Chief O’Toole Announces Partnership to Review Crowd Management Practices

Chief O’Toole recently announced that she would assemble a group of independent, national experts to review the Seattle Police Department’s performance in crowd management.  The goal of this project will be to gather knowledge that will inform the development of future SPD policies, training and tactics.  This effort will not duplicate or conflict with the […]
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SPD Mourns the Death of Ann Rule

We are deeply saddened to learn the news of Ann Rule’s passing.  Ann was a pioneer in American policing, joining the Seattle Police Department’s Women’s Bureau prior to pursuing her passion for writing in 1969. As a True Crime author, Ann maintained professional friendships with her former SPD colleagues and remained an outspoken advocate for […]
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Read This Before You Attend Torchlight, Not AT Torchlight

The Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade is Saturday, and if last year’s Torchlight Parade is a barometer, 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 network becomes bogged down by a flood of […]
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Police Investigate International District Homicide

On 07-23-15 at about 02:54 hrs 911 received calls reporting multiple shots fired in the area of 8th Avenue and S. Weller St. Patrol officers responded immediately and located a victim with life threatening injuries. Seattle Fire responded and transported the victim to Harbor View for treatment. It was later reported the victim did not […]
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Police Looking For Gunmen, Pistol Tied to Ten Shootings

Since 2013, detectives have been following the trail of a 9mm Luger pistol used in 10 shootings in the Seattle area. After a shooting at a Central District park last month, detectives now have pictures of a man seen wielding the weapon, and are hoping someone can help identify him. A witness captured two men on […]
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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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