March 16, 1999
MEDIA CONTACT: Barb Chamberlain, 509/358-7527,
NEWS CONTACT: Dick Cottam, Spokane Police Department, 509/625-4456,
SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Western Regional Institute for Community Oriented Public Safety at Washington State University at Spokane and the Spokane Police Department are presenting a weeklong workshop, "The Responsible Community: Towards Public Safety Partnerships," April 19-22.
        Nationally known speakers from a half dozen states will focus on community policing and community governance at the conference on criminal justice issues. The conference will be held at the Ridpath in downtown Spokane.
        Intensive training sessions will address such topics as school security, assistance for older victims of crime, emotional impacts facing police officers, cultural awareness and diversity, and victim advocacy.
        More than 300 persons from throughout the nation are expected to attend the conference. They will include law enforcement officials, academicians, policymakers, community leaders and other interested citizens.
        Conference sponsors are the Western Regional Institute for Community Oriented Public Safety at WSU Spokane, WSU Spokane, the Spokane Police Department and the City of Spokane.
        The registration fee is $65 before March 19 and $95 until April 19. One-day registration is $35. For more information, including a registration form, contact the Spokane WRICOPS office at 509/358-7950,, or go to the web page at <>.


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