As most folks know I receive a considerable amount of information from sources about local law enforcement that other Reporters don’t and even though I might receive information from a number of reliable sources on a particular issue I still do my best to independently confirm and corroborate as much of the information I can. Such was the case with an ongoing IA Investigation into the possibility of inappropriate conduct between SPD Officers and a young female Co-op/Explorer.
I keep the OPO and the Spokane City Council aware of what I find but the Spokane City Council is nowhere to be found, nor is there any evidence the even care about the problems at SPD, which I find odd considering many of them are trying to get elected. One would think that Lori Kinnear, even though she championed the hiring of Craig Meidl as SPD Chief and is the Chair of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee and who is running for re-election would have an interest, but she obviously doesn’t.
I sometimes wonder if the City Council is dumb enough to believe Chief Craig Meidl’s “Kill the Messenger” plan?
You would think that the City Council would figure out that I don’t make-up the information I receive, it comes from good honest folks who are very aware of SPD’s downward slide and want that changed. But then again it is an election year and having the endorsement and financial backing of the Police Unions is very important.
Sources advised me of what could be a significant problem regarding the relationships between some SPD Officers and a young female Co-op/Explorer and provided me with quite a bit of information I was able to confirm including that the female Co-op was removed from the program for what was described as…well…Conduct Unbecoming a Co-op/Explorer.
When I get information of this magnitude I think it is important to get to the bottom of it and try and determine if it is true or not, so in this case while trying to confirm some of the information I had I basically gave Chief Craig Meidl a heads up and even though some information was all over the Public Safety Building and other areas of City Government, Meidl claimed he knew nothing, and he may not have, but he needed to know, since this email I’ve provided SPD folks with even more helpful info.
I think the people who read my stories are very aware that for a long time I have been looking into the very serious problems with the SPD Police Anti-Crime Team, as a matter of fact I was the first reporter to report on the 2 million dollar claim against the City and County by Detective Lonnie Tofsrud and the only one so far who has been reporting an important story for the entire Community.
Josh Kelety who replaced Mitch Ryals at the Inlander followed up on my story in his May 2, 2019 Inlander piece. From what I see so far I think Kelety is doing a good job replacing Mitch Ryals who was on top of things for the Inlander until he made it to the big time. Kelety is at a bit of a disadvantage however being new to the area (Oh…my gosh…Seattle! 😊) and one of his peers at the Inlander has somewhat hindered the development of good sources.
I should note that this September 9, 2018 story of mine is no longer accurate the full-court press is on!
SPD has initiated an IA Investigation based upon the information I supplied, which is a real good thing considering the circumstances and has interviewed some of the Co-op/Explorers which I recommended. My hope is that it turns out not to once again tarnish SPD and we get the results of the IA Case soon.
I think however I may have provided more information to SPD which could extend the length of the IA Investigation. While looking to the SPD PACT and Border Patrol arrest of Adam Doe who has since been deported and which once again caused problems between Detectives and SPD PACT I reviewed Body Warn Camera footage of the arrest and low and behold saw the female Co-op/Explorer was inexplicably present at Adam Doe’s arrest. I immediately knew who she was when I saw the footage based upon other photos and documents I had in my possession, but it was necessary to confirm it was her which I did.
To confirm the identity of the female Co-op I reached out to Public Safety PIO Michele Anderson who gave me confirmation.
I should note that although I am most certainly Persona Non Grata with Chief Meidl, and despite his efforts to kill the messenger thus far Ms. Anderson has been as transparent and upfront with me as is possible in her position.
This story along with the SPD PACT stories is developing and I will keep you informed as best I can.
I REPORT YOU DECIDE!!!
A LITTLE BACKGROUND:
“She said several council members are also concerned that the money used to pay for SREC operations, which comes from a one-tenth of 1% tax Spokane County voters passed in 2017, is only designated for new radios and communication towers.”
You are exactly correct Council Member Stratton, but it goes well beyond that from the standpoint of how taxpayers dollars are spent, including how much money to date has been spent by SREC (Formerly SPOCOM) including the amount spent to lay the cables to the proposed new sight and the staffing costs of SREC/SPOCOM.
One of my many character flaws is that I get very suspicious when a government organization supported by taxpayers dollars changes its name.
Another thing that makes me suspicious is when a government organization doesn’t keep the minutes of their meetings up to date so the public can see how their tax dollars are being wasted.
Here is a link to the last publicly available SREC minutes:
Ooops…Brandi Peetz missed yet another meeting…who would have guessed.
Anyone who took the time to go back and study all the minutes of SREC/SPOCOM would easily identify that it has been a CLUSTER from the beginning, and there is no accounting of where they have spent all of our money.
