Officers Use Crisis Training, Less-Lethal Tools When Teen With Knife Tries to Force Police to Shoot Him

Seattle police used crisis intervention training, negotiation tactics, and less-lethal tools to take a 17-year-old into custody Wednesday after he armed himself with a knife and confronted officers outside his family’s Greenwood home.   Police received a call just before 4 PM from the teen’s family, who said the boy was distraught, possibly on narcotics, and was wielding an 8-inch butcher’s […]
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Teen Arrested for Firing Gun, Pistol-Whipping Woman in Columbia City Fight

Officers arrested a teenager Tuesday night after he pistol-whipped a woman and fired a shot at a another teen during a fight in a Columbia City park. Witnesses began calling 911 at 8 PM when they saw two teenaged boys fighting at the Rainier Playfield basketball courts. When the teens briefly separated, one boy pulled out a handgun.  A 34-year-old […]
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Chief O’Toole: SPD Continuing Assessment and Improvement of Demonstration Management Practices

Today, I provided this letter to our partners at the Community Police Commission, after receiving their feedback (PDF) on SPD’s demonstration management practices: Thank you for continuing your work to gather and provide feedback from our community. Enhancing community trust is of paramount importance to the Seattle Police Department, and I genuinely value our relationship with the Community […]
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