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.

Police Respond to Three Fatal Heroin Overdoses, Remind Public of “Good Samaritan” Law

As of 2 p.m. today, Seattle Police and Seattle Fire Department medics responded to four reports of overdoses along the Aurora corridor in North Seattle. Three of these incidents were fatal. The fourth patient is receiving emergency care at Harborview Medical Center. The overdoses occurred in the 7800 block of Aurora Avenue N., 900 block […]
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Holiday Crime Prevention Efforts Are Paying Off

Police officers in every precinct are focusing visible and plainclothes patrols in known crime hot spots in order to address holiday related property crime. Property crime and package theft were recently the subject of conversation during a Reddit AMA this past Tuesday. On Monday, plain clothes officers spotted a car that they knew to be […]
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Box Truck Strikes JLG Lift, Throwing Two Workers From the Basket

Two Seattle Department of Transportation contractors were injured around 8 o’clock this morning after a box truck struck the lift they were working in on a westbound exit ramp of the West Seattle Bridge on throwing both men from the basket, to the ramp and surface street below. The contractors were working on the Fauntleroy Expressway Bearing Pad Replacement Project. […]
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Police Wound Knife-Wielding Domestic Violence Suspect During Confrontation in Jackson Place Neighborhood

Earlier this afternoon at around 1:44 p.m., East Precinct patrol officers responded to the 1900 block of S Dearborn to a report of a suicidal man chasing his partner with a kitchen chopping knife out in front of their home. Officers arrived just three minutes later and contacted the victim. The suspect was no longer […]
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Detectives Investigating After Man Injured During Pioneer Square Shooting

West Precinct patrol officers responded to a report of a shooting around 10 o’clock last night in the 500 block of 3rd Avenue. When they arrived, officers found an adult male gunshot victim lying on the sidewalk. Officers noted that the victim had a loaded handgun, so they collected it as evidence. Seattle Fire Department medics […]
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Man Smashes Restaurant Window, Attacks Customers with Shard of Glass

A man believed to be high on methamphetamine and PCP smashed a downtown Ballard window during the afternoon lunch hour and attacked customers with a shard of glass before being wrestled to the ground by diners and passersby. SPD’s 911 center began receiving calls at around 12:08 p.m. that a man was yelling and shouting […]
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Tipped Tractor-Trailer Carrying Cargo of Crab Complicates Commute

UPDATE: As of about 6:30, the viaduct deck has been cleared. One northbound lane has been reopened and traffic is moving. The curb lane will remain closed until engineers have a chance to inspect damage to a light-pole and the guardrail. Around 2:30 this afternoon, we received reports that a tractor-trailer travelling just north of Atlantic […]
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Deceased Man Recovered from Ship Canal

Seattle Police Harbor Patrol officers responded with Seattle Fire around 7:12 a.m. this morning to a report of a body floating in the Ship Canal. Harbor officers located the body of an adult man floating in a cove just west of the Fremont Bridge. Officers transported the body to the Harbor Station and called for […]
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Detectives Seek Mystery Helper From ID Crime Scene

Seattle Police detectives are trying to track down a well-intentioned good Samaritan. While processing the crime scene where Donnie Chin was murdered, an African American man wearing a white brim hat, glasses and a green argyle shirt picked up some shell casings that were outside of the crime scene tape and handed them to investigators. […]
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SPD-Led Taskforce Pursues Child Predators As Part of Nationwide Operation Broken Heart

Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces arrested 1,140 child predators from 41 states during a two-month, nationwide operation, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) announced today. The 61 ICAC Task Forces, funded through an OJJDP grant program, conducted Operation Broken Heart, a coordinated investigative operation to intensify efforts to identify and […]
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