Detectives Need Help Finding Hit and Run Suspect

A 54-year-old woman was seriously injured Friday evening when a white Ford pickup truck struck her on a North Beacon Hill crosswalk. The victim was crossing Rainier Avenue South at South Massachusetts Street about 5:30 PM when the Ranger pickup truck hit her. A witness described the driver as a 50-year-old white male, and spotted […]
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SPD Releases Year-end Crime Stats

New statistics show overall crime in Seattle increased 9 percent in 2014, but also suggest that new efforts by the Seattle Police Department are bending the curve. While the overall number of crimes went up, the rate of increase is lower than expected. Preliminary numbers released in September (which broke down crimes over an eight […]
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SPD to Test All Sexual Assault Kits

After consulting with its community partners, the Seattle Police Department has decided to test all sexual assault evidence kits, including untested kits in storage. Since her appointment last June, Chief Kathleen O’Toole has heard from the community regarding testing of evidence kits. SPD discussed the matter with its partners in the King County Prosecutor’s Office, Harborview […]
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Chief Metz Nominated for Colorado Chief’s Job

Today, the City Manager of Aurora, Colorado announced that he has nominated Seattle PD Assistant Chief Nick Metz for the position of Chief of the Aurora Police Department. In response to the news, Chief Kathleen O’Toole released the following statement: “I had very mixed emotions when hearing the news. Of course, I’m delighted for Nick. […]
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SPD Supervisor Catches Misconduct on Dashcam, Refers it to OPA

The incident in the below video clip occurred in 2013. The Seattle Police Department accountability structure led to this complaint being internally generated, investigated and adjudicated in 2014. No public complaint ever surfaced. Our front line supervisor raised concerns and flagged it immediately to the chain of command. The Office of Professional Accountability fully investigated […]
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SPD Latent Print Unit Receives International Certification

  The Seattle Police Department’s Latent Print Unit has received international certification, one of only a handful of law enforcement agencies in the state to achieve the distinction. The unit, which specializes in identifying prints that are invisible to the naked eye, went through a grueling three-year effort to meet 22-pages of requirements set forth […]
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SPD Takes New Steps to Address Property Crime, Street Disorder

The Seattle Police Department is taking new steps to address property crime and street disorder, including additional training for officers and potentially changing how 911 calls are handled. The department, for example, is considering increasing the priority of calls that come in regarding property crime, and dedicating staff to handle non-emergency calls, to reduce wait times. […]
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Protest Turns Violent on Capitol Hill

A group of protestors threw rocks at officers, broke vehicle and local business windows as demonstrators marched throughout Capitol Hill. Protestors began to assemble at Seattle Central College late in the evening before they started marching first north then southbound on Broadway. Around 11 p.m. a demonstrator threw paint at a SPD vehicle. Moments later, […]
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City Council to Consider Two-year UASI Grant

The Seattle City Council will consider legislation soon that authorizes use of a two-year, $2.34 million Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) grant awarded by the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA through its Homeland Security Grant Program. The money would go toward a variety of projects including: •         $100,000 for community outreach to raise awareness and help […]
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