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OLEO may receive complaints from any complaining party, including members of the public or employees of the Sheriff's Office. Complaints received by OLEO are forwarded to the Internal Investigations Unit (IIU) of the King County Sheriff’s Office for further review. If a complaint is identified for investigation by IIU, OLEO independently reviews the completed internal investigation and certifies whether it was thorough and objective.

If you wish to file a complaint about an encounter with, or the service received from, a King County Sheriff's Office employee, you may do so in the following ways: 

A complaint may be considered for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) if the allegation could be resolved better through talking and listening rather than through a formal disciplinary process.

More questions about the complaint process and what happens next? See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.