Officer Suspended Without Pay Following Child Molestation Charges

I have just been informed that the Snohomish County Prosecutor has filed charges against a Seattle police officer for multiple counts of Child Molestation and Communicating with a Minor for Immoral Purposes. As Chief, and as a parent, I am deeply troubled by these allegations. I have immediately ordered suspension of the officer, without pay, […]
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Chief Kathleen O’Toole Appoints Captain David Proudfoot As New South Precinct Commander

Captain David Proudfoot, a 25-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department, was appointed the new South Precinct commander on Thursday. “After hearing repeatedly from community members during the selection process of the need for consistent leadership at the South Precinct, I have asked Captain David Proudfoot to lead the precinct,” Chief Kathleen O’Toole said. “Captain […]
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Officer Relieved Of Duty Following Use of Force Incident

A Seattle Police officer has been relieved of duty following a use of force incident involving a handcuffed prisoner. The incident occurred on Sunday, June 22, when the officer assigned to the Patrol Operations Bureau arrested an adult female involved in a domestic violence incident in the South Precinct. During the course of the incident, […]
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Chief Bailey Announces Changes to Command Staff

Chief Harry Bailey has announced the following changes within the SPD Command Staff: Assistant Chief Joe Kessler moves from Operations Bureau to Homeland Security Bureau. Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh moves from Homeland Security Bureau to Field Support Bureau. Assistant Chief Nick Metz moves from Field Support Bureau to Operations Bureau. Captain John Hayes moves from […]
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Brewing Controversy: SPD Chief Nom Says “I Don’t Drink Coffee”

Flanked by Mayor Ed Murray and Interim Seattle Police Department Chief Harry Bailey, former Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen O’Toole stood before a packed house at City Hall Monday morning as she accepted Mayor Murray’s nomination to become the first woman in Seattle history to serve as Chief of Police. After being met with a standing […]
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Congratulations to Chief Pugel on His Retirement

The Seattle Police Department would like to congratulate Assistant Chief Jim Pugel on his retirement.  A native son, Chief Pugel grew up in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington. He went on to serve his city for a long and distinguished 31-year career with the Seattle Police Department where he started as a […]
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Assistant Chief Clark Kimerer To Retire

I would like to congratulate Assistant Chief Clark Kimerer on his retirement from the Seattle Police Department. Clark informed me of his decision to retire on Friday, January 24th. His retirement will be effective June 30, 2014. Until that time he will be working on several long term special projects. Upon retirement, Clark will have […]
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Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey Announces Promotions and Command Staff Changes

Interim Chief of Police Harry Bailey made the following announcement to all Seattle Police Department employees this afternoon: I would like to announce the newest promotions in the Seattle Police Department and Command Staff changes. Effective immediately, the following Captains have been promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief: Robin Clark Tag Gleason Joe Kessler My […]
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Assistant Chief Sanford To Retire

I would like to congratulate Assistant Chief Mike Sanford on his retirement from the Seattle Police Department.  Chief Sanford has been a valuable asset to the Seattle Police Department during his 29 years of service with SPD.  He has made his notification that his retirement will be effective as of March 31, 2014.  I wish […]
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