Police Accountability

PJALS is a member organization of SPARC, the Spokane Police Accountability and Reform Coalition.

SPARC meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month at 5:30pm, at 35 W. Main.

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SPARC Mission and Purpose Statement

(as adopted 11/11/10)

Mission

The mission of the coalition is to protect people in the Greater Spokane area from excessive force and other law enforcement abuses.

Reason for Being

The coalition’s work is inspired by numerous documented instances of police misconduct in the Spokane area that have resulted in a pervasive loss of public confidence in the integrity and culture of local law enforcement.

Purpose

The principal goal of the coalition is to repair and instill public trust in law enforcement. The main purpose of the coalition is to bring meaningful civilian oversight, accountability, and transparency to Spokane area law enforcement agencies. The coalition’s objectives include, but are not limited to:

  • Establishing effective independent civilian oversight mechanisms (such as community ombudsmen) that allow for timely and credible independent investigations of alleged police abuse and misconduct;
  • Ensuring that civilian oversight mechanisms also have the power and resources to review law enforcement practices (i.e. use of force protocols), issue public reports, and make recommendations for changes in such practices and policies;
  • Serving as an effective watchdog on local government and civilian oversight bodies to ensure adequate attention, resources, and performance with regard to holding local law enforcement agencies accountable;
  • Changing attitudes and practices that foster a community culture of tolerance and denial when it comes to police misconduct;
  • Changing policies and practices that serve to harass and intimidate victims and witnesses of police misconduct;
  • Promoting effective community policing with strict adherence to state of the art use of force protocols;
  • Securing meaningful commitments from area law enforcement agencies to eliminate racially biased policing;
  • Changing police practices that contribute to the criminalization of poverty;
  • Repealing or changing state laws, as appropriate, to ensure that local accountability and/or reform of law enforcement agencies, including those pertaining to officer discipline, is not restricted or encumbered by state statutes; and
  • Fostering community dialogue for the purpose of building trust between law enforcement and citizens.