What better place to roll out the second time Chief of Police Craig Meidl then at OUR sparkling new Hillyard Precinct to not only pump Meidl’s tires but also attempt to pump the tires of the Condon, Straub, and now City Council costly “Precinct Model” by announcing the old news that C.O.P.S will be moving into the building. Old news because it was first reported here.

Here is something you will read here first! An agreement has been made between COPS and SPD to move the COPS Shop which was across the street from the North Precinct into the Precinct, which in my view is just one element of proof Condon and Straub’s highly touted “Precinct Model” is a failure.”

Here is another piece of news for you! Not only is C.O.P.S moving in, so are Department of Corrections Officers. Now that sounds like a great idea right… right? Well it is but that idea didn’t come from anyone in the Condon Administration or from any cop. It actually came many years ago when there was real Community Oriented Policing at SPD and we set up the Policing Model that became a National Model. The idea for including DOC people in our Community Oriented Policing model, which by the way has been practiced on and off here in Spokane since then was the “Brain Child”, and a good one, of a guy by the name of Jack Brucick who is now the Chairman of the Board at C.O.P.S., and back in the day was a Supervisor at DOC.,1619601&hl=en

Many of us retired SPD folks are watching with interest as we watch the Condon Administration trying to get out of the whole they dug, and continue to dig for themselves as they attempt to revert back to the proper way to do things while at the same time try and cover all of the obvious mistakes they have made since 2012, in all honesty it is somewhat fun, but also very sad.,3187083&hl=en

So what do you do with a building you purchased from a retired cop to go along with your dumb precinct plan that you have spent a ton of OUR money on? It is pretty simple really… you just fill it with tenants that have a law enforcement focus at no or little cost to them and pretend like everything is going just swell.

Don’t get me wrong this is great for C.O.P.S. they are saving $600 bucks a month rent which they were paying at the building across the street, and that is a good thing, but it won’t be if the Mayor and City Council cut what they get from the City in the next budget by an equal amount.

Something else we learned back in the day was that when you “decentralize” in an effort to accomplish true Community Oriented Policing perhaps the most critical aspect is proper supervision and strict accountability something SPD has had, and still does have, a serious problem with. Some cops take the freedom associated with decentralization and run with it actually taking pride and ownership of their little piece of the Community they are responsible for, on the other hand some cops will take advantage of it and simply play the game, so the onus is one first line Supervisors to watch the light weights like hawks.

How do I know? Because I lived it as the East Central Neighborhood Investigative Resource Officer. It took me a while to rebuild the trust, and the politics I had to deal with because Arturo was a minority working in a basically minority community, as well as me being an Irish White Guy, I wouldn’t wish on anyone.,3187083&hl=en,6003499&hl=en,4662845&hl=en,4669318&hl=en

If anyone ever read the IA Cases that used to be posted on now Patrol Officer Tim Schwering’s IA Website, which are no longer available, it would be pretty easy for anyone to determine that a lot of the problems outlined in those cases reflect not only on supervision problems but also the fact that SPD is spread out in offices all over the City.

It is the time of the year after the FBI Data comes out that we see stories like this in the media, which primarily show that overall crime has been on a downward trend for a number of years. The AP usually takes the lead and local media follow.

I liked the way Daniel Walters handled his story in the Inlander including using his own graph going back to 1985 and includes the period of time we developed an Operational and Case Management System at SPD to handle the high case flow with limited staffing. That was back in times past when Property Crimes Detectives carried a caseload of 25-30 cases per month rather than the 6-7 cases per month the most recent SPD data shows (2012)

“You might wonder why I went through the exercise above again…well it has to do with a response by Craig Meidl to a question I asked about the low caseload at SPD. Meidl told me that the reason the caseloads were so low is because it is a lot harder to investigate property crimes today than it was when I was a Cop because investigators had to spend more time searching data from places like Facebook, Twitter, Craigslist, and Pawn Records. I thought that was kind of strange in that I would think that all the social media, and data bases would actually make it an easier “gumshoe”, or maybe even no shoe at all.”

Needless to say some of us retired folks who actually had to work 25-30 cases per month had a good laugh at that one!


“ — the city’s property crime rate has remained relatively consistent for the past three decades. It spikes up sporadically, before returning to a baseline of about 7,500 crimes per 100,000 people.”

I didn’t like this comment in the story by Council President Stuckart:

“City Council President Ben Stuckart points to the more decentralized precinct model, increased funding for the Community Oriented Policing Services (C.O.P.S.) program, and the decision to hire more police officers as possible reasons for the improvement.”

