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Spokane County has many great communities within its borders; each of these communities has so much to offer their citizens and to offer each other. It is my belief that if we work together as a region, we can better solve the problems we have in common. I see the Spokane County region as an excellent place to live and raise a family.

As you know, crime is one of the biggest issues and threats any community faces and the Spokane County region is no different. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office saw devastating cuts in the number of deputies during the great recession which started in 2008. The Sheriff's Office felt the impact of a reduction of 32 deputies ranging from the rank of Undersheriff, Lieutenant and Detective, to Deputy. These positions have never been recovered due to lack of funding from the County’s General Fund. Despite these cuts the Sheriff's Office has remained focused and committed to reducing crime in the areas we are responsible for.

  • Since the formation of the Violent Crimes and Gangs Task Force in 2007 the Violent Crime Rate is down 44%in the unincorporated areas of Spokane County, resulting in the some of the lowest violent crime ratesin the past two decades. In the City of Spokane Valley, the Violent Crime Rate has decreased 24%. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office has had 0 unsolved homicides since 2004.
  • Since 2004 the Property Crimes Rate in Unincorporated Spokane County has decreased 25. In the City of Spokane Valley, the Property Crimes Rate has decreased 15%. (Crime rates based on WASPC Crime Rate Data)

These successes are mainly due to the hard work of the men and women of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. It also stems from:

  • The policing models adopted in 2007, such as Intelligence Led Policing. Intelligence Led Policing has enabled the Sheriff’s Office to identify and target high crime areas and the repeat criminal offenders committing those crimes.
  • I worked with other elected officials and community leaders to bring back Crime Check. This has given the citizens of Spokane County the ability to report crime, suspicious persons and activity at an increased rate, in turn giving law enforcement better and more real time data on crime in our community.
  • Our Sheriff’s Community Oriented Policing Effort (S.C.O.P.E.) volunteers continue to be a force multiplier for the Sheriff's Office in our efforts to reduce crime. Community involvement in solving crime has been one of the largest contributing factors to the success seen in reducing crime in Spokane County. The community responded when we requested that they report any suspicious activity or persons in their neighborhoods. The Sheriff's Office has developed an email tree that neighborhoods can use to report suspicious activity. The email goes directly to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office regional intelligence group, it is then read by S.C.O.P.E. volunteers and forwarded to our investigators, patrol officers and crime analysts.
  • Training is essential in developing an effective and professional Sheriff’s Office.  The Spokane County Sheriff's Office has become known as a worldwide law enforcement-training venue. Since 2006 17,395 law enforcement personnel from around the world have been trained at the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office training center.  This training concept has saved the residents of Spokane County approximately $3,344,195 in training costs and has had an Estimated Positive Economic Impactof $4,569,740.00 inthe City of Spokane Valley.
  • The International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training awarded Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, Sheriff's Office Training Director Tony Anderman, and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office Training Unit their 2017 Training Innovation Award
    • The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is the FIRST law enforcement agency that has submitted course work for national certification and is certainly leading the nation in this endeavor! - IADLEST President Brian Grisham

Our training efforts have brought some of the best leadership training in the nation to Spokane County area law enforcement. We have developed a reputation as being the go-to agency when it comes to developing quality training standards. All this has resulted in the Spokane County Sheriff's Office being known as the premier law enforcement agency in the region.

Because of the quality of the training and the involvement of some of the best law enforcement agencies from around the country, our Spokane County Sheriff's Office is becoming one of the top law enforcement organization in the country. We are better trained and better equipped to respond to and prevent crime of every kind.

Your Sheriff's Office is an organization that you can be proud of. The women and men of the Sheriff's Office are working to keep you and our community safe. Thank you for your support, together we can continue making the Spokane County region a safe place to live, work, and raise our families.

Committee to Re-Elect Ozzie Knezovich (R)
PO Box 48185
Spokane, WA 99228
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