SPD Launches YouTube Channel for Bodyworn Video

The Seattle Police Department is launching a new YouTube channel to showcase the work of high-tech community partners, who have joined the department to help increase transparency and accountability while balancing the privacy rights of citizens. The new YouTube page, SPD BodyWornVideo, comes after the department’s first-ever Hackathon, held in December. At that event, several […]
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Neighborhood Response Team Tackles Low-level Crime Downtown

A new seven-member police squad is patrolling the downtown core to tackle persistent, low-level crime that can make streets and parks feel unsafe. The Neighborhood Response Team, created in December, is focusing on so-called “street disorder” crimes, such as shoplifting, public urination, defecation and drug use. Downtown businesses and community groups have increasingly raised concerns […]
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Chief O’Toole Responds to New OPA Auditor’s Report by Reiterating Commitment to Reform

The Seattle Police Department is absolutely committed to reform and accountability. We are well underway as noted in the Federal Monitor’s most recent report. We will continue to follow the Mayor’s lead and work collaboratively with the CPC, the OPA Director and the OPA Auditor to enhance accountability further.
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Police Catch Man in Pioneer Square Hate Crime

Police arrested a 32-year-old man after he made homophobic statements then chased down and punched the victim Saturday evening. Officers contacted the victim at 4 Ave South and South Washington Street just before 8 PM after he called 911 to report the incident. The victim stated he was walking home when an unknown man attempted to […]
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Cab Ride Ends with Passenger Arrested, Driver in Hospital

The cab driver’s fare likely seemed promising — until the passenger climbed into the front seat. The driver collected his 30-year-old ride in Mill Creek on Thursday night and drove him several places including the University of Washington area. But things became increasingly bizarre, and then turned dangerous after the passenger smoked an unknown substance at one of the […]
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Chief O’Toole Announces New Social Media Policy

The Seattle Police Department is working tirelessly to rebuild community trust and restore pride in our organization. It’s unfortunate that behavior on social media by a few has contributed to the erosion of our collective efforts. Moving forward, I want to be certain that employees are clear regarding my expectations for professional conduct on social […]
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Capitol Hill Car Prowler Caught Sock-Handed

Police arrested a man, who was wearing socks over his hands, for prowling cars near Cal Anderson Park on Thursday afternoon. An officer was patrolling the Capitol Hill area around 1 PM when a witness flagged him down to report seeing a prowler trying to open car doors. The officer spotted the suspect in the area and detained him. The witness […]
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SPD Accomplishes Milestone on the Road to Compliance

On the heels of Mayor Ed Murray’s state of the city address where he promised continued reforms related to bias-free policing, the Seattle Police Department released a Request for Proposal (RFP) yesterday for a new business intelligence computer system, accomplishing a key milestone on the road to compliance with the 2012 settlement agreement with the […]
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