National Police Week, Making All The Right Moves, Immigrant Family Institute

National Police Week

We commemorated National Police Week through local events honoring fallen officers, our Honor Guard hosted the Peace Officers Memorial and the Mariner’s saluted SPD. Our officers provide a service day in and day out to keep people safe, which also means putting their own lives at risk. They do this with pride and an unwavering commitment to our communities.

Chief Carmen Best throws out the first pitch.

Officer’s Preston Turk and Joshua Vaaga deliver the game ball. They were first to respond to the scene when the Ken Griffey Jr. statue was vandalized.


Immigrant Family Institute

The Immigrant Family Institute (IFI) is an 8-week program that brings together immigrant youth, their parents/guardians, and Seattle police officers to learn from each other. The 2018 program will run from March 24 to May 12. IFI succeeded the former Refugee Women’s Institute.

Photo Credit: Inye Wokomo

KING 5:  Seattle police build trust with immigrants in high-crime neighborhood

KOMO: Immigrant families, Seattle police officers celebrate program that brought them together

Univision: Díalogo entre policia, jovenes inmigrantes y sus padres en Seattle


Ramadan Kareem

Ramadan Kareem to our Muslim Communities in Seattle and around the world!

The month-long journey of fasting and prayer encourages spiritual growth, reflection, and compassion for those who are less fortunate. It is a time of community, when Muslims gather with family and friends to pray and share iftar, the evening meal.

Muslim Seattleites help make Seattle the strong, diverse, and inclusive city it is today. Let us take the opportunity to honor the many cultures, traditions, and beliefs that make Seattle a wonderful place to live.

On behalf of the Seattle Police Department, I extend my best wishes to our Muslim communities. May this Ramadan bring you much peace, unity, and happiness.


Detective Cookie Bouldin Helping Kids Make All The Right Moves

The Puget Sound Association of Phi Beta Kappa selected Detective D. Cookie Bouldin to receive their 2018 Pathfinder Award Thursday during their luncheon at the Seattle Yacht Club. It honors those who encourage others to seek new worlds to discover, pathways to explore, and untouched destinations to reach. She was selected for this award for starting Detective Cookie’s Urban Youth Chess Club, where youth have fun playing chess, a positive activity that develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and teaches youth about the consequences of their actions and improves their self-esteem. The chess club meets every Tuesday after school at the Rainier Beach Library and Saturdays at the Rainier Beach Community Center from noon to 2 p.m.

VIDEO: Dozens of 5th-graders take part in annual Urban Youth Chess Tournament

READ: Seattle Times “Planning chess moves, piece by piece


Briefing on Hate Crimes

Law enforcement officials outlined best practices for investigating and responding to hate crimes. Panelists included our own Assistant Chief Marc Garth Green and officials from the Justice Department, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Boston Police Department. This event was the first panel of U.S. Commission on Civil Rights day-long public briefing on hate crimes and other bias-related incidents

VIDEO:  Briefing on Hate Crimes, Panel 1  

SPD Bias/Hate Crime Data


Lung Force Walk

SPD Mounted Patrol, K-9 Unit, Arson/Bomb Squad and Mobile Precinct was on hand at the Lung Force Walk to help raise awareness about lung cancer. Cancer is a disease that has affected many of our families and loved ones, including those here at SPD. The SPD team raised the second highest amount at this year’s walk.