Carmen Best Promoted to Deputy Chief and Other SPD Command Changes

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Carmen Best to Deputy Chief of the Seattle Police Department. Since I was appointed, Carmen has shown me she cares deeply for this department and the community. She is a respected leader within the organization and has demonstrated, as the current Assistant Chief of Criminal Investigations, that […]
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Deputy Chief Bailey Announces Retirement

Deputy Chief Harry Bailey recently notified me of his intention to retire (again!) from the Seattle Police Department on  August 15, 2014.  I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to Chief Bailey.  From the moment Mayor Murray announced my selection as Chief of Police, Chief Bailey has been extremely helpful and […]
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Officer Reassigned Following Investigation Into Marijuana Citations

As required by the City of Seattle, the SPD recently published its first biannual report relating to marijuana enforcement.  The report is designed to provide another level of oversight for marijuana enforcement in our city and flag anomalies or outliers in enforcement. When reviewing data captured for this report, SPD staff discovered that 66 of […]
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New Chief Operating Officer and Interim Human Resources Director Announced

I am pleased to announce that I have added Mike Wagers to my staff as SPD’s Chief Operating Officer. Mike will oversee the Patrol Support Bureau, Administrative Services, Information Technology, Human Resources and Public Affairs. Mike most recently worked for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) as the Director of Law Enforcement Operations […]
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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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