What steps is the Woodinville Police Department taking to ensure officer accountability and prevent incidents like what happened in Minneapolis from occurring in Woodinville?

    All Woodinville Police Officers receive 40 hours of crisis intervention training, as well as 3 days of de-escalation and 8 hours of implicit bias training. These trainings are updated annually. This is above and beyond what is required by Washington State. The Woodinville Police Department is anticipating deployment of body-worn and in-car cameras in the near future. King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht provides more details here.

    The Woodinville Police Department doesn't hire officers with violent histories. That includes adult felony convictions and adult misdemeanor convictions for crimes involving theft or violence, as well as any instance of require registration as a sex offender, regardless of conviction status. Rigorous background investigations are conducted prior to offering employment. We always do our very best to hire the best qualified candidates. 

    The City of Woodinville is committed to building and earning the trust of the Woodinville community and reducing the use of force wherever possible.

    How many of the #8cantwait policies does the Woodinville Police Department have?

    The WPD believes it is very close to having all 8. Here's look at how our policies compare.

    A full list of policies can be found here: King County Sherrif's Office General Orders Manual (section 6.00.000).