Obviously Council President Stuckart has been programed into the SPD public face in despite of the fact that many retired cops other than myself have made every effort to bring him and other CC Members up to speed about what is going on at SPD. But the fact is, law enforcement can sell politicians almost anything as long as it sounds good, makes them look good, and the risk of facts and data being checked or investigated is close to nil.

Here is some more interesting stuff to compare.

This should be interesting, and seems to go along the lines of fixing something, even if the fix actually, lies with the fixing the organization, means to throw more money at the perceived problem, why not…it isn’t theirs.


About our wonderful Hillyard Precinct.

As a note of caution I had to hurry through this data because of another story I’m working on, so make sure you check my numbers and please bring any mistakes to my attention. Also please keep in mind I hate easily manipulated CompStat Data, but it is SPD’s own, so I’ll use it. I didn’t do the Downtown Precinct but it looks like the same story there.

For cases like this I prefer to use the actual numbers rather than percentages because I feel it gives a clearer picture. So here you go, and you can make your own call.

Northeast District (P4) Hillyard Precinct


Thus far in 2016 over approximately a 9-month period there has been an INCREASE of 56 Part 1 Property Crime Cases Reported to SPD in the Hillyard District (P4). If the average of approximately 177 reported cases per month established during this period continues SPD would end up with a year-end DECREASE from 2015 of 120 Part 1 Property Crime Cases in the Hillyard District(P4) for 2016. I must point out that Dennis Walters is correct when he states:

“It spikes up sporadically, before returning to a baseline”

So it is hard to say what the final figures will show, law enforcement data fluctuates month to month. But if that data does demonstrate a significant increase, or even if it doesn’t, the City Council should start asking the proper questions during the budget process.


In 2015 there was a DECREASE of 393 Part 1 Property Crimes Reported to SPD in the Hillyard District (P4)

*** The Hillyard Precinct opened March 17th, 2015 and was “kind of open” for approximately a 10-month period in 2015.


In 2014 there was a somewhat significant DECREASE of 541 Part 1 Property Crimes Reported to SPD in the Hillyard District (P4) *** Prior to the opening of the Hillyard on March 17th, 2015


In 2013 there was an INCREASE of 323 Part 1 Property Crimes Reported to SPD in the Hillyard District (P4)

Let us compare the Hillyard District to the Central District (P2) where the Public Safety Building Precinct has been located since 1970.

Central District (P2) Public Safety Building


During the same approximately 9-month period as the Hillyard Precinct, the Public Safety Building Precinct had a DECREASE of 30 Part 1 Property Crimes Reported. Projecting forward for 2016-year end using the average of 157 cases per month established during the approximately 9-month data collection period, SPD would show a DECREASE of 360 cases for 2016.


In 2015 there was a DECREASE of 151 Part 1 Property Crimes Cases Reported to SPD for the Public Safety Building Precinct (P2).


In 2014 there was a DECREASE of 239 Part 1 Property Crimes Reported to SPD in the Public Safety Building Precinct.


In 2013 there was a DECREASE of 47 Part 1 Property Crimes Reported to SPD in the Public Safety Building Precinct.

Assuming my numbers are correct it works out this way.

Hillyard Precinct:

2016 DECREASE, 120 CASES **(Projected)


2014 DECREASE, 541 CASES **(Prior to Hillyard Precinct)


Public Safety Building Precinct:

2016 DECREASE, 360 CASES **(Projected)




So what do these numbers mean to a Graduate of several boring Law Enforcement Anacapa Sciences Schools ( )

Well… it means Crime is on a downward trend…Pretty Smart, eh? 🙂

What does it mean to me from the standpoint of Mayor Condon, Frank Straub, and now Craig Meidl’s great and costly “Precinct Model”, as well as Council President Stuckart’s attributing the drop in Spokane crime “to the more decentralized precinct model”?


(In honor of the deceased and since reincarnated “Riddler” :))

Just in case you didn’t figure it out from Craig Meidl’s various interviews WE Citizens will be throwing even more money SPD’s way which will primarily be spent on image building rather than police work.

On a side note I’m still trying to get answers regarding the posting of IA Cases for public inspection, but for some reason neither Lundgren nor Meidl seem real interested in communicating with me. That will change I’m sure because of the recent “Transparency Vows”. 🙂



11 thoughts on “AWAY FROM PRECINCTS???

