SPD Explorers, Sgt. Adrian Diaz Win Awards

Sgt. Adrian Diaz has big dreams for the Seattle Police Department’s popular Explorer post, laying the groundwork for a program that could eventually educate hundreds of area youngsters about law enforcement. He’s already well on his way. The post, which had only seven youths involved when Diaz took it over five years ago, now has […]
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Life Vests, Tents, a Radiation Detector and Other Military Surplus Items Provided to SPD

In light of the ongoing national conversation about the militarization of law enforcement agencies in the United States, the Seattle Police Department has received several requests for information about military equipment purchased through a federal surplus program. Those items—provided by the Department of Defense between May 2010 and March 2014—are listed below: Flotation vests Ballistic plates for officers’ […]
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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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SPD’s 911 Call Center Says: Do Call Us, We Won’t Call You

Dozens of confused Seattle residents have called Seattle police over the last 24 hours after receiving hangup calls, which appeared as if they came from 911. In fact, these calls—which appear on caller IDs as “911-9111″—are the result of caller ID fraud, or “spoofing,” and are not coming from SPD’s 911 Communications Center. The 911 Communications Center is researching […]
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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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Read This Before You Attend Torchlight, Not AT Torchlight

The Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade is this Saturday, and if last year’s Torchlight Parade and this year’s Seahawks Superbowl victory parade are any indication, our region’s privately-owned cellular networks may become taxed by throngs of cell-phone wielding revelers. If you’re unable to reach our 911 Call Center in the event your cell phone provider’s […]
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Police Seize High-Powered Guns, Cash and Hundreds of Bullets In New Holly

Detectives seized 10 guns, $5,000 in cash, and more than 500 rounds of ammunition from a home in New Holly early Friday. Members of SPD’s SWAT team, Gang and Narcotics Units, South Precinct patrol and FBI Safe Streets Task Force served the warrant at a home in the 6500 block of 29th Avenue South. at 5:30 […]
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Retired Officer Charged With Impersonating An Officer

City Attorney Pete Holmes announced today that his office has charged a retired Seattle police officer for impersonating a police officer while working at a Capitol Hill construction site late last year: Holmes today charged retired Seattle police officer Mike Deacy with one count of criminal impersonation, a gross misdemeanor (up to $5,000 fine and […]
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