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The Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) holds the King County Sheriff’s Office accountable for providing fair and just policing services. Through its independent review of Sheriff’s Office complaints, OLEO seeks to instill confidence and public trust in the integrity of Sheriff’s Office internal investigations and in the effectiveness and professionalism of its employees.

OLEO conducts outreach to the communities the Sheriff’s Office serves, issues public reports and makes recommendations to the Sheriff’s Office and the King County Council on policies and practices. OLEO represents the interests of the public when conducting our work, which includes: 

  • Independent review of internal misconduct investigations 
  • Systemic reviews of Sheriff’s Office policies, practices and training, with recommendations for improvements 
  • Attending critical incident scenes, such as officer-involved shootings 
  • Engaging King County’s communities for input and feedback 

OLEO conducts direct outreach to community members by attending town halls, community meetings and festivals in areas served by the Sheriff’s Office. OLEO also has a citizens’ committee that provides input on policies and practices relating to policing in King County. Committee members act as liaisons between OLEO and the communities served by the Sheriff’s Office to exchange information about public perceptions and concerns relating to the Sheriff’s Office. The members advocate on behalf of OLEO to the County Council, the County Executive, the Sheriff’s Office, and the public. The committee also advises the 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 Sheriff’s Office.

OLEO collaborates with the Sheriff’s Office to offer an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)  program to resolve disagreements by talking through an issue with a neutral third party facilitating the discussion. It is an alternative to the traditional complaint and disciplinary process that must be entered voluntarily by both parties and allows the parties to resolve complaints themselves, rather than depend on the judgment of others.

OLEO’s jurisdiction is composed of all the places served by the Sheriff’s Office, including services in unincorporated areas of King County, King County airport, Metro, Sound Transit, and the partnering contract cities of:

  • Beaux Arts
  • Burien
  • Covington
  • Kenmore
  • Maple Valley
  • Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
  • Newcastle
  • North Bend
  • Sammamish
  • SeaTac
  • Shoreline
  • Skykomish
  • Woodinville

OLEO serves all people who live or work in these areas, or use public transportation.