Community Advisory Committee on Law Enforcement Oversight
Adopted March 24, 2017
The Community Advisory Committee on Law Enforcement Oversight is an advisory committee to the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) which provides input on policies, procedures and practices relating to policing in King County based on personal experience, community feedback and knowledge attained through service on the committee.
The committee also advises the King County Sheriff’s Office and the King County Council on matters of equity and social justice related to law enforcement and on systemic problems and opportunities for improvement within the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO).
Committee members act as liaisons between OLEO and King County's communities. This includes conducting outreach to communities served by KCSO and exchanging information about public perceptions and concerns relating to KCSO.
Committee members advocate on behalf of OLEO to the County Council, the County Executive, the Sheriff’s Office and the community.
King County Code 2.36.050: Citizens' committee on independent oversight.
A. The executive shall appoint, subject to council confirmation, a citizens' committee on independent oversight to advise the director of the office of law enforcement oversight, which is created under K.C.C. chapter 2.75, on policies, procedures and practices relating to officer misconduct, discipline and other responsibilities of the director of the office of law enforcement oversight.
B. The committee shall include eleven members of the public who represent the geographic, ethnic and economic diversity of the sheriff's service area. The committee shall consist of three members representing cities that contract with the sheriff for law enforcement services, four members shall represent unincorporated King County and four members shall be selected at-large. The committee members shall be appointed for three-year terms, subject to reappointment for additional terms.
C. The committee shall make recommendations to the director regarding:
1. Misconduct and discipline policies, procedures and practices of the sheriff's office;
2. Policies, procedures and practices related to other responsibilities of the director of the office of law enforcement oversight; and
3. Public perceptions of the sheriff, the sheriff's deputies and their roles and functions in the community.
D. The committee shall also serve as a means for the director of the office of law enforcement oversight to communicate with King County's diverse communities. The communication should increase accountability and public understanding of the misconduct and discipline policies, procedures and practices of the sheriff's office and other issues related to the director of the office of law enforcement oversight's responsibilities.
E. The committee shall not review or advise the director of the office of law enforcement oversight on individual complaints, investigations or disciplinary actions. (Ord. 17284 § 1, 2012: Ord. 16511 § 8, 2009: Ord. 15611 § 9, 2006).