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RCW 43.101.427, also known as The Doug Ostling Act, established requirements for Crisis Intervention Training for all Peace Officers in Washington, The three main requirements are:

  1. All BLEA recruits must receive 8 hours of CIT training in the basic academy.
  2. All full-time, general authority peace officers must complete a minimum of 8-hours of CIT training by July 1, 2021.
  3. All full-time, general authority peace officers must successfully complete a 2 hour online refresher training each year.

*The bill also contains language recommending CJTC provide a 40-hour CIT class to 25% of all certified peace officers assigned to patrol duties.  This is already available.

What does your agency need to do to meet these requirements?

  • By July 1, 2021 you must show that all of your full-time, general authority peace officers have received 8-hours of CIT training (see attached page for descriptions of training that meets this requirement.)
  • By December 31, 2018 you must show that all of your officers have completed the 2 hour online refresher training each year.

What is being done by CJTC to assist you in meeting these requirements?

  • 8-hour and 40-hour in-service classes are being presented in all regions in the state.  
  • Reimbursement for backfill/overtime is available; CJTC will provide grants to agencies to cover the cost of sending officers to CIT training.
  • Online 2-hour blocks of training will be available annually beginning July 1, 2017. Link to online course.

Who already meets the mandatory CIT training requirements at your agency?

  • Any certified Peace Officer for the State of Washington who graduated on or after June 18, 2014 from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy.
  • Any Washington State Patrol Trooper who graduated from Washington State Patrol Academy on November 19, 2016 or later.
  • Any Washington State or lateral certified peace officer who successfully completed a certified 40 hour Crisis Intervention Training Program since January 1, 2008.
  • Any officer who attended the CIT 8hr Statewide or CIT 8hr King County (MIDD) Training.
  • If you wish to provide a CIT training please contact Bob Graham for more information.

If you have any questions contact:


Bob Graham, Program Manager

Crisis Intervention Teams, WSCJTC

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Desk: 206-835-7302    Cell: 206-786-4401


Rev May 2019