City OPA Oversight to Increase
posted by September 24 at 15:05 PMon
Legislation sponsored by Nick Licata increasing police-oversight reporting requirements passed unanimously at today’s meeting of the city council. The legislation will require both the police chief and the director of the Office of Professional Accountability, which investigates civilian complaints about officers, to explain in writing when they disagree about recommendations for officer discipline. It will also require the OPA director to report any disciplinary measures that were not taken because the 180-day window for officer discipline (written into the police union’s contract) expired. Both changes have been opposed by the police guild and by Mayor Greg Nickels.