Chief Orders Review, Transfers Officer As Department Moves Forward With Reform

Until yesterday I was unaware of Officer Whitlatch’s Facebook posts. I was shocked and disappointed to read her comments. We are working to reform the Seattle Police Department, and behavior of this nature seriously undermines our efforts. Today, I have taken these immediate steps: I have ordered a comprehensive review of the cases involving this […]
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Chief O’Toole Orders Review Of Officer Conduct, Supervision

Today I heard many concerns from community members about the conduct of an SPD officer assigned to the East Precinct. These concerns are related to two incidents that occurred during the summer of 2014, one of which was detailed previously by our department. I have directed East Precinct commander Captain Pierre Davis to prepare a […]
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SPD Returns Man’s Golf Club, Offers Apology For 2014 Arrest

SPD Commanders first became aware of the incident in October 2014 after receiving an inquiry from former Washington State Representative Dawn Mason in which she raised questions as to the necessity of the arrest and charges. The 69-year-old man had already accepted a plea offer in this case. Dawn Mason worked with Chief Kathleen O’Toole […]
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SPD Adds Supervisors, Shifts Police Beats As Part of Reform Efforts

For the first time since 2008, the Seattle Police Department is shifting the boundaries of its 51 police beats. The change will improve officer supervision and public safety service, better align police patrols with Seattle’s neighborhoods, and achieve a major milestone in the department’s work toward reform with the Department of Justice. Beginning January 28th, […]
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SPD Releases Year-end Crime Stats

New statistics show overall crime in Seattle increased 9 percent in 2014, but also suggest that new efforts by the Seattle Police Department are bending the curve. While the overall number of crimes went up, the rate of increase is lower than expected. Preliminary numbers released in September (which broke down crimes over an eight […]
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SPD Supervisor Catches Misconduct on Dashcam, Refers it to OPA

The incident in the below video clip occurred in 2013. The Seattle Police Department accountability structure led to this complaint being internally generated, investigated and adjudicated in 2014. No public complaint ever surfaced. Our front line supervisor raised concerns and flagged it immediately to the chain of command. The Office of Professional Accountability fully investigated […]
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A Dazzling Bodycam Video and Notes From Our Hackathon

As 2014 drew to a close, one of the SPD officers involved in our body-worn video camera pilot project was on-hand at the Seattle Center to capture the dazzling lights and cacophonous boom, boom, boom of the New Year’s Eve’s fireworks show. The Space Needle looks even brighter than the moon, moon, moon, doesn’t it? SPD is still working through some of […]
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New Look, New Vehicles For SPD

After more than a half-century, the Seattle Police Department is getting a new, modern look. ABOUT THE UNIFORMS Q: What’s wrong with the uniforms you already have?  A: The Seattle Police Department has been wearing the same uniform for 52 years.  It’s a wonderful uniform and has served us well. However, the French blue shirt, with […]
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Chief O’Toole Seeks New Leadership Team

When appointed chief in late June, I indicated that I would take five to six months to assess the existing leadership team and to determine how I will structure the SPD command staff going forward. Since then, I have recruited three civilian managers to fill the important positions of chief operating officer, legal counsel and […]
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