Independent Investigative Team-Community Rep. Wanted

Independent Investigative Team – Community Representatives Wanted

Added 8-5-2020:  We are still in need of two King County Milton residents to be apart of the Independent Investigative Team. If interested, please submit a letter of interest describing your background, community involvement, and interest in serving as a citizen representative to the City of Milton, Attn: Trisha Summers. This can be done via mail or email, 1000 Laurel Street Milton, WA 98354 or tsummers@cityofmilton.net

Following the passage of Initiative 940 the Washington State legislature passed SHB 1064 requiring that all police use of deadly force that results in death, substantial bodily harm, or great bodily harm requires an investigation completely independent of the involved agency. The new law in Washington State is called the Law Enforcement Training and Community Safety Act (LETCSA). One of the requirements for independent investigations is that at least two non-law enforcement community representatives participate in the independent investigation process.

Pierce and King County law enforcement leaders (including Milton) have entered into a written agreement to create a regional multi-agency Independent Investigative Team (IIT) to investigate all police use of deadly force incidents in Pierce County. Per the new law, the Chiefs and Sheriffs of each regional team shall create a roster of citizens willing to serve as non-law enforcement community representatives.

The Milton Police Department is seeking to identify two members of the Milton (Pierce County) Community and two members of the Milton (King County) Community willing to serve as non-law enforcement community representatives if/when an independent investigation becomes necessary. If selected, the non-law enforcement community representatives would be required to sign a binding confidentiality agreement at the beginning of the police use of force investigation that would remain in effect until the conclusion of that investigation.  Further, community representatives will be provided training on use of force and best practices involving use of force. This is a non-compensated, volunteer position of significant importance. Credibility with and ties to communities impacted by police use of deadly force in Milton is desirable.

If interested, please submit a letter of interest describing your background, community involvement, and interest in serving as a citizen representative to the City of Milton, Attn: Trisha Summers by 4pm on July 15, 2020. This can be done via mail or email, 1000 Laurel Street Milton, WA 98354 or tsummers@cityofmilton.net

If you have any questions or if you desire more information, please contact Police Chief Hernandez at thernandez@cityofmilton.net.