instructors and each other. Hands-on learning is a focus of these student-centered teaching techniques. While discipline and professionalism is still a focal point at the academy where appropriate, the classroom environment has changed, more closely resembling a college classroom.

WSCJTC is offering workshops around the state to help field training officers prepare for the transition of these new students into FTO/PTO programs. These four-hour workshops provide an overview of the new BLEA curriculum and specifically address anticipated new student behaviors and performances. For FTOs this includes possible differences in scores received on the Daily Observation Report (DOR). Each session is limited to 20 participants, allowing for a high level of interaction with the facilitators and allowing trainers to address their concerns and questions about new methodologies in use at the BLEA.

Prerequisite:   Current employment with a Washington State Criminal Justice agency.

Cost:   None.

To Register: Please look in the Status/Registration column next to the workshop you wish to attend.  

Questions? If you have questions, please contact Lee Brandt, 425.257.8446

The workshop is facilitated by:

  • Deputy Seth Grant, King County Sheriff's Office, WSCJTC Curriculum Coordination
  • Lee Brandt, WSCJTC Regional Training Manager

Scheduling & Hosting This Workshop

If you would like to host this four-hour workshop for your agency or your region, contact Lee Brandt, Email: , 425.257.8446. Host agencies will be asked to provide a classroom and to register attendees.

See the flyer here: Workshop Flyer (available in PDF format)

Classroom needs:

  • Room that can comfortably seat 20 participants with tables set up 4-5 students per group
  • Two easels or one easel and a dry-erase board
  • Projection area for PowerPoint
  • Preferred: multimedia projector (or we can supply)

Workshops So Far

In November 2008, the Organizational Development and Standards Division and the BLEA presented this information at WASPC to about 110 law enforcement leaders. Over the last year, Deputy Seth Grant and Lee Brandt have traveled around Washington bringing these workshops to our clients across the state. It’s also been our pleasure to work with nearly 300 training officers so far

November 2008

  • WASPC - Pasco

December 2008

  • Issaquah

January 2009

  • Burlington
  • Everett

February 2009

  • Port Angeles
  • Bellingham
  • Chehalis

March 2009

  • Burien
  • Bellevue
  • Spokane

April 2009

  • Kennewick
  • Wenatchee
  • Lakewood
  • Federal Way

May 2009

  • Vancouver

September 2009

  • Port Orchard
  • Mount Vernon

November 2009

  • Seattle UWPD