In compliance with chapter 139-12 of the Washington Administrative Code, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is soliciting members of the public who are willing to participate as non-law enforcement community representatives on our Independent Investigation Team. Please fill out the following form with your name, address, and contact phone number. We ask that you please also provide a brief bio and/or resume.
The chiefs and sheriffs who sign a written agreement to support and participate in the IIT shall appoint:
• At least two nonlaw enforcement community representatives who have credibility with and ties to communities impacted by police use of deadly force.
Standards for the transparency of an independent investigation:
• The names of the members, supervisors, commanders, and nonlaw enforcement community representatives on the IIT will be available to the public.
• A minimum of two nonlaw enforcement community representatives will be assigned to each IIT to:
a. Participate directly in the vetting, interviewing, and/or selection of IIT investigators.
b. Review conflict of interest statements submitted within seventy-two hours of the commencement of each investigation by the investigators;
c. Be present at the briefings with the involved agency(s) chief or sheriff;
d. Have access to the investigation file when it is completed;
e. Be provided a copy of all press releases and communication to the media prior to release; and
f. Review notification of equipment use of the involved agency.
The nonlaw enforcement community representatives must sign a binding confidentiality agreement at the beginning of each police use of deadly force investigation that remains in effect until the prosecutor of jurisdiction either declines to file charges or the criminal case is concluded.
If the confidentiality agreement is violated, the nonlaw enforcement representative may be subject to prosecution under RCW 9A.76.020 (Obstructing a law enforcement officer) and chapter 10.97 RCW, Washington State Criminal Records Privacy Act. For the purpose of this chapter, "criminal background information" is the same as "criminal history information" as defined in RCW 10.97.030(4).
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