Independent Investigation Team

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The Pierce County Force Investigation Team (PCFIT) is a team of detectives, forensic investigators, and public information officers from law enforcement agencies throughout Pierce County who investigate use of deadly force incidents involving officers.  The multi-agency team operates under the independent investigation criteria set forth by Washington State Administrative Code 139-12-030 of the Law Enforcement Training & Community Safety Act.

PROCEDURES

PCFIT is committed to the five guiding principles to enhancing public trust in the integrity of independent investigations involving police use of deadly force:

  • Independence
  • Transparency
  • Communication
  • Credible process
  • Credible investigators

The team works under a rigorous set of Standard Operating Procedures & Guidelines to ensure that the investigative process will be performed in a manner that is thorough, fair, complete, and professional while free of conflicts of interest. 

TEAM MEMBERS

The team is comprised of experienced officers with a background in criminal investigations who have received training on basic homicide investigation, interviewing and interrogation, violence de-escalation and mental health training; the team members also participate in annual training on advanced criminal investigation topics. PCFIT members are expected to have a work history free of a sustained finding of serious misconduct and/or a pattern of sustained complaints, and a personal history free of demonstrable bias or prejudice against community members that may be impacted by the police use of deadly force.

COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES

Each law enforcement agency participating in PCFIT has non-law enforcement community representatives who have credibility with and ties to communities impacted by police use of deadly force.  These volunteers were selected through a transparent process, and are required to sign a binding confidentiality agreement at the beginning of each police use of deadly force investigation that remains in effect until the prosecutor of jurisdiction either declines to file charges or the criminal case is concluded.  The community representatives are provided a copy of all press releases prior to release and have access to the investigative file when it is completed.

MEDIA

Once the PCFIT has initiated an investigation, all media releases related to the investigation shall be made by the designated PCFIT Public Information Officer.  The designated PCFIT spokesperson will not be a member of the involved agency.  PCFIT may release information typically on the day of the incident, a weekly press release updating the status of the investigation, and then a final release when the complete investigation has been sent to the prosecutor.  All press releases will be posted on the PCFIT website until the case is concluded.

All public records requests for copies of PCFIT reports must be submitted through South Sound 911.

PIERCE COUNTY FORCE INVESTIGATION TEAM MEDIA CENTER

Press Releases - Puyallup PD - 1/24/23 - 1700 blk E. Main

Press Releases - Tacoma PD - 12/30/2022 - 5700 blk McKinley

Press Releases - Pierce Co Sheriff - 5/12/2022 - 6200 blk 161st St E (Frederickson)

Press Releases - Pierce Co Sheriff - 1/9/22  - Mundy Loss Rd (Buckley) - COMPLETED

Press Releases - Puyallup PD, Fife PD, Bonney Lake PD - 6/7/2021 - 500 blk Valley Ave NE

  1. June 8, 2021 PCFIT 500 block of Valley Avenue NE
  2. June 18 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  3. June 24 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  4. July 1 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  5. July 9 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  6. July 15 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  7. July 22 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  8. July 29 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  9. Aug. 5 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  10. Aug 12 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  11. Aug 19 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  12. Aug 26 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  13. Sept 2 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  14. Sept 9 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  15. Sept 16 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  16. Sept 24 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  17. Sept 30 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  18. Oct 7 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  19. Oct 14 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  20. Oct 21 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  21. Oct 28 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  22. Nov 4 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  23. Nov 11 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  24. Nov 18 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  25. Nov 25 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  26. Dec 2 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  27. Dec 9 2021 PCFIT 7300 blk of 150th ST SW
  28. Dec 16 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  29. Dec 23 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  30. Dec 30 2021 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  31. Jan 6 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  32. Jan 13 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  33. Jan 20 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  34. Jan 27 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  35. Feb 3 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  36. Feb 10 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  37. March 3 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  38. March 11 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  39. March 17 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  40. March 24 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  41. March 31 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  42. April 7 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  1. April 14 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  2. April 21 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  3. April 28 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  4. May 5 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  5. May 12 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  6. May 19, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  7. May 26, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  8. Feb 25 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  9. June 2 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  10. June 9, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  11. June 16, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  12. June 23, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  13. July 1, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  14. July 7, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  15. July 14, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  16. July 22, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  17. July 28, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  18. August 4, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  19. August 11, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  20. August 18, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  21. August 25, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  22. September 1, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  23. September 7, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  24. September 15, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  25. September 22, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  26. September 30, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  27. October 7, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  28. October 13, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  29. October 21, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  30. October 27, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  31. November 3, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  32. November 17, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  33. November 24, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  34. December 2, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  35. December 15, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  36. December 22, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  37. December 29, 2022 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  38. January 6, 2023 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  39. January 12, 2023 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  40. January 19, 2023 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE
  41. January 28, 2023 PCFIT 500 Valley Avenue NE

Press Releases - Pierce Co Sheriff - 1/25/2021 - Meridian Terrace (Graham) - COMPLETED

Press Releases - Tacoma PD - 1/23/2021 - 900 blk Pacific Ave - COMPLETED