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OPA Director Pierce Murphy will speak at a summit in Baltimore with other national experts to address pathways to strengthening civilian oversight of the Baltimore Police. With the support of the Foundation to Promote Open Society, the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) and the Baltimore Office of Civilian Rights and Wage Enforcement Civilian Review Board (CRB) this one-day workshop will focus on information presented on best practices in civilian oversight - including the work done by Director Murphy with the Seattle Police Department.
Learn more here: Pathways to Strengthening Civilian Oversight of the Baltimore Police

The Office of Professional Accountability is an independent office within the Seattle Police Department (SPD) which investigates complaints of police misconduct made by members of the community and complaints made internally by members of the Seattle Police Department. 


The mission of the OPA is to provide for civilian oversight of the complaint process; to promote public awareness of and full access to that process; and to advance accountability within the Seattle Police Department.


All public contacts are documented by OPA and evaluated to determine how best to respond. Every allegation of misconduct by an SPD employee goes through an extensive review process and is independently investigated.

Learn more about the complaint process


The structure of the OPA was designed to ensure objective, thorough and transparent investigations. All OPA investigations are reviewed by an independent Auditor. The Office of Professional Accountability Review Board furthers the mission of the OPA and assures public trust in the process.

The Auditor is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. The role of the Auditor is to ensure the thoroughness, fairness and timeliness of the OPA investigations. The Auditor reviews all the OPA complaints and investigations, reviews and assesses Police Department policies and practices, and makes recommendations accordingly.

The Office of Professional Accountability Review Board (OPARB) consists of 7 members appointed by the City Council. The OPARB's mission is to provide community oversight and awareness of Seattle Police Department practices and its employee accountability system. The OPARB works with the OPA to implement its mission.