SeaStat: What Is It? And How Are Police Using It to Disrupt Crime Trends?

The Seattle Police Department on Wednesday released new figures showing overall crime in the city is up 13 percent so far this year compared to 2013. The biggest drivers are motor vehicle thefts, up 44 percent, and other thefts such as car prowls — up 15 percent. Violent crimes are up 8 percent overall compared […]
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Officers Arrest Two After Vicious Bullies Brutally Attack Former Classmate

Officers arrested two violent teenaged bullies in New Holly and are seeking a third suspect after they viciously attacked a former classmate, who had transferred schools to get away from them. As the 13-year-old victim stepped off a Metro bus near Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. and S. Webster St. just before 5 PM Wednesday, he looked across the street and […]
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SPD, King County Prosecutors Renew Effort to Go After Career Criminals

In response to an increase in property crimes, primarily auto thefts, in the city, police and prosecutors are renewing two previous efforts, the Repeat Burglar and Auto Theft Initiatives, to aggressively pursue cases against career criminals. This week members of the Coordinated Criminal Investigations Section—including SPD’s Auto Theft Squad and Major Crimes Task Force—and Chief […]
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Traffic Alert: Seahawks, Pharell Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Soundgarden’s Superunknown With Concert, Football Game

If you’re planning on attending or fleeing Thursday’s Seahawks game/Soundgarden and Pharrell kickoff concert at Centurylink Field, make sure you have a game plan to get to and from downtown! The Seahawks game, pre-game concert and other NFL events around Centurylink Field are expected to draw tens of thousands of people into downtown Thursday, likely creating significant traffic impacts […]
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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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