General Order 5.1

Last Revised: 03-01-2017


This order consists of the following numbered sections:

5.1.1    Liaison with criminal justice agencies

5.1.2    Liaison with other law enforcement agencies

5.1.3    Liaison with other City departments

5.1.4    Liaison with elected officials

5.1.5    Referral to medical, mental health and social service agencies

5.1.6    Liaison with community agencies

5.1.1 Liaison with other elements of the criminal justice system

Department members are encouraged to build and maintain effective working relationships with representatives of other elements of the criminal justice system in order to promote a more just, effective, and efficient system

5.1.2 Liaison with other law enforcement agencies

I.    The Department will provide assistance to other law enforcement agencies and/or their officers when their official business requires the exercise of police authority within the boundaries of the City.

II.    The Department will assist outside agencies with service of out-of-jurisdiction warrants and summons within the City, provided the requesting agency makes provisions for timely transport of arrestees to an appropriate custodial facility.

III.    In situations where the Department assists or cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in surveillance, stakeout, vice or narcotics operations and enforcement action is likely, Department involvement will be with prior approval of the Watch Commander or his/her designee.

A.    The Investigations Lieutenant will monitor any long term surveillance, stakeout, vice or narcotic cases conducted in the City by other law enforcement agencies for possible local liability,;

B.    If assistance or cooperation is requested by an outside agency in fresh vehicular pursuit of a suspect within our City, Department participation in the operation shall be governed by the Olympia Police Department policy on vehicular pursuits.

IV.    The Chief of Police (or designee) meets monthly with law enforcement executives of the other Thurston County law enforcement agencies to exchange information of mutual interest.

V.    Department employees are encouraged to participate in regional work groups when staffing levels and budget permit and with supervisory approval.

5.1.3 Liaison with other City departments

The Department will work jointly with other City departments in projects of common interest whenever possible.

5.1.4 Liaison with elected officials

The Chief of Police (or designee) liaises with City elected officials to foster communications and to assure common understanding of policing issues and policies.

5.1.5 Referral to medical, mental health and social service agencies

I.    Employees are expected to be familiar with the programs offered by the medical, mental health and social service agencies and to utilize those services as necessary to provide assistance to community members

II.    Referral to an appropriate service agency should be based on sound discretion using one or more of the following criteria to guide the decision:

A.    Assessment of the subject’s need through discussion or observation;

B.    Request by the subject or the subject’s relatives for specific assistance;

C.    Clear necessity for immediate aid (e.g., inability to care for self, evidence of serious physical or mental illness, etc.).

III.    Medical services are provided for persons in custody.

5.1.6 Liaison with community groups and agencies

I.    Department officers and employees will establish working partnerships with community groups and agencies to assist in identifying and solving community problems.

II.    The Department employees will, whenever possible, participate in committees, panels and boards sponsored by community groups and agencies.