SPD Finds New Homes for Dorm Room Furniture, Benefitting Local Charities

When Seattle Police Detective John Lewitt learned University of Washington’s McCarty Hall was being demolished, he wasn’t going to let the furniture go down with it. With his help, the University of Washington will be doing a no cost transfer of more than 200 bunk beds and 300 wardrobe closets from the dorm to benefit […]
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SPD Committed to Addressing Criminal Behavior Associated with Car Campers

Earlier this month at a community meeting in Magnolia, concerned residents asked Patrol Operations Bureau Chief Steve Wilske if a ‘stand down’ order had been issued to officers in regards to investigating allegations of criminal behavior by homeless people living in tents, cars or RVs. A number of residents believed this to be the case. […]
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Chief O’Toole Meets with President Barack Obama

During her trip to Washington D.C. to attend the State of the Union, Chief Kathleen O’Toole met personally with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to discuss police reform in Seattle. The acknowledgment by the President and recognition today by the Department of Justice is a testament to the hard work […]
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First Lady Michelle Obama Invites Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole to President Barack Obama’s Final State of the Union Address

The White House today announced that Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole will be in attendance for President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address at the invitation of First Lady Michelle Obama. Chief O’Toole will be seated in the First Lady’s Box. Since being selected by Mayor Murray to lead the Seattle Police Department in […]
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Chief O’Toole on Latest Federal Monitor Report

The Seattle Police Department is encouraged by the Federal Monitor’s most recent report. The Monitoring Team noted progress SPD has made in improving relations with certain populations across Seattle, and in documenting, investigating and analyzing use of force. SPD officers continue to respond well to the “clear rules of the road” surrounding force. The Monitor highlighted […]
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SPD Receives OPA May Day 2015 Recommendations

The department thanks the Office of Professional Accountability director for his Management Recommendations concerning May Day 2015. The Seattle Police Department is committed to continuous improvement of its crowd management policies and practices – even when things go well, there are lessons that can be learned. National events over the past year have created changing […]
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Federal, County Prosecutors Decline to File Charges In 2010 Incident

The Seattle Police Department was notified today that the United States Attorney will not prosecute a Seattle police officer involved in a November 2010 incident in Georgetown. (See letters from U.S. Attorney and King County Prosecutor) When the City Attorney’s Office brought this video to the Department’s attention in May 2015, Chief O’Toole notified the […]
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A Reminder to Report Suspicious Activity

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of France in the aftermath of Friday’s terror attack. The ongoing events in Paris serve as a reminder to all of us that we need to remain vigilant. We have received regular updates from our federal partners and are fortunate to have such excellent lines of communication.  There is […]
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Detectives, OPA to Investigate Officer’s Use of Force

United States Attorney Annette Hayes has informed the Seattle Police Department that her office her office and the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice have declined to file federal color of law charges stemming from a June 22, 2014 use of force incident. The case will now be investigated by the Force Investigation […]
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