US Government, Office of Independent Investigations
What is OII?
In 2021, The Washington state Legislature passed House Bill 1267 to create the Office of Independent Investigations (OII). This is in response to the demand for change from the community over Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) deaths resulting from encounters with law enforcement. The law requires these use of deadly force investigations to be truly independent of the involved law enforcement agency.
OII will define a new approach to investigating use of deadly force incidents, removing conflicts of interest and improving accountability, transparency and the public’s confidence. Doing so will strengthen the relationship between police and the community while building public trust and promoting effective policing.
All OII staff will help establish and pursue the intent of the OII to foster trust between law enforcement and communities most impacted by police use of force incidents. Thus, in addition to homicide investigation training and training on officer-involved matters, OII staff will also support trust building efforts and be trained in the history of racism in policing, tribal sovereignty, implicit and explicit bias, intercultural competency, a racial equity lens, anti-racism and undoing institutional racism. OII is committed to fostering community relationships and support for impacted families.
As the Forensic Manager you will lead the agency’s Forensic Investigations Unit which coordinates heavily with the Regional Investigations Teams and the Washington State Patrol forensics services. You will plan, direct and coordinate collection, analysis documentation, preservation and reporting of evidence from incident scenes.