What's New

On July 12, 2017, Andrew Myerberg was appointed the Interim OPA Director. Andrew comes to OPA from the Seattle City Attorney's Office, where he has been instrumental in the case currently before U.S. District Court Judge James L. Robart between the U.S. Department of Justice and the City of Seattle. Andrew will serve as the Interim OPA Director while the City of Seattle engages in a selection process for OPA Director and Inspector General under the new legislation passed by the full City Council on May 22, 2017 and signed by the Mayor on June 1, 2017. To learn more about Andrew click here.

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. 

OUR MISSION

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.

HOW IT WORKS

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

CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT IN SEATTLE

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.