Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

New Agency Takes Shape to Investigate Fatal Police Encounters

July 2022 Bar Bulletin 

By Roger Rogoff, Director, Washington State Office of Independent Investigations

Washington is poised to be a national leader in police reform, initiating the first truly independent statewide agency to conduct civilian-led investigations of police use of deadly force in the country — an agency unconnected to any police department or prosecutor’s office. It is both an honor and a privilege that Governor Jay Inslee appointed me as the first director to lead this new agency. The role is one that I accept with humility, where I acknowledge that a daunting journey is ahead. I am beyond excited to take this responsibility.

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