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Seattle’s Police Accountability System

History

The City of Seattle began civilian police oversight in 1992 with the establishment of a civilian auditor to independently review Seattle Police Department internal investigations. The City extended this oversight in 2002 by creating a three-part civilian oversight system, which included the civilian-led OPA, OPA Auditor, and a three-member OPA Review Board.

Current System

On June 1, 2017, Seattle City Council passed Ordinance 125315 to overhaul Seattle's police accountability system. The legislation implemented a three-pronged oversight system comprised of the existing OPA, a new Office of Inspector General for Public Safety (OIG), and a now-permanent Community Police Commission (CPC). Together, all three entities work to generate public trust in SPD by upholding a culture of accountability and adherence to policy and constitutional law.

Seattle Police Accountability System

Police Accountability Legislation

View additional information on the Guiding Documents page.

Office of Police Accountability

Gino Betts, Director
Address: 720 3rd Avenue, 18th Floor, Seattle, WA , 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34986, Seattle, WA , 98124-4986
Phone: (206) 684-8797
opa@seattle.gov
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