Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I have had a problem with the Seattle Police Department, can you help me?

A. OIR does not handle these issues. Please contact the Office of Professional Accountability at http://www.seattle.gov/police/OPA/default.htm.

Q. I need to get a passport and/or a visa, can you help me?

A. OIR does not handle passports or visas. Please contact the United States Department of State at http://travel.state.gov/ for assistance.

Q. How are sister city relationships created?

A. The City of Seattle currently has a moratorium on creating any new sister city relationships.

The City Council passed a resolution in 1996 adopting a moratorium on new Sister City affiliations due to limited City resources (funding, protocol needs/expectations and manpower). The moratorium allows us to support the quality of our existing 21 Sister City programs.

To view the resolution, log onto http://clerk.seattle.gov/~public/RESN1.htm and enter the resolution number 29897.

Q. I plan to travel to one of Seattle's sister cities and I need help with lodging and travel arrangements. Can you help me?

A. OIR does not handle travel arrangements to our sister cities. Please contact your nearest travel agent.