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King County Office of Law Enforcement Oversight Publishes Community Guide to King County Sheriff Complaint Process

king county, king county office of law enforcement oversight, king county oleo, king county sheriff's officeThe King County Office of Law Enforcement (OLEO) announced today that it has published a Community Guide to the King County Sheriff’s Office Complaint Process to help the public understand how complaints are handled by the Sheriff’s Office. OLEO regularly receives community member questions, concerns, and complaints related to law enforcement and has experienced a surge in inquiries over the past few weeks.

“The complaint process can be surprisingly complicated,” said OLEO Director Deborah Jacobs. “OLEO developed this guide to help complainants and the public-at-large understand how the Sheriff’s Office reviews concerns raised by the community, and OLEO’s role on behalf of the public.”

The publication provides graphic guidance to understand the routing and review of complaints, which come both from the public and from Sheriff’s Office personnel. It also highlights the role oversight plays in advocating for thorough, objective and timely investigations.

The Community Guide to Sheriff’s Office Complaint Investigations can be downloaded here.

Learn more about OLEO and the complaint process here.

OLEO plans to partner with community-based organizations to share the guide, facilitate community education, and to translate the guide. The office also works with an on-demand phone translation service to ensure language isn’t a barrier to the complaint process and notes that complaints can be filed anonymously by anyone – even if not directly involved in an incident.


The above is a press release from the King County Office of Law Enforcement Oversight.  The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified its contents and encourages our readers to personally verify any information they find may be overly biased or questionable. The publication of this press release does not indicate an endorsement of its contents. 

One Comment

  1. Joe Joe June 29, 2020

    How about you take a map and section of communities and then you randomly select a group of citizens from each community to investigate and judge the officers that work in that community that way cops aren’t being investigated by other cops can you say conflict of interest I new you could and maybe then officers would be afraid to act like a lot of them do as it is if they are abusing there power they know all that is going to happen is they get a paid vacation while there buddies are saposed to be investigating brothers in blue through and through

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