Friday Oct 23, 2020

" The Challenge of Police Reinventing Themselves"

Sue Rahr

Executive Director Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission

Introduced by: Ann Norman

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Sue Rahr, the Executive Director of the Criminal Justice Training Commission for the State of Washington and previously Sheriff for King County, will address an issue that is extremely germane to her present role. The mission of the Criminal Justice Training Commission, through their training academy, is to produce “guardians of democracy” who serve and protect instead of “warriors” who conquer and control. Executive Director Rahr will discuss this program as well as the challenges of changing both the behavior and images of our law enforcement professionals as our police departments work to reinvent themselves.

Time: The Zoom session will open at 7:00am for members to socialize . The meeting will start a 7:30am sharp, so please connect a few minutes before the meeting so we can all be together for the Inspirational Moment and Pledge.

Note: For security reasons the Zoom link is not posted on our club website. You will receive an email with the Zoom link tomorrow, Thursday. Please contact Club Administrator Kim Dreiblatt ( or text 425-444-7906) if you are unable to find the email containing the link or would like to join us as a guest.


About the Speaker

Sue Rahr is the Executive Director of the Criminal Justice Training Commission for the State of Washington. She was appointed as King County Sheriff by outgoing Sheriff Dave Reichert after he was elected to the US House of Representatives in 2005. The first woman to hold the position, she was elected for her first full term in November, 2005. In 2009, she ran for reelection unopposed and garnered over 97.45% of the vote. She retired as Sheriff to serve as Executive Director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center on March 31, 2012. Sue began her career with the King County Sheriff's office in 1979.

A native of Laramie Wyoming, Sue earned her BA in Criminal Justice from Washington State University, graduating cum laude. She also attended the National Sheriff’s Institute and Federal Bureau of Investigation National Executive Institute.

Sue and her husband Bill live in Bellevue.