The Seattle Community Police Commission (CPC) launched a first-of-its-kind public dashboard today tracking the implementation of the landmark 2017 Accountability Ordinance. The Accountability Ordinance Tracker shows that Seattle’s police contracts are the main reason the law has not been fully implemented.
Police contracts are the greatest impediment to police accountability law
Thirty-two accountability reforms in the Ordinance remain unimplemented due to those police contracts negotiated with the city’s police unions. Those 32 reforms represent some of the most critical police disciplinary reforms in the entire Ordinance, including provisions that:
- Create strong policies in areas often abused by police officers, like secondary employment or “moonlighting;”
- Allow for full civilian investigations of police misconduct;
- Close loopholes police officers used to avoid discipline; and
- Fix Seattle’s broken police disciplinary appeals system that still has unresolved cases dating back to 2016.
These accountability provisions are necessary to ensure that police officers who have committed misconduct and done harm to our community are held responsible. Without them, public faith and trust in the Seattle Police Department and Seattle’s police accountability system will continue to diminish.
“This data shows that police contracts remain among the top impediments to police accountability. This should act as a wake-up call to elected leaders in Seattle and across Washington State. We must both demand Seattle leaders fully implement the Accountability Ordinance and ensure Washington State law guarantees communities have strong police accountability systems moving forward.”
CPC Co-chairs Katherine Seibel, Douglas Wagoner, Rev. Harriett Walden
Using the Accountability Ordinance Tracker
The Accountability Ordinance Tracker is part of the CPC’s ongoing efforts to make Seattle’s police accountability system more accessible.
Earlier this year, we launched the Police Accountability Recommendation Tracker (PART), which gives the public unprecedented, up-to-date information about recommendations made by Seattle’s police accountability system. Together, these trackers detail the work done by the CPC and others to improve the Seattle Police Department and Seattle’s police accountability system since 2017, as well as the status of those efforts today.