Sergeant Sean Whitcomb


In my seventeen years with the Seattle Police Department, I have patrolled Greenlake, Ravenna and the University District by car, by foot and by bike. I have worked with chemically dependent people in King County Drug Court, served as a Public Information Officer and supervised a squad of officers at the West Precinct. Since 2008, I have had the honor of being the department’s Public Affairs Director.

I have a Speech Communications degree from the University of Washington, which I've put to use blending my love of public service and public relations. I feel like I've come full circle and get to do a job that I truly enjoy.

I enjoy hiking, history, vampire fiction and Nintendo.

Threat of a “Massacre” at O’Dea was a Misunderstanding Between Students

Seattle Police officers and detectives acted quickly to investigate a second hand report of an impending “massacre” at O’Dea High School, resolving the complaint just hours after it was received. Patrol officers received this information via a 911 call around 11:30 last night from a concerned parent. The parent’s teenage son told them that he […]
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Ghost Rider Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing Guns/Explosives

This news release was originally published yesterday. The lead detective in this case is an SPD Detective assigned to the ATF Gun Group. LEADER OF ‘GHOST RIDERS’ MOTORCYCLE GANG PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLEGAL WEAPONS POSSESSION CHARGES Felon had Explosives and a Dozen Firearms in Shed and Storage Locker  A leader of the Ghost Riders motorcycle […]
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What Are You Doing For Night Out?

Pat yourself on the back, Seattle: you shattered last year’s Night Out participation record. A staggering 1,427 different blocks around the city have registered for Night Out—a five-percent increase over last year. So, what’re you doing for Seattle Night Out? Here’s what we (and a few of our friends) have planned tonight: Chief Pugel: I’m going […]
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Man Runs Amok, Police Stop Him

Nine parked cars and two business windows in the Pike Pine corridor met the business end of a red, five foot long metal bar around 7:30 on Sunday night – courtesy of a 44-year old Seattle man. Not satisfied with the more than $5,000 worth of damage he caused, the man set his sights on a coffee shop sign but fell short when intervening […]
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UWPD, SPD, FBI Investigating Nevada Man Arrested With Armor, Guns And Incendiaries

At 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, officers from the University of Washington Police Department observed a pickup truck on campus that was reported stolen out of the State of Montana. Officers conducted a high-risk traffic stop on the truck in the 3400 block of Sand Point Way NE. Officers took the driver of the truck, […]
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Two Arrested in Pridefest Fracas

Bicycle patrol officers arrested two Marysville men following a fracas at Sunday’s Pridefest event at the Seattle Center. Bike patrol officers first became an aware of a loud debate between two groups of men near 4th Avenue and Broad Street. Officers continued with their safety patrol throughout the center, only to be called back to […]
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