Officer Placed on Leave, 2010 Incident Under Investigation

A Seattle police officer has been placed on leave pending administrative and criminal investigations into a 2010 use of force incident. The incident occurred in November 2010, when officers assigned to the Patrol Operations Bureau were involved in an altercation after responding to a report of a disturbance at a Georgetown restaurant. The case was recently brought to the attention of SPD leadership after […]
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Mayor Murray and Chief O’Toole Announce Safe Place Program

SEATTLE (May 21, 2015) – Today Mayor Murray and Chief of Police Kathleen O’Toole announced SPD Safe Place, a public education and visibility campaign aimed at preventing and responding to anti-LGBT bias crimes. “Seattle welcomes all people,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “There is no place for bigotry or harassment in our city. We developed Safe […]
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Officers Use Crisis Training, Less-Lethal Tools When Teen With Knife Tries to Force Police to Shoot Him

Seattle police used crisis intervention training, negotiation tactics, and less-lethal tools to take a 17-year-old into custody Wednesday after he armed himself with a knife and confronted officers outside his family’s Greenwood home.   Police received a call just before 4 PM from the teen’s family, who said the boy was distraught, possibly on narcotics, and was wielding an 8-inch butcher’s […]
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A Timeline of May Day 2015

At a Seattle City Council hearing Wednesday, Seattle Police Department officials were questioned about the police response to an un-permitted May Day march on Capitol Hill, which grew into a full-scale riot. To better illustrate the timeline of events leading up to the riot, the Seattle Police Department has assembled details from police radio dispatches and operational logs […]
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May Day: 2015 Edition

Tomorrow is May Day, which means you only have 10 more days to plan something nice for Mother’s Day. Also, you’ll see a large crowd winding its way through the Central District and downtown Seattle during the afternoon and evening as part of the 14th Annual May Day March for Worker and Immigrant Rights, organized by El […]
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Semi-Truck Driver, Giant Spools Cause Closure Of Alaskan Way Viaduct

Seattle police and local and state transportation officials were forced to close a portion of State Route 99 for two-and-a-half hours Wednesday afternoon after a semi-truck driver’s oversized load struck the underside of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Police received 911 reports at 11:34 AM that a semi-truck had lost a load of two 12-foot spools—each […]
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SPD, FBI Target 3rd and Pine Drug Market In Operation Crosstown Traffic

A four-month operation by the Seattle Police Department’s Major Crimes Taskforce (MCTF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has led authorities to 186 suspected drug dealers and thieves, who turned Seattle’s downtown core into an open-air drug market and street corner swap meet. As of Thursday morning, police have arrested 95 suspects, and local officials […]
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55 Ways Seattle Police Are Making Your Neighborhood Safer

Seattle Police Department Micro Community Policing Plans have been finalized and are being published on Nextdoor neighborhoods today. No two neighborhoods are alike, nor are their safety priorities and concerns about crime.  Recognizing this, the Micro Community Policing Plans are designed to put the department’s energy and resources into addressing the public safety issues that […]
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Police Find 60 Stolen Bikes At Edmonds Chop Shop—Is One of Them Yours?

A tip from a sleuthing bike theft victim led police to staggering number of stolen bicycles and a suspected chop shop Wednesday in Edmonds. Now detectives want to know if they have your bike. SPD Major Crimes Taskforce Detective Scotty Bach began investigating the case last week, on April 7th, after receiving a tip from a man […]
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Police Seek Two More Suspects In Matthews Beach Break-In

A man caught burglarizing a Matthews Beach home earlier this week told police he was not the criminal mastermind behind the break-in, and made his case by trying to bribe a cop, while on camera. Detectives haven’t yet confirmed the man’s role in planning the burglary, but are now looking to arrest two other suspects involved in the case. […]
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