Spokane Police Abuses: Past to Present

The People of Spokane vs. Law Enforcement Abuse, Impunity, Corruption, and Cover-up

Boise Office of the Community Ombudsman

Posted by Arroyoribera on August 6, 2007

[I would urge every Spokane citizen to investigate different models of independent community oversight of the police. There are other models. This model–the Boise model–was brought to the attention of Spokane citizens in early 2007 through a series of events sponsored by the ACLU, the League of Women Voters, and PJALS. As of today, despite the usual lip service by politicians, Spokane still has no oversight of the police nor any plan on the horizon. Please immediately contact your U.S. and Washington state senators and representatives, the U.S. Department of Justice (for what that is worth), and the media, as well as the office of the Governor and the Spokane city council to demand intervention at whatever level it is required to ensure that Spokane law enforcement is quickly submitted to civilian accountability.]

Boise Office of the Community Ombudsman


About Us

On July 20, 1999, the Boise City Council officially established the Office of the Community Ombudsman. This office was established to investigate complaints of misconduct against Boise City police and law enforcement officers. The ombudsman’s office is independent from all other City departments and reports directly to the Mayor and City Council. In addition to investigating misconduct, the Office of the Community Ombudsman seeks to ensure that police policies and practices reflect the needs of the community.

Our Policy and Procedures

Ordinance 5930 (Establishing the Office of the Ombudsman)

Ordinance 6093 (Amendment to Ordinance 5930)

The community ombudsman provides information through radio, newspapers, television, and presentations at schools and community meetings. Please contact us if you would like to have the ombudsman speak to your group or attend a community meeting.

Meet Your Community Ombudsman

Meet the Staff

Learn About The History of the Public Sector Ombudsman

In the interest of better law enforcement we welcome your:

  • Commendations
  • Complaints
  • Constructive Criticism
  • Suggestions

For your convenience, please complete a contact form to have a member of our office contact you.

2006 Annual Report of the Boise Office of the Community Ombudsman


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