Monitor Recommends Adoption of Performance Mentoring Policy
On March 3, 2014, the Monitor recommended approval of consensus policies on a performance mentoring policy. To read the policies, click here.
Federal Judge Approves Seattle Police Department's Crisis Intervention Draft Policies
Please click here to download the policies.
Federal Judge Approves Policies on Voluntary Contacts, Terry Stops, and Bias-Free Policing
On December 31, 2013, the Monitor recommended to the Court that it approve of consensus policies addressing voluntary contacts, Terry stops, and bias-free policing. On January 17, the Honorable James L. Robart formally approved those policies.
To read the policies covering voluntary contacts and Terry stops, click here.
To read the policies on bias-free policing, click here.
To read the Monitor's Memorandum to the Court recommending approval of the policies, click here.
To see the order approving the policies, click here.
Monitor Releases Second Semiannual Report
The Monitor has completed his Second Semiannual Report on the Seattle Police Department. The report, which is required under the terms of the Settlement Agreement between the City of Seattle and the Department of Justice, was filed with the Court on December 15, 2013. It notes that the "past six months has been a period of positive progress," with improvements among the Department's Use of Force Review Board and Crisis Intervention Committee. "Although both have much work remaining, the groups have begun to engage in critical self-analysis to innovate in a thoughtful and dynamic way."
The Monitor also notes that the previous six months has "witnessed significant disappointment and frustration across several areas," including with the Firearms Review Board and the Department's information technology capabilities. It notes "intransigence and an aversion to innovation in some quarters" that has prohibited the SPD from "ma[king] nearly as much progress during this period as the Monitoring Team knows to have been possible."
The report makes several specific recommendations to the SPD on overhauling its use of data and information technology, continuing to improve in its review of use of force, and reforming its review of officer-involved shootings. It also outlines continuing work to be done in the area of OPA investigations, community outreach, and crisis intervention.
Please click here to read the report.