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.  Click here to read the full report.