Seattle Police Department Sets Future Priorities

In November 2016, we released a report outlining our department’s progress over the past two years. It is equally important that we look to the future. Our strategic plan covers the four pillars of policing that will continue to serve as our guiding principles as we move ahead: Enhance Public Trust, Build Pride and Professionalism, […]
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Seattle Police Department Recognizes Two Years of Progress

When I started with Seattle Police Department in June 2014, we were in the early stages of implementing a federal consent decree. Thanks to the incredibly hard work of our department, we have emerged as a leader in reform and constitutional policing. This progress report outlines SPD’s work over the past two years. The highlights […]
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Officer Terminated Following Use of Force Incident

Today, I signed an order terminating the employment of a Seattle Police officer, Adley Shepherd based on his conduct during an incident involving a handcuffed subject on June 22, 2014. The Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) concluded, and I concur, that the employee’s conduct was in stark contrast to the expectations set forth for our officers, […]
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Chief O’Toole on Reform: Significant Progress Made, Still Work Ahead

Today the Federal Monitor filed his latest report highlighting significant progress the Seattle Police Department has made in its reform efforts during the past year. The department continues to make great strides in dealing with persons in mental health crisis with only 1.6% of the 9,300 crisis contacts resulting in reportable force. Furthermore, with regards […]
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Chief Kathleen O’Toole’s Statement on the Attack of Baton Rouge Police Officers

Once again our nation has been rocked by a senseless tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with our brother and sister officers in Baton Rouge, their families, and the communities they serve. In Seattle, we have taken additional safety precautions, both in terms of officer deployment and security at our facilities. We will continue to […]
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“Only in the Darkness Can You See the Stars”

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars,” said Martin Luther King Jr. Last night, in Dallas, these words rang true again. Dallas Police and Dallas Area Rapid Transit officers were providing an escort to a peaceful demonstration, when shots were fired, leaving five of their fellow officers dead. In those moments, knowing they […]
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Chief O’Toole’s Statement On Mass Shooting In Orlando

The Seattle Police Department offers its sincere condolences to all affected by today’s tragic mass shooting in Orlando. I have been in communication with senior officials from the FBI and DHS, as well as our state and local law enforcement partners. While there is no information indicating any specific threat to Seattle, residents can expect to […]
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