Anyone with any sense before making any decisions, including laying off staff like Teresa Sanders and Mayor Condon have done would request that an audit of SREC/SPOCOM be done which very easily could be a predictor of how tax dollars would be spent for an emergency communications center by the same people who entirely control SREC/SPOCOM.
“Stratton said she also is concerned that there may not be enough money from the tax to pay for the communication centers and emergency communications infrastructure long-term.”
Exactly right Council Member, but how could you possibly project long-term costs when you don’t have a clue because of all the secrecy of what the costs of this CLUSTER will be in the next two years let alone “long-term”?
SOME MORE BACKGROUND:
“Reinke recently retired as the director of the Deschutes County 911 Service District, where police officers have faced emergency communication issues for months after the county switched from an old radio system to a new digital system. Police filed an Occupational Safety and Health complaint in December, saying the new system performed so poorly it was putting lives at risk.”
Yes, indeed Teresa Sanders and Mayor Condon would like people to completely forget about the past failures of Steve Reinke, even though they are very easy for reporters to document.
One would think that Steve Reinke who is the Executive Director at Spokane Regional Emergency Communications would want to show up during Spokane City Council Study Sessions when SREC/SPOCOM is a topic for study…but he doesn’t and the study sessions and the input is limited to Mayor Condon, Teresa Sanders, and of course Gavin Cooley (Affectionately known around City Hall as GFG).
Why doesn’t Reinke show up? Maybe it is because the CC might ask some tough questions?
Of Course, SREC/SPOCOM and Reinke made it very plain to the City Council that they don’t want the City Council to know anything or representation from elected officials other then of course…hold your horses…their “subject matter expert” Ozzie Knezovich.
Mayor Condon, Teresa Sanders, as well as Chief Brian Collins would just love to have the public and the City Council believe that all the Fire Chiefs are on board with everything SREC/SPOCOM does, but nothing could be further from the truth. As a matter of fact the Inland Empire Fire Chiefs Association, is not on board with everything SREC/SPOCOM is doing and want any questions the City Council might have for them to go directly through them unfiltered by SREC/SPOCOM apparently because of some issues with trust.
There is absolutely no question in my mind that this entire taxpayer funded CLUSTER is being pushed by the Spokane County Commissioners with the assistance of Mayor David Condon, who by the way will be looking for another job pretty soon (County Commissioner?), Teresa Sanders, GFG, and a “subject matter expert”.
“I want someone who has a full understanding of a metro-policing model,” Condon said. “I think this is a good time to relaunch the search.”
Apparently Mayor Condon learned nothing from his stupid hiring of Frank Straub.
Let me just also add to this quote from Lori Kinnear in Rebecca White’s story.
“In theory, we all agree that integration is a good idea, but the devil is in the details,” Kinnear said.
Will you ever get up to speed on Public Safety Issues?
If the City Council doesn’t do something to slow this freight train down it will be the inevitable CLUSTER this summer right in the middle of fire season, and ultimately be yet another burden on the taxpayer.
I REPORT YOU DECIDE!!!
The ongoing battle between factions trying to get Washington State Legislator Matt Shea removed from office and those supporting him hit a new low on April 30, 2019 at 6:17 PM when an individual who utilizes various Fake Facebook Accounts posted on an Anti-Shea Facebook Group started by Media Sources Tanner Rowe and Jay Pounder shortly after they reported issues with Shea to the Media.
The name of the Facebook Group is “Inland Northwest Politics, Issues, and Events”.
Inland Northwest Politics, Issues, and Events has a somewhat eclectic membership which includes some progressive folks, conservative folks, and indeed gun aficionados.
It is the gun aficionados on both sides that worry me, we sure as heck don’t want a shooting war breaking out.
Unfortunately, the Facebook Post falsely accusing “Shea’s crew” of committing a Felony brought out some of the gun aficionados in the Rowe/Pounder corner, and Tanner Rowe dangerously helps to exacerbate the situation and encourage those folks.
If you went to the link I provided above to the Inland Northwest Politics, Issues, and Events Group you might wonder what the heck I’m talking about. The act is that the FB Page has been scrubbed and former member Jen Anderson has been removed since I exposed that the post was a lie and the poster a FAKE.
You can get a feel for how I exposed the truth on my FB Page. The Fake Facebook account of “Jen Anderson” has of course also been deleted and the “Jen Anderson” comments don’t show up currently, but I do of course have a complete record. It was probably a good idea to do all the scrubbing since it is my understanding that lawyers are now involved, but if it gets to Court if will all be discoverable anyway including the details of the Fake FB Account.
Here is a small portion of my documentation:
Exposing the Fake and the Lie on my FB Page: