Performance Audit of King County Sheriff’s Office and Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (2012)
Susan Baugh, Justin Anderson, Ron Perry
Conducted in conjunction with a national law enforcement consulting firm, Hillard Heintze LLC, this audit evaluated the Sheriff’s Office Internal Investigations Unit and assessed the effectiveness of the county’s Office of Law Enforcement Oversight. This audit also included a review of best practices for managing citizen-initiated and internally-generated police misconduct and use of force complaints, and it made 16 recommendations. The Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight agreed with the recommendations. Presented July 24, 2012.
Hillard Heintze, LLC also prepared a separate report on the same subjects. See link below.
Final Report (4.30 MB)
Hillard Heintze Report (73.5 MB)
King County Sheriff's Office Performance Audit (2011)
Larry Brubaker, Cindy Drake, Elizabeth DuBois
The purpose of the audit was to review the operations of the Sheriff's office with an emphasis on identifying efficiencies and cost savings. Presented September 20, 2011.
Report in pdf Format (1,818 KB) Report Summary (69 KB)
Follow-up of 2006 King County Sheriff's Office Misconduct and Use of Force Complaints (2011)
The management letter updates our 2006 King County Sheriff's Office misconduct and use of force complaints analysis. Presented June 21, 2011.
Management Letter (398 KB)
Traffic Enforcement Performance Measures (2011)
This memorandum summarizes the results of the auditor's office review of traffic enforcement performance measures. Presented January 18, 2011.
Memorandum (318 KB)
2006 King County Sheriff's Office Complaint Analysis Follow-up Review (2010)
The management letter discusses the progress made in implementing the improvements identified in the 2006 management letter regarding the King County Sheriff's Office Complaint Analysis. Presented February 2, 2010.
Management Letter (266 KB)
Follow-up on Sheriff's Office Performance Audits: 2002-2005 (2007)
Elizabeth DuBois, Wendy Soo Hoo
The management letter summarizes our follow-up on three recent audits conducted of the King County Sheriff's Office: the 2002 performance audit of the Communications Center, and the 2004 and 2005 performance audits of patrol operations, overtime management, strategic planning, the contract cost recovery model, and management of federal grants. Presented June 26, 2007.
Management Letter (183 KB) Report Summary (22 KB)
King County Sheriff's Office Complaint Analysis (2006)
Elizabeth DuBois, Susan Baugh
The management letter provides information on the nature and extent of complaints and employee misconduct in the King County Sheriff's Office. Issued October 30, 2006.
Management Letter (298 KB)
King County Sheriff's Office: Phase 2 (2005)
Elizabeth DuBois, Wendy Soo Hoo, Bob Thomas
The audit reviewed the KCSO's operational master plan and followed up on implementation of our 2004 recommendations; evaluated the KCSO's contract cost models as applied to the Metro Transit and King County International Airport contracts; and reviewed the adequacy of federal grants management practices. Presented September 27, 2005.
Report in pdf Format (477 KB) Report Summary (27 KB)
King County Sheriff's Office (2004)
Elizabeth DuBois, Bob Thomas, Nancy McDaniel
The performance audit evaluated the Sheriff's Office's patrol staffing, overtime and cost recovery models to determine if they are appropriately designed and managed, and if opportunities exist for improvement or cost savings. Presented September 28, 2004.
Report in pdf Format (627 KB)
Follow-up Review: 2002 Sheriff's Communications Center (2004)
The follow-up reviewed implementation of the audit's recommendations regarding the need for improved workload monitoring, staffing needs analysis, and cost-recovery for contracted services. Presented February 10, 2004.
Management Letter in PDF Format (93 KB)
King County Sheriff's Communications Center (2002)
Elizabeth DuBois, Alessandra Pollock
Assessed efficiency and effectiveness of Communications Center operations including an analysis of workload trends. Presented April 23, 2002.
Report in PDF Format (209KB) Report Appendices (880KB) Report Summary
Sheriff's Office Overtime (2000)
Harriet Richardson, Lisa A. Lusk
The audit reviewed the Sheriff's Office 1998 budget to determine reasons that budget overspending occurred and evaluate the county policies and agency practices that may have contributed to the overexpenditure. Presented August 9, 2000.
Report in PDF Format (1.21MB) Report Summary
Disposition of Firearms (1999)
The study was conducted to determine whether the county's practices in the disposition of firearms are in compliance with state and local laws and to determine the fiscal impact of the county's practice. Presented September 28, 1999.
Report in PDF Format (334KB) Report Summary
Criminal Justice Funding (1997)
Makoto (Mac) Fletcher
The audit reviewed whether criminal justice funds designated to hire new police officers were spent for that purpose. Presented May 13, 1997.
Police Overtime for Court Appearances (1993)
Nancy McDaniel, Susan Baugh, Beckett Thomsen, Ivy Teng
The audit determined the impact of the Fair Labor Standards Act on Dept. of Public Safety court overtime expenditures. The audit also examined strategies for reducing this overtime.
Office of Emergency Management (1992)
Susan Baugh, Nancy McDaniel
This study evaluated the Office of Emergency Management's operations to determine its effectiveness and potential for an enhanced County-wide emergency management function.