The focus of this Protocol is the independent investigative process of officer involved deadly force incidents, both criminal and administrative. The integrity of deadly force investigations is the guiding principle in all decisions. This Protocol is not intended to alter or interfere with any agency’s employer-employee relationship reflected in statute or a collective bargaining agreement. Any relevant statutes, case law ruling, department rules and/or policies, or contents of a collective bargaining agreement shall take precedence over this Protocol should the contents of this Protocol conflict.
This Protocol addresses the potential for one of the agency’s officers becoming involved in a deadly force incident, either within or outside of their jurisdiction. This Protocol, in compliance with WAC 139-12-010 and RCW 10.114.011, calls for the use of outside personnel to conduct an independent investigation into officer involved deadly force incidents.
This Protocol and the related procedures are presented for your consideration. It is believed they are sound and take into consideration the major concerns related to officer-involved deadly force incidents and their investigation. Permission is hereby granted to law enforcement agencies in other regions to copy, use, modify, or alter them as needed to address the needs of their region or jurisdiction.
GOALS OF THE SPOKANE INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATIVE RESPONSE (SIIR) TEAM:
To investigate incidents following the Officer Involved Deadly Force Incident Protocol Manual adopted by the below listed Board of Directors and Membership Agencies.
To enhance accountability and increase trust to improve the legitimacy of policing for an increase in safety for all, using the five (5) principals of independent investigations;
Credible process; and
To maximize the availability of the latest technological equipment and techniques to bring about the most professional and transparent investigation using best practices.
To ensure thorough investigations are conducted in a timely manner and independent of the involved agency in all facets (unless no other reasonable alternative exists to their use in the most limited of ways).
To provide an independent investigation of facts to the Prosecutor’s Office for review.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
The Board of Directors of the SIIR shall consist of:
The Spokane County Sheriff or his/her designee
The Spokane Police Chief or his/her designee
The Washington State Patrol Captain assigned to the Spokane District or his/her designee
Representatives of the Prosecutor’s Office and the Medical Examiner’s Office will be invited to all board meetings and their input will be solicited. For voting purposes and decision-making, it will be the majority rule of the Board of Directors.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors will rotate every two years between Spokane Police Department, Spokane County Sheriff's Office, and Washington State Patrol. The Chairman of the Board of Directors shall schedule a meeting of the Board in January of each year. The purpose of the meeting will be to receive a comprehensive report from the SIIR Team Commander concerning activities of the Team over the past year, address issues pertaining to the operation and support of the Team and address changes to the SIIR Team protocol. Special meetings may be called at any time by the Chairman of the Board. Special meetings may also be requested by the SIIR Team Commander.
Airway Heights Police Department
Cheney Police Department
Eastern Washington University Police Department
Liberty Lake Police Department
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
Spokane County Detention Services
Spokane Police Department
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (Spokane County)
Washington State Patrol (Spokane County)
Spokane Independent Investigative Response Team
Lieutenant Jerad Kiehn
Sergeant Andrew Stockman
Sergeant Robert Satake
Detective Michael Drapeau
Detective Scott Bonney
Detective Marc Melville
Detective Nathan Bohanek
Detective Dean Meyer
Detective James Hall
Detective Brandon Wilson
Detective Christina Ennis
Team Assistant Investigator:
Detective Evan Logan
Detective Branson Schmidt
Detective Veronica Van Patten
Detective Christopher Bylow
Detective Darin Schaum
Detective Roman Maier
Detective Tom Walton
Detective Sam Turner
Detective Chris Gunter
SIIR Team Citizen Advisory Board (CAB) Community Members: