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Podcast: On Being a Police Officer Episode 32: Officer Stacy Roark with Spokane PD's Behavioral Health Unit's co-deployed model

Ep. 32 Joining me is Officer Stacy Roark who has been in law enforcement for 30 years. He is currently with the Spokane Police Dept. in the Behavioral Health Unit which uses a co-deployed model for responding to persons in mental crisis. Officer Roark rides with a mental health professional (MHP), Jenny Mandin from Frontier Behavioral Health. We talk about the calls they respond to and how they get people the help they need with the goal of keeping them out of jail or the hospital.

I’ve previously discussed the co-responder model on the podcast in which officers call for a clinician to come to the scene, but this is the first time I’ve discussed the co-deployed approach in which the officer and clinician ride together. I have made it a point to cover these response models to show the lengths to which law enforcement goes to help persons in mental crisis.

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Podcast: On Being a Police Officer Ep. 33 Spokane Officer Stacy Roark and Clinician Jenny Mandin

Ep. 33 I continue my conversation with Spokane PD Officer Stacy Roark. In Ep. 32, we started with an overview of Officer Roark’s 30-year career in law enforcement. We also talked about his current role on the Behavioral Health Unit and as a negotiator. Joining us is Jenny Mandin, a mental health professional with Frontier Behavioral Health. Officer Roark and Jenny are co-deployed to respond to persons in crisis. We discuss how this pairing works, the calls they respond to and the role each of them plays in assessing each person’s needs. Their goal is to connect people with services and keep those who do not need to be in jail or in the hospital out of both. I also discuss with Jenny what she’s learned about law enforcement, the challenges officers face and why it is important for the safety and protection of everyone involved that she respond with law enforcement to these calls.

I have talked about the co-responder model in the podcast, but in these two interviews, it is the first time I have covered the co-deployed approach. And it is the first opportunity I’ve had to speak with a mental health professional to get insight on training and approach.

Behind the Badge Foundation Presents Police Suicide: Know the Warning Signs

Behind the Badge Foundation invited you to a one-day training addressing the epidemic of suicide within the Law Enforcement profession. Learn how to detect and respond to warning signs to prevent unimaginable tragedy within your agency. Register HERE.

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Rep. Rick Larsen on recent Line of Duty Death Officer Dan Rocha

Line of Duty Death - Everett Police Officer Dan Rocha

It is with tremendous sorrow we inform you of the line of duty death of WACOPS member, Everett Police Officer Dan Rocha. Officer Rocha was killed in the line of duty in service to the community on March 25th. The words are hard to find. Please pray with us for Dan's family, his brothers and sisters in the Everett Police Department, and all our WACOPS members. Gone but not forgotten. RIP.

From the Everett Police Department...

Thank you to our community for the outpouring of support you have shown us since Officer Rocha was killed in the line of duty. For those in the community who would like to honor Officer Rocha, we have set up a memorial in front of our North Precinct (3002 Wetmore Ave). We invite the public to leave flowers, messages, or any means of support they would like to show.
The memorial service for Officer Dan Rocha will be held on Monday, April 4th at 1:00 p.m. at, Angel of the Winds Arena located at 2000 Hewitt Ave, Everett WA 98201. The service will be open to the public. Further details will be released as they become available.
The official memorial fund to support Officer Rocha’s family and memorial costs is now available. Please visit for news, memorial fund information, and once available memorial information.

Line of Duty Death - Pierce County Deputy Dominique "Dom" Calata

It is with a sorrow so great that words simply cannot express it that we inform our members and friends of the line of duty death of Pierce County Deputy Dominique "Dom" Calata on 3/15/22. Please pray for Deputy Calata and his family, friends, and fellow brothers and sisters at the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. Gone but not forgotten. Rest in peace.

From the Pierce County Sheriff's Department...

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Line of Duty Death – Vancouver Officer Donald Sahota

Dear WACOPS members,
It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the tragic death of Vancouver Officer Sahota.  Officer Sahota was off duty when a person fleeing arrest tried to make entry into his home.  The events that occurred are under investigation.  What we know is that this is a tragedy for all involved.  Our hearts are with everyone impacted.  We send our deepest sympathy to Officer Sahota’s family, friends, and his brothers and sisters of the Vancouver Police Officer’s Guild.  Likewise, we are holding our members with the Clark County Deputy Sheriff’s Guild in our prayers as well.  
RIP Officer Sahota.  Gone but not forgotten.
Be well and be safe, 
Teresa Taylor 
Executive Director

End of Watch: Sgt. Joseph Deccio, Yakima Police Department

It is with heavy hearts that we extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and brothers & sisters in law enforcement for the loss of Sergeant Joseph Deccio, a 15-year veteran of the Yakima Police Department. Joe died in the line of duty on August 3rd after experiencing a significant medical episode.

A Yakima native, Deccio worked for the department for 15 years, serving as a patrol officer, leader of Yakima SWAT’s sniper team, coordinator for the K-9 units and school resource officers, as well as a field training officer. He was a corporal in the Army National Guard and deployed to Iraq as a cavalry scout with the 81st Brigade.

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End of Watch – Detective Jeremy Brown, Clark County Deputy Sheriffs Guild

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we send our prayers to the family, friends, and brothers and sisters in law enforcement after the murder of another WACOPS member at the hands of violent criminals in our state.  As said by Tacoma Local Union #6, “Deputy Jeremy Brown gave the ultimate sacrifice protecting and serving his community and died a hero.”   

The WACOPS Benevolent Fund, an account funded through member contributions, will be sending a check to support funeral related expenses.  Our national partner, the International Union of Police Associations (IUPA), will also be sending a check of support. 

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Welcome Puget Sound Police Managers Association to WACOPS

Please Welcome Puget Sound Police Managers Association to WACOPS

We are so pleased to announce the membership of PSPMA.  PSPMA is made up of Lts., Cpts. and contract city Chiefs for King County.  We enjoyed getting to know the leadership of PSPMA this past session as we worked cooperatively in our Law Enforcement Labor Coalition effecting the trajectory of the law enforcement reform bills.  We look forward to continuing those efforts and more challenges to come. 

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Exciting News! Please Welcome King County Police Officers Guild

It is a tremendous honor to announce that the King County Police Officers Guild Board has elected to rejoin WACOPS.  It’s been a long time since we’ve had the investment of the King County deputies and we are thrilled to welcome them back.  If you have a friend with the King County Police Officers Guild, I hope you will reach out to them and encourage them to get involved.  Please invite them to one of the upcoming meetings, encourage them to participate in the WACOPS Annual Scholarship process, update them on our work, and share why you are a proud member. 

As members of our Law Enforcement Labor Advocacy Coalition this legislative session, KCPOG has worked closely with us on the strategy we launched in response to the reform bills this session.  The leadership of KCPOG is dedicated to the issues and I know they will come to our meetings and actively work with us all as we all fight for the labor rights, pension, and safety you deserve. 

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WACOPS Affiliates with the International Union of Police Associations

After a couple years of consideration and conversation, the WACOPS Executive Board has elected to affiliate to the International Union of Police Associations.  As you know, WACOPS is the voice of law enforcement in WA and by affiliating to the International Union of Police Associations we gain the support and influence of the only union chartered exclusively for law enforcement and law enforcement support personnel. This will only make us stronger.

While IUPA’s officers, active and retired law enforcement, fight to improve the lives of their brothers and sisters in law enforcement, they do so by actively working to improve legislation that protects and affects public safety officers, as well as representing the needs of law enforcement officers and support personnel, whether that be for better equipment, more staff or a fair wage.

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