Spokane Police Abuses: Past to Present

The People of Spokane vs. Law Enforcement Abuse, Impunity, Corruption, and Cover-up

Alan Chertok — Spokane Area Law Enforcement Personalities of Note #3

Posted by Arroyoribera on December 2, 2007

Alan Chertok came to Spokane, Washington in 1998 with great credentials — Fulbright Scholar in UK Police Studies and US Navy Intelligence Officer. He had also worked on the East Coast as a police officer. But that year, 1998, he ran up against a challenge that even he could not surmount when he became the Chief of Police of the Spokane Police Department. Nine months later, the people of Spokane paid him $65,000 to resign and that was the end of that.

Chertok is now an attorney operating out of Kennewick, Washington. He is also an instructor for OPSEC, a LaConner (Washington)-based outfit providing SWAT, para-military, military, and police special units training, as well as training for mercenaries.

(Note: Chertok does not mention having been the Chief of Police of Spokane in his on-line resume).



May 28, 1999
Embattled police chief quits
Spokane Police Chief Alan Chertok resigned Thursday, accepting a buyout of $65,000 after just nine months in office. His term had been filled with turmoil. Chertok had been under fire by police union officials who criticized him as an ineffective leader, and he was under investigation by sheriff’s detectives for comments he made to a high school class about Spokane’s serial killer investigation. Chertok also has received a harsh job evaluation from City Manager Bill Pupo. Some community leaders said Chertok had been forced out unfairly.




May 27, 1999Spokane Serial Killer – Spokane’s Police Chief Alan Chertok resigned following the furor resulting from an off-the-cuff remark to a high scchool class in which he said his predecessor, former chief Terry Mangan, had been identified as the suspected serial killer. Mangan, who now works for the FBI and was never seriously considered a suspect, was not amused by the comment.


Bad Trick: the Hunt for Spokane’s Serial Killer — page 81-83 (includes photos of Chertok, Mangan, and Sterk)


Body Count — Mangan did it (page 239)


Spokane Anchorman Sues Station That Fired Him

A popular Spokane, Washington anchorman has indicated he will wage an all-out battle to fight his ouster from station KHQ, charging in a complaint that management of the station conspired to “destroy” him. Seventeen-year veteran Randy Shaw was fired last month following “a claim of harassment by a co-worker, ” believed to be Shaw’s former co-anchor, Penny Daniels. As reported in Friday’s Spokane Spokesman Review, Shaw’s lawyers are demanding that the station produce all written complaints against him by station staff members, including Daniels. They are also demanding to see employee gripes “regarding Daniels and her reporting on former Spokane Police Chief Alan Chertok while she was dating him.”



(Newport News, Virginia) Police, however, stopped short of calling Green a serial killer. They said the pattern of the three killings does not fit a serial profile.“This one doesn’t even come close,” he (Major Alan Chertok) said.




OP-SEC, LLD — http://www.opsecllc.com/qualifications/alan.php — Click on names of Chertok’s OPSEC colleagues below for an idea of the company former SPD police chiefs keep after they retire…




Alan Chertok, Associate Instructor

Alan Chertok has over 31 years of law enforcement and military service. He served in a department of over 1,700 officers and retired as a captain. From there he went on to become the Chief of Police. Alan has served in as an Intelligence Officer for the United States Navy. For several years, Alan worked as an agent in the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and distinguished himself during his work overseas. Currently he is a practicing attorney in a highly respected law firm.

Alan’s background:

Law Enforcement Training / Consulting

  • New Mexico State Police Academy
  • Metropolitan Police Academy, Washington DC
  • Prince George’s County Police Academy
  • Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Basic Agents Course
  • Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Standards
  • Assessor, Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)
  • Crisis Negotiator, Baltimore
  • US Department of Justice, International Criminal Investigative Training and Assistance Program
  • US Department of State, Office of Diplomatic Security, Anti-Terrorism Program

Civilian Education

  • Juris Doctor, Gonzaga University Law School
  • Fellow, J. William Fulbright in UK Police Studies. (Competitive equivalent to FBI National Academy)
  • M.A., Central Michigan University

Professional Memberships

  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Police Executive Research Forum
  • Life Member, J. William Fulbright
  • International Association of Law Enforcement Planners (IALEP)
  • Member, Naval Reserve Association


Phone : 360.202.8725
email : info@opsecLLC.co



WSBA Lawyer Profile

Member Name Alan Chertok WSBA Bar # 34957
Firm or Employer   Admit Date 6/11/2004
Address Confidential per WSBA bylaw.
Article XIII, Section B. 6.a. (12).
Status Active
Phone Confidential
Fax Confidential
Private Practice  
Has Insurance?
Last Date Reported  

Only active members of the Washington State Bar Association, and others as authorized by law, may practice law in Washington.

Chertok, Alan
1030 North Center Parkway Suite 201, Kennewick, WA 99336, (509) 943-6691

Lawyer name: Chertok, Alan Attorney
Address: 1030 North Center Parkway Suite 201
City, State, zip code: Kennewick, Washington, 99336
Expertise: Attorneys
Phone: (509)943-6691
Fax: (509)735-6470
Internet site: www.hvslaw.com
Email: hvslaw@hvslaw.com






Aircraft Incidents and Accidents

Saturday, September 4, 1999 11:30 AM PDT

Probable Cause Narrative
The pilot’s improper flare. Factors include a runway that sloped uphill, and the pilot’s failure to familiarize himself with the destination airstrip prior to departure.
Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The pilot was flying into a private strip that he had not familiarized himself with. Although he was not aware of it, the runway he was landing on sloped uphill. Because of the upslope, the pilot misjudged his flare and impacted the terrain hard enough to cause substantial damage to the aircraft.
Event Information
Aircraft Involved





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