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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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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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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Leave the Fireworks to the Pros and Come Enjoy the 4th at Lake Union

Neighborhoods to the north of Gas Works Park (from North 40th Street to North Northlake Way) will be closed to all but local access traffic starting at noon. Valley Street will be closed from Westlake to Fairview all day–from 12:01 a.m. to midnight. Expect heavy congestion in the neighborhoods surrounding Lake Union. Officers will be stationed at the starred […]
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Retiring Police Chief Inducted Into Crime Fighting Hall of Fame

Assistant Chief Clark Kimerer’s well-earned reputation as a philosopher and academic earned him a spot in George Mason University’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy Hall of Fame this week for his decades-long efforts to promote the use of scientific research to drive changes to SPD’s policies and practices. It was well-deserved recognition for Chief Kimerer, […]
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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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“He’s outside of his car and the car’s on fire…it looks terrifying.”

Seattle Police Department investigators worked late into the night Monday collecting evidence and piecing together the series of events which led two Washington State Patrol Troopers to open fire on a man armed with a knife on the Interstate 5 Ship Canal Bridge, fatally wounding him. As investigators continue to comb through evidence and review witness statements, the […]
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