Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO)
The King County Council created the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) to ensure the integrity, transparency, and accountability of the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) in misconduct investigations and to foster greater community trust in KCSO.
OLEO has been serving the community since October 2011. In 2015, King County voters adopted a charter amendment granting OLEO additional authority. This charter amendment will enhance the role of OLEO’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee to advise and report on the work of OLEO, and to advise the County Council and Sheriff on law enforcement practices, including equity and social justice matters.
What we do:
OLEO receives complaints against the King County Sheriff's Office, monitors the investigation and resolution of those complaints, and determines if internal investigations conducted by the Sheriff’s Office are thorough and objective. The office issues annual reports that provide analysis and recommendations.
OLEO jointly administers a mediation program.
OLEO’s Citizens' Committee on Independent Oversight advises on policies and practices related to civilian oversight and is a key component of OLEO’s community outreach efforts.
What we cover:
OLEO oversight is limited to the jurisdiction of the King County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff's Office serves primarily the law enforcement needs of unincorporated areas and our twelve contract cities (Beaux Arts, Burien, Carnation, Covington, Kenmore, Maple Valley, Newcastle, Sammamish, SeaTac, Shoreline, Skykomish, Woodinville), as well as the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Sound Transit and Metro Transit, and the King County International Airport.