King County Sheriff’s Office reform plan is approved

September 19, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 19, 2012

Officials adopted a plan to reform the King County Sheriff’s Office as the agency assesses critical reports about use of force, misconduct and citizen complaints.

In a unanimous decision Monday, King County Council members approved legislation to established benchmarks and a timeline to implement reforms at the sheriff’s office.

The legislation calls for the sheriff to take specific actions and meet certain deadlines to implement the recommendations raised by recent reports.

The sheriff must report back to council on measures of progress on meeting the recommended reforms.

“Moving forward with reform is critical to improving accountability and addressing the issues identified in the reports,” Councilman Bob Ferguson said in a statement. “While the overwhelming majority of our law enforcement officers serve with distinction and act honorably, we must make sure the sheriff’s office’s internal review processes are meaningful and deserving of the public’s trust.”

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