OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County and Douglas County Sheriff’s Offices are looking for community volunteers to serve as Non-Law Enforcement Community Representatives to assist their departments with review, selection and assessment issues.
“The Non-Law Enforcement Community Representative does not serve as an investigator, but rather assists with the review of independent investigative team member qualifications, selection of team members, and assessing potential conflicts of interest,” said Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley in a media release. “This volunteer position is designed to enhance community trust and increase transparency at all stages of a Special Investigations Unit (SIU) independent investigation.”
The SIU is comprised of law enforcement investigators and command staff from the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Wenatchee Police Department, East Wenatchee Police Department, and the Washington State Patrol. SIU’s purpose is to investigate officer-involved uses of force that result in great bodily harm or death. The agency involved in the incident under investigation is removed from the process.
A complete list of duties of a Non-Law Enforcement Community Representative can be found in chapter 139-12 of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) online at https://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=139-12. Volunteers must be legal residents in the county in which they apply.
Those interested in volunteering may contact the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office at okanogansheriff.org or obtain an application online at OCSO_VolunteerApplication03_2020_pdf. Completed applications can be emailed to email@example.com, or mailed to:
Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office
Attn: Sheriff Tony Hawley
123 N. Fifth Ave., Room 200
Okanogan, WA 98840
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at douglascountysheriff.org has a link under Community Resources to view a Volunteer Application.
The first applicant review date for both sheriff’s offices is 3 p.m., Friday, April 24.
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