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Press Release

Department of Justice Statement on Seattle Police Department Monitoring Plan

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington

After extensive and productive conversations with the parties and working hundreds of hours with members of the Seattle Police Department, the Monitor has submitted a plan that provides clear guidance and certainty for SPD’s reform efforts.  The Monitoring Plan details the requirements and deadlines for new policies and training, the Monitor’s role in assuring compliance under the Settlement Agreement, and, ultimately, what success looks like.

The Monitor has proposed a process for the development of policies and training that allows for significant collaboration among the parties and for critical community input.  The community must have faith and confidence that the reforms Seattle agreed to are implemented fully, efficiently, and effectively.

In an effort to avoid unnecessary distractions or delay, the Department of Justice will expedite its final review of the Monitoring Plan and anticipates filing its notice of approval with the Court soon.

Updated March 24, 2015