The City of Seattle on Monday, May 22, 2017 passed a historic ordinance creating a three-part system of oversight of the Seattle Police Department. The three parts include a revised version of the Office of Police Accountability, within the police department, a new Inspector General, and a revised version of the Community Police Commission, which had been created under the consent decree with the U.S. Justice Department. The ordinance passed unanimously.
Sam Walker commented that “This is breaking new ground nationally and it is a very exciting experiment.” No other city or county in the U.S. has three separate forms of police accountability.
The OPA was a unique insider/outside form of oversight when it was established several years ago. Inspectors General, also known as police auditors in other jurisdictions, exist in San Jose and New York City. The Community Police Commission is a relatively new concept that has also been mandated by Justice Department consent decrees in Cleveland and Portland, Or.
Read the Seattle Times story: Seattle 2017Ordinance Seattle Times
Read the City Council Press release: Seattle 2017Ordinance CityCouncilRelease