News and Announcements

  • May 18, 2021 - Seattle Office of Inspector General issues letter to Chief Diaz about minor traffic offenses.
  • Apr. 15, 2021 - OIG Tweet: The Council on Criminal Justice-Task Force on Policing released a report today with a new set of policy recommendations to boost police accountability for excessive force and other misconduct. https://cutt.ly/7vfseVA. The Council on Criminal Justice is an independent, non-partisan think tank that works to advance understanding of the criminal justice policy choices facing the nation and build consensus for solutions to these challenges.
  • Apr. 2, 2021 - OIG Tweet: NY Times article analyzes police responses to 2020 racial justice protests in cities across the country. https://cutt.ly/Fx3xOtg
  • Mar. 18, 2021 - OIG Tweet: Seattle Municipal Archives has new web pages with history, timeline and resources on the evolution police accountability in Seattle, 1955-today.
  • Feb. 26, 2021 - OIG Tweet: Federal Court Monitor Antonio Oftelie pens an Op-Ed for the Seattle Times on what's next for policing in Seattle in 2021.
  • Feb. 23, 2021 - OIG Tweet: IG Lisa Judge offers preliminary guidance on SPD policy changes for vehicle pursuits after multi-vehicle crash involving police pursuit Feb. 3. (View OIG Memo-Vehicle Pursuits)
  • Feb. 22, 2021 -- OIG Tweet: IG Lisa Judge discusses collaborating with Chief Diaz and SPD on enhanced training and de-escalation techniques for officers after fatal shooting of person in crisis Feb. 16. (View OIG Memo-Persons in Crisis)
  • Feb. 18, 2021 -- PubliCola Article: "Investigations into Police Conduct at Protests Provides Window into Office of Police Accountability."
  • Feb. 5, 2021 -- OIG Tweet: New Court monitor submitted 2021 work plan, acknowledging OIG's ongoing work on reviewing 2020 protest events, and upcoming work on new SPD training & policies, plus SPMA & SPOG contract negotiations. 
  • Jan. 21, 2021 -- Inspector General Lisa Judge talks in depth with Omari Salisbury at Converge Media  about the Sentinel Event Review of the 2020 protests. 
  • Jan. 6, 2021 -- The first SER Panel meets Jan. 10, and begins their work with a Peacemaking Circle session.
  • Dec. 29, 2020 -- Seattle Office of Inspector General Issues OIG's 2021 Work Plan
  • Dec. 18, 2020 -- Seattle Office of Inspector General Issues Audit Report on City's DNA Evidence Handling. Audit recommendations include steps to prevent errors in DNA evidence storage and tracking.