Instructors at the Spokane Law Enforcement Academy have recently been emphasizing peacekeeping methods to new recruits. “You know, for too long I think we’ve emphasized a little too much ‘might makes right,'” said Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub. “Now, we really have to be about care, and compassionate policing.”
With the latest class of recruits, Spokane police will have the opportunity to plug the manpower gap that has plagued the city for years due to budget cuts.
“Well, I think the first priority is to get the radio cars, the patrol cars. We’ve been running in a significant deficit just on patrol,” said Straub. “Having these officers is going to be huge. It’s going to allow us to do more proactive policing.”