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Record No: CB 118969    Version: Council Bill No: CB 118969
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
Final Action: 6/1/2017
Ordinance No: Ord 125315
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to civilian and community oversight of the police; adding a new Chapter 3.29 to the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC); recodifying Subchapters VII, VIII, and IX of Chapter 3.28 of the SMC as Subchapters I, II, and III of Chapter 3.29; amending or repealing sections in Chapters 3.28, 4.08, and 14.12 of the SMC; and concerning Ordinance 118482.
Sponsors: M. Lorena González , Sally Bagshaw, Tim Burgess, Bruce Harrell, Lisa Herbold, Rob Johnson, Debora Juarez, Mike O'Brien
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note v2, 2. Summary and Fiscal Note v1, 3. Amendment 1 (added; 5/22/17), 4. Amendment 2 (added; 5/22/17), 5. Amendment 3 (added; 5/22/17), 6. Amendment 4 (added; 5/22/17), 7. Amendment 5 (added; 5/22/17), 8. Amendment 6 (added; 5/22/17), 9. Amendment 1 (added 5/19/17), 10. Amendment 2 l (added; 5/19/17), 11. Accountability Companion Draft Resolution (added; 5/19/17), 12. Amendment 1b to CB 118908 (added; 5/19/17), 13. Att 1 - Police Accountability Legislation Summary 5-16-17 (added; 5/19/17), 14. Att 1 - Police Accountability Legislation summary Revised 5/22/17 (added; 5/23/17), 15. Att 2 - Police Accountability Companion Resolution Summary 5-16-17 (added; 5/19/17), 16. Att 3 - Accountability Supplemental Budget CB 118908 summary (added; 5/19/17), 17. Presentation (added 5/17/17), 18. Signed Ordinance 125315, 19. Affidavit of Publication
Related files: CB 118907, CB 118908

CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL ___________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to civilian and community oversight of the police; adding a new Chapter 3.29 to the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC); recodifying Subchapters VII, VIII, and IX of Chapter 3.28 of the SMC as Subchapters I, II, and III of Chapter 3.29; amending or repealing sections in Chapters 3.28, 4.08, and 14.12 of the SMC; and concerning Ordinance 118482.
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WHEREAS, The City of Seattle has a long history of police reform, and the recommendations of blue ribbon panels dating back to the 1990s resulted in the creation of the current police oversight structure which includes the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA), the OPA Auditor, and the OPA Review Board; and
WHEREAS, The City of Seattle recognizes the need to have effective, constitutional policing and a police department that has the trust, respect, and support of the community; and
WHEREAS, having constitutional policing requires a strong oversight system that takes into account the voice and values of the community that is being policed; and
WHEREAS, an essential element of a strong oversight system is a disciplinary system that prevents misconduct by engaging in thorough and timely civilian-led investigations that engender public trust and confidence; and
WHEREAS, a disciplinary system, with the Chief as the final arbiter, that metes out fair, impartial, and swift discipline commensurate to the wrongdoing will reduce misconduct and ensure and maintain a culture of accountability and adherence to policy and constitutional law; and
WHEREAS, it is The City of Seattle's intent to ensure by law a comprehensive and sustainable independent oversight system that guarantees a police department that has the trust and confidence of the community and respects the constitutional rights of the people of Seattle; and
WHEREAS, policing that aligns with Seattle community values, needs, and expectations has been an ongoing go...

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