Office of Police Accountability Review Board Subject Files, 2000-2013

Overview of the Collection

Office of Professional Accountability Review Board
Office of Police Accountability Review Board Subject Files
2000-2013 (inclusive)
0.6 cubic feet, (2 boxes)
Collection Number
Records from a board established for police oversight.
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2062337807
Fax: 2063869025
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Office of Professional Accountability Review Board (OPARB) was created in 1999 as an independent office within the Seattle Police Department by Ordinance 119825. The intent was to ensure that Seattle police abide by the the laws, ethics, and policies governing their actions. Three members were elected by City Council for two years; these elected members must include a lawyer, an individual with criminal justice experience, and one person with a history of community organizing and outreach. The Board held meetings four times a month to review complaint records, internal investigations, and to answer civilian questions concerning police accountability. Due to new police accountability legislation in 2017, the Office of Professional Accountability Review Board was disbanded and reformed as two separate divisions: the Office of Police Accountability and the Community Police Commission.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Records include civilian complaints concerning the police and the review board, internal correspondence, and memoranda from the police department. Also included are various reports including the report of the civilian auditor, quarterly and annual reports, and commendations and complaints reports, as well as biographical information about board members (2002) and the history and origin of OPARB.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Office of Professional Accountability Review Board Subject Files, Record Series 9365-02. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 OPARB History and Details 2003-2008
1 2 Civilian Complaints 2002-2011
1 3 Quarterly Reports 2002-2003
1 4 Media Articles 2002-2005
1 5 Legislative Publications 2000-2002
1 6 Internal Correspondence 2002-2006
1 7 Fall 2013 Annual Report 2013
1 8 OPA Reports 2003-2012
2 1 NACOLE 2008-2009
2 2 ACLU 2002
2 3 Outreach 2011
2 4 OPA Director: Sam Pailca 2003-2004

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Police--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Police-community relations--Washington (State)--Seattle

Corporate Names

  • Seattle (Wash.). Police Dept.

Geographical Names

  • Seattle (Wash.)