Seattle's Office of Professional Accountability Review Board (OPARB) announces ten key recommendations for restructuring and strengthening the Board's role in Seattle's Civilian Oversight System.
Set against the backdrop of the recent Department of Justice findings, experienced facilitator, Jay Rothman, presented a report and recommendations about ways to empower the community, open constructive lines of communication and implement a concrete plan using such a process in Seattle.
On June 16, the Board adopted a proposal for a Collaborative Process between police and the community modeled on a process begun in Cincinnati ten years ago. The process brought together various sectors of the community and the police during a very painful time. The Board will be looking for partner organizations in the community to implement this plan.
Later in December two board members met with members of the Seattle Police Officers Guild to hear officers' and sergeants' opinions on the issue of civilian oversight of the accountability system. The board members were greeted by a capacity crowd with courteousy and professionalism. Guild members are interested in a clear definition of serious misconduct and in having minor complaints handled by line supervisors. The board will continue to engage the police department bargaining units regarding a fair and transparent accountability system.
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