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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Police Searching For Suspects Who Interfered With Arrest, Attacked Officer During Demonstration

Police need help finding two suspects, pictured below, who interfered with an arrest during demonstrations around 6 PM this past Saturday. Police were attempting to arrest a man after he assaulted an officer near Western Avenue and Bell Street. Video of the incident shows police attempting to take the assault suspect (wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and […]
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City Requests Streamlined Permit Process Be Used for Protests

In an effort to efficiently provide the right amount of public safety services at future demonstrations without compromising safety, the City of Seattle is requesting organizers of free speech marches and rallies use the Special Event permitting process to facilitate better communication between event organizers and police. City leaders would like to invite a conversation […]
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Sign Up Now For the First-Ever Seattle Police Hackathon!

Do you have Big Ideas about governmental transparency and open source data? Are you a 1337 h4x0r? Then sign up now to attend the Seattle Police Department’s first-ever HACKATHON on December 19th. SPD is working to release more video than ever before, while striking the right balance between transparency and privacy. That’s where you come in. During […]
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(Updated) Criminal Charges Declined in Use of Force Incident

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg has informed the Seattle Police Department that his office has declined to file criminal charges stemming from a June 22, 2014 use of force incident. The investigation was performed by the Washington State Patrol to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. The case will now be investigated by […]
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(Update) Thanks For Helping Us Return Mike & Erin’s Stolen Wedding Album!

Detectives have identified the couple in the photos (thanks to all your tips) and are now working to return the photo albums to Mike and Erin. Thanks for all the help, everyone!   Do you know Mike and Erin? Major Crimes detectives found the couple’s wedding photos earlier this month after seizing a stash of stolen items from a prolific […]
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Major Crimes Detectives Bust Grinch, Seize Guns and Catch Greenlake Bike Thief

The Seattle Police Department’s Major Crimes Taskforce (MCTF) has been busy this month. In the last two weeks, MCTF detectives have busted a package-stealing Grinch, seized meth, guns and stolen goods from a felon’s storage lockers, and arrested a high-end bike thief. MCTF’s first big bust this month came after detectives tracked a wanted felon […]
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Chief O’Toole Appoints Lead Investigator to Help Track Stolen Cell Phones

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole has assigned a member of a high-tech SPD team to help patrol officers track down stolen phones. Effective today, a supervisor in the department’s Technical and Electronic Support Unit will be available to officers around the clock to guide them through the technically and legally complicated process of zeroing in on a stolen phone. Officers will […]
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