- We've posted our 2015 Semi-Annual Report! Read about all of our accomplishments, case statistics and interesting facts.
- Check Complaint Status! If you've filed a complaint or are an employee involved in a complaint, you can track its status using your complaint number provided by OPA. The status will be updated at each stage of OPA's process. Read about what to expect after a complaint is filed here.
- We've created a new page where you can read about and stay up to date on Management Action recommendations. You can read the case summary, the Director's recommendations, the Chief's response and the status of implementation.
- We are posting real-time information about cases! The Closed Case Summaries include information about the complaint, allegations, analysis, findings and discipline.
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.
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.