  1. Very good information that Brian I also liked the horse hoof and poo picture LOL!
    I relocated to Sacramento California 1999 I was born in Spokane in 1961 been there until 99. I am pretty sure you know a little bit about my background, did you ever work with my Great Aunt, Phyllis Marsh? Spokane, the more it changes, the more it stays the same. I do visit at least once a year, and even try to relocate in 2013, when my dad fell ill. I found out Spokane was the same old Good Ol Boy network that I left 14 years earlier, but I got to spend good quality time with my father!
    I am on Ohau right now, doing a job for my California company, I’m not bragging just stating fact because ofor my “late” comments.
    I have a funny story for you, 2 nights ago we woke up and discovered that 1/2 pack of cigarettes and my lighter were gone, the complex’s ashtray and our flip flops were stolen, they left our work boots, thank goodness because I think that means work for them. I’ve never seen anybody steal a shovel. I just wanted to say, Tweakers will steal anything, and Spokane, unfortunately has its fair share of them. I would like to send you pictures I took from the USS Missouri, of a 5 inch gun battery dedicated to the Marines that served on her, and of a restored Marine bunk compartment that was restored totally by Marines, I can’t figure out how to do it on my phone but when I get home I do have your email address I would like to share those with you!
    Thank you Brian!

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    1. I sure as heck do remember Phyllis she was famous not only among us cops but also the community. She worked in YPB (Young Peoples Bureau) and was always the go to person in that Unit for anything that had to do with Juveniles. She was a great woman and cop. She was on my interview board when I went on the job and happened to know what a couple of things involved that were on my Juvie Record, because she had the case. Nothing serious just some disagreements I had with a couple of guys at LC. 

      Back then YPB took the lead on doing lot of exactly the same things you read about SPD doing today, same programs just a new and improved name YPI for PAL, etc. Back in my time including when I was a kid the PAL (Police Athletic League) was real active, they even had a boxing team at the YMCA I boxed for. The difference between then and now is that cops weren’t specifically assigned things like the PAL, weren’t given overtime pay, or became involved just to build an image… they just did it and didn’t expect anything in return other than the satisfaction involved.

      I have real fond memories of some of those YPB folks, Phyllis, Bruce Campbell, Howard Stone, and others, all of whom spent most of their careers in YPB. Back during that time when someone made Detective the last place they wanted to work was “Kiddy Crime” thinking it was beneath them. The truth was, the Brass back then knew full well that it was a great place for a new Detective to start out because they learned so much on how to handle people. YPB didn’t just work “Kiddy Crime”, they also worked Rape and Sex Abuse cases, which takes a special kind of cop to work. I spent a short amount of time in YPB when I transitioned from Intelligence to Robbery Homicide, and I learned a hell of a lot from those folks.

      I have a lot of funny stories I could tell about my time in YPB one funny one was a confession I made to the YPB Sgt who had been one of my Sgts. in Patrol Division, Louie Moss. We used to get written up if we were caught out of the patrol car without wearing our lids (hats). It happened to be one of Louie’s pet peeves, and he wrote a lot of guys up, including me and my partner Bill Gasperino. Louie had a suicide jumper on the Monroe Street Bridge and called for back-up, Bill and I were close and responded along with some other units as did Fire. Louie was able to talk the guy down from the ledge, but forgot to put his lid on when he jumped out of his patrol car. When Louie was talking to Fire and a Reporter that had showed up I grabbed his hat out of his unit and we took off. About 45 minutes later Louie came on the radio obviously pissed almost yelling into the mic… “Who has my hat?” … of course he didn’t get any radio response so he met with the units that responded… no one of course knew anything about it. One of the guys (Bill) asked him if it could have fallen in the river when he was talking the guy down…he didn’t respond. Two days later his hat amazingly showed up at the front desk, but unfortunately after he had already bought a new one (yes we had to buy our own uniforms). Louie never wrote anyone up after that, but did chew some ass when he caught someone without their lid. After my confession I had to buy Louie’s lunch for a week to make up for him buying the new hat. So I guess the truth is the reason you don’t see SPD cops wearing hats anymore is my fault.

      I would love to get those photos!

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      1. You certainly are a very powerful man Brian, for single-handedly being responsible for a multitude of policy changes in Spokane.☺ on the downside looks like we have only one more day of work here in Paradise, then it’s back to the hell hole of California, which is good in a way, as my work partner and I have stuff we need to take care of. I am looking forward to your next blog post!

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        1. I forgot to add, that mom always threatened us when we were bad that she was going to send us to Aunt Phyllis, and have her straighten us out…weak threat as we grew up in the valley☺

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