Upon receipt by Internal Affairs, complaints are reviewed for potential violations of the Spokane Police Department Code of Ethics (PDF 365 KB)and are classified as an investigative inquiry or for formal investigation. In general, inquiries are questions about employee conduct which, even if true, would not qualify as a personnel complaint. Investigative inquiries are not subject to certification however pursuant to Spokane Municipal Code Section 04.32.030 (I), the Ombudsman may appeal the classification to the Chief of Police and, if necessary, to the Mayor.
After investigation by the police department the investigative file will be returned to the ombudsman to certify whether the report is thorough and objective. Ombudsman findings may include:
Once certified, the report is sent to the Chief of Police for disposition. See Spokane Police Department Policy Manual, § 1020.7 (updated June 6, 2022 – PDF 2.3 MB)
To assist in identifying where complaints are occurring, the Office of Police Ombudsman has categorized complaints according to the City's legislative districts where the complaints occurred.
Office of Police Ombudsman
1st Floor, City Hall
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201
Regular Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday through Thursday
Police Ombudsman Attorney