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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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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Our Department’s New Use of Force Policy

Today, the Seattle Police Department took another step forward in our efforts to provide effective, humane and constitutional policing to our city. Federal Judge James Robart has approved an extensive overhaul of how our officers are trained to use force, making clear our department’s commitment to tactics like de-escalation and confrontation avoidance whenever possible. The department’s new […]
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Chief Pugel Visits the United Nations to Talk About Seattle’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Program

Fresh off his recent appearance on a Harvard panel on criminal justice reform, Seattle Police Department Chief Jim Pugel appeared at the United Nations earlier this week to talk about Seattle’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program. The LEAD program is a harm reduction effort currently being piloted in the Belltown area, which gives officers the ability to […]
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Detailing the Expansion of the Domestic Violence Unit

This morning, I received questions from the City Council about staffing levels in our department’s Domestic Violence Unit. After a thorough review, showing our department has increased the number of investigators in our nationally-recognized DV Unit to 15, I have sent this letter to Councilmember Tim Burgess, providing a detailed accounting of the expansion. Further, I […]
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There is a new face coming to the Seattle Police Department Executive Staff

Captain Carmen Best began her career with the Seattle Police Department in 1992. Captain Best has worked uniformed patrol, School Safety, Media Relations, Patrol Supervisor, Media Relations Supervisor, Watch Commander, Operations Lieutenant, Narcotics Proactive Lieutenant, Robbery/Gangs/Fugitive Lieutenant, and Community Outreach Lieutenant. Her most recent assignment was as the Community Outreach Lieutenant where she was responsible […]
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Chief Pugel Joins Harvard Panel On Criminal Justice Reform

  Chief Jim Pugel to Join Executive Session on Community Corrections at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Seattle, WA – Chief Jim Pugel will be a member of the new Executive Session on Community Corrections convening over the next three years at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. This prestigious […]
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