What We Do

Core Functions

OPA's authority and responsibilities include:

  • Establishing and managing processes to initiate, receive, classify, and investigate individual allegations of SPD employee misconduct
  • Promoting public awareness of, full access to, and trust in the complaint investigation process
  • Identifying SPD system improvement needs and recommending effective solutions
  • Helping reduce misconduct and enhancing employee conduct


OPA is physically and operationally outside of SPD but within it administratively. This ensures complete and immediate access to all SPD-controlled data, evidence, and personnel necessary for thorough and timely complaint handling.

Vision, Mission, and Values


To safeguard a culture of accountability within the Seattle Police Department


To ensure the actions of Seattle Police Department employees comply with law and policy by conducting thorough, objective, and timely investigations, recommending improvements to policies and training, and engaging in collaborative initiatives that promote systemic advancements



  • Make decisions based on the consistent application of facts, policies, and laws
  • Maintain neutrality and exercises impartial judgment
  • Ensure all viewpoints are heard and respected


  • Maintain honest and open communication with all stakeholders
  • Communicate process, reasoning, and conclusions
  • Remain accountable to vision, mission, and values, both internally and externally


  • Build meaningful and cooperative working relationships
  • Solicit and values the community's perspective and expertise
  • Work with system partners on initiatives to advance accountability and improve Department policies and training


  • Set the national standard for police oversight agencies
  • Explore ways to improve processes and services
  • Data-driven and research focused

Office of Police Accountability

Gino Betts, Director
Address: 720 3rd Avenue, 18th Floor, Seattle, WA , 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34986, Seattle, WA , 98124-4986
Phone: (206) 684-8797
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