Volunteer Opportunity: BLPD Independent Investigation Team
Posted on 07/06/2020
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. One of the requirements for independent investigations is that at least two non-law enforcement community representatives assist with aspects of the investigation process.

Pierce County law enforcement leaders, including Bonney Lake, have created a multi-agency Independent Investigative Team (ITT) to investigate all police use of deadly force incidents regionally in Pierce County. Each regional team is required to create a roster of individuals willing to serve as a non-law enforcement community representative.

The Bonney Lake Police Department is seeking a member of the Bonney Lake community who is willing to serve as a non-law enforcement community representative if an independent investigation becomes necessary. The duties of the community representative shall include: A) vetting, interviewing, and selection of ITT investigators; B) reviewing conflict of interest statements from investigators; C) attending briefings with the involved agency’s chief or sheriff; D) having access to the investigation file when it is completed; E) receiving a copy of all press releases and communication to the media prior to release; and F) reviewing notification of equipment use of an involved agency.

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 is desirable.

If you are interested, please submit a letter of interest describing your background, community involvement and interest in serving as a citizen representative to the City of Bonney Lake, ATTN: Human Resources, 9002 Main St., Suite #125, Bonney Lake, WA 98391 no later than close of business on Friday, July 10, 2020.

If you would like additional information or have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Chief Bryan Jeter at 253-863-2218.