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Pursuant to OLEO’s authority under K.C.C. 2.75.040(D), OLEO conducts systemic reviews of the Sheriff’s Office’s trainings, policies and practices, and makes recommendations for improvements to the Sheriff’s Office and the County Council. Below is a list of recommendations OLEO has provided to the Sheriff’s Office on new policies or policy revisions.

The most recent version of King County Sheriff’s Office General Orders Manual (GOM) can be found here.

Policy Number (GOM) Policy subject Policy issues / recommendation Date KCSO notifed KCSO response to OLEO recommendations
GOM 5.00.055(4), (5) Searches of Opposite Sex See OLEO Memo 7/6/2017
GOM 17.20.000
Investigations of Sexual Assault by Patrol See OLEO Memo 6/20/2017 Partially adopted. KCSO included most information on victims of sexual assault and the forensic exam advisements, but did not include the "one-liner" examples that officers could utilize. 
GOM 5.01.015 Spit Hood See OLEO Memo 6/21/2017 Not adopted.
GOM 5.08.025(6) Persons in Behavioral Crisis KCSO was revising the GOM to comply with a new state law, RCW 71.05.457.
See OLEO Memo
6/21/2017 Not adopted. However, OLEO's memo prompted an additional review and revisions of the policy by KCSO.
GOM 5.05.020 Assisting federal immigration (ICE) officials KCSO proposed to add language directing that ICE not be allowed in KCSO facilities solely for immigration enforcement. OLEO recommended that "in KCSO facilities" be changed to "in KCSO custody." OLEO made this recommendation to include situations where a person is in KCSO custody but not in a KCSO facility, such as a medical facility, patrol car, etc. 7/21/2017 Adopted
GOM 6.00.015 Use of Force and Medical Treatment OLEO proposed a policy encouraging officers to provide aid to persons injured during a use of force incident.

See OLEO Memo
11/3/2017 Partially adopted. KCSO adopted OLEO substantive policy language, but removed specific examples of aid to provide.