File #: 23-1005    Version: 1
Type: discussion Status: Filed
File created: 11/9/2023 In control: Social Justice & Equity Commission
Agenda date: 11/20/2023 Final action: 11/20/2023
Title: Discuss Community Oversight of Law Enforcement


Discuss Community Oversight of Law Enforcement


Recommended Action

No Action Requested.




Whether to discuss Community Oversight of Law Enforcement.


Staff Contact:

Stacey Ray, Director of Strategic Planning & Performance, Office of Strategic Initiatives 360.753.8046



Stacey Ray, Director of Strategic Planning and Performance

Kathryn Olson, Change Integration Consulting

Deputy Chief Sam Costello, Olympia Police Department


Background and Analysis:

The Social Justice & Equity Commission’s Work Plan includes developing a recommendation for City Council’s consideration on community involvement in law enforcement. This agenda item will include presentation and facilitated discussion to support Commissioners in learning about and discussing the attributes of community involvement and oversight in law enforcement. 


Climate Analysis:

This project is not expected to have an impact on greenhouse gas emissions.


Equity Analysis:

The process to develop a final recommendation will engage community members with a diversity of lived experiences and perspectives, including marginalized community members and those who have been impacted by policing. The recommendation should address ensuring processes are accessible to all; investigations are fair, thorough, objective and without bias; transparency and accountability; and improved policies, practices and training.


Neighborhood/Community Interests (if known):

Community groups, those most impacted by policing and underrepresented community groups have requested more community involvement in law enforcement with a goal of building trust and legitimacy in the City’s public safety system.



1.                     Have the discussion.

2.                     Do not have the discussion.

3.                     Have the discussion at another time.


Financial Impact:

The estimated cost for this project is $90,250 and is appropriated in the 2023 operating budget.