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SPD announces public forums on body cameras

SPD announces public forums on body cameras

The Spokane Police Department will host community and media forums during the pilot phase of the body worn camera program.

The program was implemented on September 1, with 17 officers volunteering to participate. It will run through the end of the year. In addition to addressing technical and logistical issues, SPD leadership will use the pilot project to finalize the body camera policy, based on officer and community feedback.

A forum for the public will be held on October 30 to share the draft policy and hear feedback. That's scheduled for 5:30 pm at Cataldo Hall on the Gonzaga University campus.

Additionally, members of the public are encouraged to send their thoughts, concerns and comments regarding body worn cameras to the department at this weblink.

The pilot phase will end on December 31, with adjustments to the policy and procedures being made based on officer and community input.

Spokane Police warn about new jury duty scam

Spokane Police warn about new jury duty scam

From the Spokane Police Department:

The Spokane Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies are receiving reports of a scam involving jury duty. Victims report they have received a call, telling them they failed to respond to a jury duty summons and now have to pay an officer money to keep from going to jail. Law enforcement officers never call people with warrants requesting payments over the phone to take care of their legal issues. If you receive calls similar to this or believe you may have been the victim of a scam, please call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

On August 6, 2014, just after 8:00 pm, a man contacted police after receiving a suspicious phone call. The caller identified himself as a Deputy from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect advised the potential victim that he had missed jury duty and had a bench warrant for his arrest. The suspect then went on to tell the victim he needed to get a pre-paid credit card for $1,000 and they could take care of the warrant over the phone.

National Night Out Against Crime

National Night Out Against Crime

It's National Night Out and we've put together a list of celebrations in and around your neighborhood.

National Night Out began in 1984 in an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Check out the list below to see what's going on in your neck of the woods:


Kootenai County, Idaho – Hayden City Park 8930 N. Government Way

  • 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Entertainment
  • Free Food and Drinks
  • Giveaways
  • Crime Prevention and Safety Information


Moscow, Idaho – Eastside Marketplate 1420 S. Blaine St.

Get a free "Club" to protect your car

Get a free "Club" to protect your car

News release from the Spokane Police Department...

The Spokane Police Department supports National Night Out Against Crime and will participate by having Chief Straub and the Spokane Police Command Staff, as well as Spokane Police Officers visit National Night Out parties hosted throughout the City of Spokane. Additional information regarding National Night Out Parties throughout the City of Spokane are listed in the email from Spokane C.O.P.S. below.

Spokane Police will be handing out “The Club” vehicle anti-theft devices at the August 5th, National Night Out party on Wall St. between Main and Riverside from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  Additionally, Spokane Police Captains for our North Spokane and South Spokane Police Service Areas will be travelling to neighborhood parties in their Police Service Areas, handing out “Clubs” to eligible individuals.

In order to receive “The Club” free of charge, you must be a Washington resident and show proof of ownership (driver’s license and registration) for one of the following vehicles:

Spokane woman accused of defrauding $100k in disability from the state

Spokane woman accused of defrauding $100k in disability from the state

A Spokane woman is charged first-degree felony theft, accused of defrauding the state of $101,000 in disability benefits while working with her husband to operate his motel and their nightclub and apartment building.

In September 2010, 52-year-old Mistie Crosby submitted a claim to Labor and Industries (L&I) saying she hurt her back, neck and shoulder while working at Sunset Junction, a nightclub in Spokane that has since closed. Physicians confirmed she was injured and L&I opened her claim.

When Crosby submitted the claim, she did not indicate whether she was an owner, partner or corporate officers in the business where she was injured. Business owners must provide employees with workers' compensation insurance, but the coverage is optional for the owners themselves and Crosby never enrolled.

Spokane Police searching for suspect in Sunset Grocery robbery

Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives are asking for the public's help identifying a suspect who robbed Sunset Grocery on July 10.

Just before 10:30 pm Police received a report of a robbery at Sunset Grocery in the 1900 block of W. Sunset Boulevard.

The caller reported that a man had entered the store, indicated he had a weapon and demanded cash. He fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.

Police arrived on the scene less than a minute after the call and quickly set up a perimeter but were unable to locate the suspect.

He's described as:

  • A white male
  • 5 feet, 4 inches tall
  • Black baseball cap, white and black bandana on his face
  • Red tennis shoes with white soles

Anyone with information related to the robbery is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

New report lists Spokane number one in state for car thefts

New report lists Spokane number one in state for car thefts

A new report from the Northwest Insurance Council puts Spokane at number one in the state for car theft, and number seven nationwide.

In 2013, 31,960 vehicles were reported stolen in Washington. That's an average of 88 stolen vehicles per day and nearly four vehicles each hour. In Spokane, 3,205 vehicles were stolen – an average of 600 per every 100,000 residents.

The Northwest Insurance Council recommends drivers follow four layers of protection to guard against vehicle theft.


1. Common Sense

  • Remove your keys from the ignition.
  • Lock your doors/close your windows.
  • Park in a well-lit area.
  • Keep valuable items such as bags, purses, cell phones and briefcases out of sight.


2. Warning Device