Chief O’Toole’s First Year Message to Employees

Chief O’Toole shared the following ‘thank you’ message to department employees yesterday. She recounts department achievements during the past year and speaks to the challenges that lie ahead. While the message was intended for employees, it is certainly worth sharing with the community we serve. Having just completed my first year as Chief, I want to thank members of […]
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Leave the Fireworks to the Pros and Come Enjoy the 4th at Lake Union

With the 4th of July just around the corner, the Seattle Police Department would like to provide you with some important reminders about safety, fireworks and how you can help ease the strain on our 911 center during the busy holiday. The possession, manufacture, storage, sale and use of fireworks (meaning everything but pop-it caps) is prohibited in […]
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Major Crimes Detectives Seek to Return Hundreds of Stolen Items After Arresting Burglary Crew Ringleader

The suspected ringleader of a prolific ring of burglars told SPD Major Crimes Taskforce detectives he “knew this day was coming” after they arrested him and his girlfriend at a motel near University Village Wednesday. The arrest led detectives to search the suspects’ truck and a storage unit, where they found hundreds of pieces of suspected stolen jewelry and […]
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Courtesy Notices Alert Motorists to Pay Parking Tickets Before Getting The Boot

Seattle Parking Enforcement Officers began issuing Courtesy Notices to vehicles with 3 unpaid parking tickets today. Notices encourage motorists to address unpaid tickets and alert them that after 4 unpaid tickets, the vehicle is subject to being booted with a wheel locking device; whether they are parked legally or illegally. Courtesy Notices help motorists avoid […]
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Detectives Identify Ride-Share Driver Wanted In Capitol Hill Robbery

Detectives need help tracking down the ride-share driver suspected of dragging a woman behind his car after trying to extort sex from her in exchange for her lost cellphone. Following the incident, robbery detectives identified the driver as Kevin Jun Chau who, through an attorney, has declined to turn himself in to police. Detectives have not yet been […]
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Chief O’Toole: Reform Continues With Enhanced Training, Data Improvements

The Seattle Police Department stands committed to reform, and is energized by the enhanced training and new tools developed in partnership with the Federal Monitoring team. Our officers now carry with them the skills to de-escalate conflict and identify and assist those in crisis. When officers must resort to force, we have ensured it is […]
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Investigators Need Help Identifying Deceased Woman

Detectives need your help identifying a woman who was found deceased May 29th on Rainier Ave. S. just below I-90. Homicide detectives and the Medical Examiner have been unable to identify the woman. Investigators believe the woman was in her 60’s, and is 5’6″, 137 pounds, with grey and black hair, and blue eyes. Investigators have not yet determined the cause of […]
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Blind Athletes Challenge Seattle PD in Beep Baseball

Some Seattle Police officers will don darkened shades to compete against the Seattle South King Sluggers in a game designed for blind athletes. SPD players will have to listen for the ball and listen for which base to run. The public is invited to attend the Seattle Police Department vs. Seattle South King Sluggers match Saturday, June […]
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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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