SPOKANE, Wash. — Former Spokane County sheriff John Goldman was recently appointed interim executive director of the Western Regional Institute for Community Oriented Public Safety at Washington State University Spokane.

Goldman led Spokane County’s law enforcement response against the domestic terrorist bombings of several buildings in the Spokane Valley in 1996 and served as emergency services director during Ice Storm. He graduated from WSU Spokane in 1996 with a master’s degree in criminal justice, and received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University in 1973.

Most recently Goldman, who has nearly 30 years experience in law enforcement, has been coordinating a domestic violence project at WRICOPS funded by the Department of Justice ($448,000). Previously he was part of a consulting group doing business as the Public Safety Alliance. Projects included working for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) on the introduction to Washington State law enforcement agencies of a system tracking the use of force. Goldman was instrumental in developing and implementing the concept of Washington’s Law and Justice Planning Councils, which originated with Spokane County’s Confined Population Management and Review Board in the early 1990s.

Goldman describes the WRICOPS goal as leading efforts in the institute’s partner states (Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming) to institutionalize community policing, build trust between communities and assess the capacity of communities to respond to intimate partner violence.

WRICOPS was formed in 1996 under the leadership of WSU Spokane and funding from the United States Department of Justice to extend the community policing partnerships model to the western five-state region of Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota. WRICOPS offers training, technical and organization development assistance and research components.