"Training the Guardians of Democracy"
Establish high standards and exceptional training to ensure that criminal justice professionals in Washington State have the knowledge and skills to safely and effectively protect the life, liberty, and property of the people they serve.

WSCJTC phone lines will be temporary offline for testing purposes.  The following numbers will be available in case of any emergencies

Facilities Emergency Line : 206-321-0043 Bob Sanchez : 206-255-6877
David Bales : 425-754-8190 Ron Napenias : 425-785-0272

A Message From The Executive Director

Welcome to our website! Whether you're a criminal justice professional or a member of the community we serve - we're glad you're here! It is an honor for every member of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission team to establish standards and provide training that upholds the core ideals of our democracy and keeps our communities safe. We accomplish this noble mission by building a culture that institutionalizes our philosophy of serving our community as "Guardians".

Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission

The Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC) was created in 1974 to establish standards and provide training to criminal justice professionals, including peace officers, local corrections officer and to certify, and when necessary de-certify, peace officers. As per RCW 43.101.020 Washington State is one of only a few states that not only establishes training standards, but also provides Basic Training for Peace Officers and Corrections Officers. This unique model ensures that every local officer has consistent and high quality training guided by 14 Governor appointed Commissioners (for a list of WSCJTC Commission members click here) and our state legislature. Through economies of scale we are able to maintain a highly capable staff comprised of the best trainers in the state. Further, we are able to engage in partnerships with leading experts and researchers from across the nation, developing innovative strategies and evaluating state of the art training methodologies.

Training the Guardians of Democracy

Effective policing demands a wide range of skills and abilities. The very best peace officers possess highly developed physical, mental, emotional and service competencies. At the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission we strive to develop recruits and veteran officers in all four areas, as opposed to focusing merely on the techniques of law enforcement.


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