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King County Sheriff

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   King County Sheriff

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Call (206) 296-3311 24-hours to report a neighborhood problem or a crime that is not an emergency.


King County Courthouse
516 Third Ave
Room W-150
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 296-4155
TTY Relay: 7-1-1
sheriff@kingcounty.gov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sheriff’s Office investigates all allegations of employee misconduct and alleged violations of policy, procedure, or law.

Complaints about the validity of a traffic citation or criminal arrest should be heard by the courts. We will be happy to direct you to the appropriate court.


How Do I File a Complaint?

You may file a complaint in person, by phone, online, or by mail. A form is available at each King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) location and on our web site. If you live in one of our contract cities, you may also submit your complaint to the city police chief, a supervisor, or a city official.

Emailed complaints should be sent to our Internal Investigations Unit at iiu.sheriff@kingcounty.gov. or by phone at (206) 263-2525.

This e-mail address is for filing of complaints regarding allegations of misconduct by Sheriff’s Office employees only. Complaints not related to the conduct of Sheriff’s Office employees must be filed with the communications center at (206) 296-3311.

Who Will Investigate My Complaint?

A supervisor or an investigator assigned by the Internal Investigations Unit will investigate your complaint. You will be given the supervisor’s or investigator’s name and phone number. You can call this person if you have questions or concerns.

What Happens After I File a Complaint?

The person investigating your complaint may ask you to give a written statement in person or by telephone. With your permission, the statement
may be recorded. You may be asked if you know the name of the employee(s) involved. You may also be asked:

  • To describe what happened; 
  • To provide the names of potential witnesses; 
  • To allow us to photograph any injuries or property damage; and 
  • To consent to the release of medical records that are associated with your complaint.

How Long Will the Investigation Take?

We try to complete every investigation within thirty business days of receiving the complaint. If we cannot do so, we will notify you.


How Will I Learn the Results?

When the investigation is complete, we will send a letter to you that explains the results. We also notify the accused employee of the outcome.

If your complaint is sustained by factual evidence, the Sheriff’s Office may discipline the employee or employees. If you are not satisfied with the Sheriff’s Office investigation, you can contact the King County Ombudsman’s Office.

Additional Information Regarding 2013 Complaints

More information regarding sustained and unsustained complaints is available in our 2013 Internal Investigations Unit Report.

Alternative Formats

This part of our web site is also available as a print brochure. Contact the King County Sheriff’s Office at (206) 263-2525 if you would like
a copy of the brochure.


File a Complaint

You may file a complaint in person, by phone, by mail, or by email. A form is available at each KCSO location and on our web site. If you live in one of our contract cities, you may also submit your complaint to the city police chief, a supervisor, or a city official.

Email: iiu.sheriff@kingcounty.gov.
Phone: (206) 263-2525
Find a location near you


Complaint Form

If you choose to complete this document electronically, please be sure to save a copy of the pdf to your computer before and after filling in the form fields.

PDF (17K)


King County Ombudsman

If you are not satisfied with the Sheriff’s Office investigation, you can contact the King County Ombudsman’s Office. They will research the matter on your behalf.