By Terry Murry on Thursday, May 13th, 2021 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories
OLYMPIA – Washington State Patrol is seeking people who want to serve as community representatives for the Independent Investigation Team. Those selected will not come from the law enforcement community. Each county will have at least two representatives.
The community representatives will work on investigations within the counties in which they reside. The incidents where use of deadly force by a peace officer results in death, substantial body harm, or great bodily harm now require investigations by the independent team. The goal of that requirement is to enhance accountability and to increase trust.
The representatives should have credibility with and ties to their communities. They will participate directly in interviewing, media communications, and vetting procedures. A successful candidate will pass a background check and take part in training including state law as it governs use of force. They must also be able to maintain a strict confidentiality agreement for each investigation, be at least 21 years of age, and maintain high standards of ethics and integrity.
Application forms are available for IIT Community Representatives on the WSP website where they can be submitted electronically. They must be turned in by May 25.