Community Representative IFIT-KC

Independent Investigation Team (IIT) Non-Law Enforcement Community Representative

Washington’s Law Enforcement Training and Community Safety Act requires that an independent investigation team (IIT) investigate the use of deadly force by a police officer when it results in death, substantial bodily harm, or great bodily harm. The goal is to enhance accountability and increase trust between law enforcement and the community. 

The IIT conducts the investigation in the same manner as a criminal investigation. The IIT will consist of qualified and certified law enforcement investigators and at least two non-law enforcement Community Representatives. The IIT will operate completely independently of any involved agency's administrative investigation to conduct criminal investigations of police use of deadly force incidents.

The Redmond Police Department and City Officials will appoint up to four individuals to a roster. If an independent investigation is required, individuals will be selected from the roster to serve on the IIT. These individuals will need to agree to a background and conflict-of-interest check conducted by the Redmond Police Department.

Final rule making for IITs, including Community Representatives, has not yet been finalized. Applicants should be aware that the final rule making could result in changes to the requirements for community representatives.

This is a non-paid, volunteer position.

Responsibilities of the Community Representatives include:

  • Willingness to serve as a community representative, when called upon, after an officer involved use of deadly force.
  • Participate in selection of IIT certified law enforcement investigators.
  • Attend any relevant orientation or training related to the position, which will be provided at no expense. These will be coordinated between the City of Redmond and the Redmond Police Department.
  • Pass background and conflict-of-interest checks.
  • Review and sign a confidentiality agreement before being appointed to any IIT.
  • Attend any IIT briefings.
  • Review the investigative file when completed. 
  • Review media communications and press releases prior to their release.

Minimum Qualifications

The following are the minimum qualifications for the Community Representatives. At the time of application, the applicant shall:

  • Be a City of Redmond resident.
  • Agree to sign a confidentiality agreement with each investigation.
  • Be able to meet the time and commitment required of an IIT community representative.
  • Be willing to submit to a background check prior to serving on an IIT.

Length of Commitment

Length of commitment to remain on the roster is two years minimum. An individual may or may not serve as an IIT community representative during this time period.

Hours of Commitment

The hours for this position will vary depending on the incident dynamics and the time and location of briefings, meetings and any identified training classes. Community Representatives may be subject to call at various and unpredictable hours to include weekends and holidays.

Supervision Received and/or Exercised

An IIT Community Representative will work with the assigned IIT leadership team (commander or assistant commander). The IIT Commander or Assistant Commander is responsible for ensuring the Community Representative is informed and kept apprised of the investigation.

Training

The Community Representative may be required to attend relevant orientation or training related to the position, which will be provided at no expense.

Selection Process

  1. Interested individuals must apply between Jan. 22, 2021 and 5 p.m. on Jan. 29, 2021.
  2. City Officials will review applications from qualified applicants and select up to twelve for online interviews. Interviews will be completed by Feb. 5, 2021.
  3. City Officials will work with the Redmond Police Department to select up to four individuals to form the roster of individuals available for potential IIT assignments. Redmond Police Officials will notify selected applicants by Feb. 15, 2021.

How to Apply

All interested applicants are invited to attend the virtual information session and to pre-submit questions. 

Thursday Jan. 21, 2021 at 2 p.m. - Virtual Information Sessions with the Chief

Email adennehy@redmond.gov before January 19, to attend and to provide your questions.                           

A resume and letter of interest must be received by January 29, 2021. Please send your application materials to Redmond Police Volunteer Coordinator Aggie Dennehy adennehy@redmond.gov

You may also mail your application materials to: Note the deadline, please mail in sufficient time to be received.

Aggie Dennehy – PSPDA

Redmond Police Volunteer Coordinator

P.O. Box 97010

Redmond, WA 98073

 

FAQs: Independent Investigation Team Non-Law Enforcement Community Representatives

Q: How are the non-law enforcement Community Representatives selected for the IIT? 

A: The Redmond Police Department and City Officials will interview and select up to four individuals willing to serve as non-law enforcement Community Representatives on an Independent Investigation Team (IIT). The Community Representatives will be selected from the roster to serve on an IIT should the need arise.

Q: How can I become a Community Representative? 

All interested applicants are invited to attend the virtual information session and to pre-submit questions. 

Thursday Jan. 21, 2021 at 2 p.m. - Virtual Information Sessions with the Chief

Email adennehy@redmond.gov before Jan. 19, to attend and to provide your questions.                        

A resume and letter of interest must be received by January 29, 2021. Please send your application materials to Redmond Police Volunteer Coordinator Aggie Dennehy adennehy@redmond.gov

You may also mail your application materials to: Note the deadline, please mail in sufficient time to be received.

Aggie Dennehy – PSPDA

Redmond Police Volunteer Coordinator

P.O. Box 97010

Redmond, WA 98073

Q: What is the role of Community Representatives?

A: The appointed Community Representatives are a vital link between the IIT, the community and the investigation. They will eventually participate in the vetting, interviewing and selection of IIT investigators and review conflict of interest statements. They are present at briefings for the involved agency's chief or sheriff; have access to the completed investigation file, review all proposed media press releases, and review any notification of specialized equipment use [WAC 139-12-030(2)(b)].

Q: Do the Community Representatives have to sign any confidentiality agreement? 

A: Yes, Community Representatives appointed to an IIT must sign a binding confidentiality agreement at the beginning of each investigation. 

Q: Will the Community Representatives be subject to a background check?

A: Yes. Community Representatives appointed to be on an IIT will be subject to background and conflict-of-interest checks.

Q: When will Community Representatives be notified of an incident?

A: The IIT Commander will notify the appointed Community Representatives at the first opportunity they can. The early hours of a critical incident are very hectic. Assembling and deploying the independent investigation team takes priority. Community Representatives will be notified after the incident scene is stable.

Q: What is the Community Representative's authority in selecting IIT members?

A: WAC 139-12 states that the Community Representative will "participate directly in the vetting, interviewing, and/or selection of IIT investigators," but regulations for this process are not yet developed. IIT Commanders are encouraged to include them in the process (oral board, application review, etc.). After the panel, the IIT commander will consider the panel's recommendations and select those best suited for the IIT's needs. 

Q: What is the Community Representative's authority regarding press releases?

A: A copy of press releases and communication to media will be provided to the Community Representatives before they are sent. 

Q: How long will Community Representatives remain on the roster?

A: The length of commitment is two years. 

Q: If selected to serve on an IIT, what is my time commitment?

A: The hours will vary depending on the incident. Community Representatives may be called at various and unpredictable hours, including on weekends and holidays. Because Community Representatives will be involved in an active investigation, events are dynamic. Community Representatives will need to respond quickly and, at times, with little warning.

Q: Will I receive training?

A: Community Representatives may be required to attend relevant orientation and training related to the position, provided at no expense. The City of Redmond and the Redmond Police Department will coordinate training opportunities for the Community Representatives.