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Frequently Asked Questions

Learning about OLEO

OLEO has oversight authority over the administrative investigation of complaints regarding alleged misconduct by any King County Sheriff’s Office employees. These investigations are conducted by the Sheriff’s Office Internal Investigations Unit. OLEO certifies whether the investigations were conducted thoroughly and objectively.

The Sheriff’s Office primarily provides police services in unincorporated areas of King County, King County airport, Metro, Sound Transit, and the partnering contract cities of:

  • Beaux Arts
  • Burien
  • Covington
  • Kenmore
  • Maple Valley
  • Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
  • Newcastle
  • North Bend
  • Sammamish
  • SeaTac
  • Shoreline
  • Skykomish
  • Woodinville

The Sheriff’s Office and OLEO serve all people who live or work in these areas, or use public transportation. Services such as helicopters and bomb disposal available to all King County residents.

Sheriff’s Office personnel include King County deputies, communications center staff, King County Superior Court marshals and certain building security screeners.

No, OLEO is an independent agency in the legislative branch of King County. Its director is appointed by the King County Council.