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Chief Diaz’s Statement Regarding Fatal Collision

I am speaking today to provide additional information regarding last week’s officer-involved collision at Dexter and Thomas and provide clarification about the investigation timeline and process. First and foremost, and from my heart: this collision is a terrible tragedy for all involved, but especially and most importantly, for Ms. Kandula’s… Filed Under: Chief of Police, General

Chief Diaz’s Letter to Seattle Pride Executive Board

June 22, 2022 Krystal Marx, Executive Director, Seattle Pride Carmen Rivera, Board Member, Seattle Pride Dear Krystal and Carmen, The Seattle Pride Parade draws thousands of people together to celebrate our region’s vibrant and thriving LGBTQIA+ community. Since 1994, the Seattle Police Department’s LGBTQIA+ sworn officers and civilian employees have proudly marched in the… [ Keep reading ]

Chief Diaz Statement on Current Staffing Crisis

I wanted to provide you with a staffing update as we enter the second half of the year. The Seattle Police Department has seen a reduction of 402 officers/detectives deployable staff since 2019. These losses have been felt in every corner of SPD at a time when homicides and incidents of… [ Keep reading ]

Chief Diaz on SPD’s Consent Decree Compliance Milestone

The Federal Court Monitor’s recent assessment, that the Seattle Police Department has sustained full and effective compliance under the Consent Decree, marks a significant milestone in modern policing. SPD has become the first department in the new era of Consent Decrees to reach this point. We thank the Monitor, the… [ Keep reading ]

Chief Diaz’s Letter to Officers About Downtown Emphasis Patrols

To the Members of the Seattle Police Department, Over the next several weeks, our department will be launching an initiative to curb the violent criminal behavior in the area surrounding 3rd Ave., between Pike and Pine St. While we are engaged in operations in the 1500 block of 3rd Ave,… [ Keep reading ]

Chief Diaz’s Statement on Upcoming Council Budget Amendments

Good afternoon, About an hour from now, the City Council will vote on whether to eliminate 101 police officer positions. This would be devastating to our city’s already overwhelmed public safety system and demoralizing to the hardworking officers who have continued to serve our community through an increasingly difficult time. … [ Keep reading ]

Memorial Service for Officer Harris

A memorial to honor our colleague, friend and SPD family member – Officer Alexandra “Lexi” Harris – will be held next Thursday, July 1st at 1pm at T-Mobile Park in Seattle. The ceremony will be open to the public. More information, including details about the procession, will be shared in… [ Keep reading ]

Chief Diaz Announces Command Staff Change

From Chief Diaz:  May 26, 2021 Councilmember Lisa Herbold Seattle City Hall 600 4th Avenue Seattle, WA 98124-4769 RE:      OPA Case No. 2020-0334 Dear Councilmember Herbold, I am writing in follow up to my letter of May 12, 2021, concerning the disposition of OPA2020-0334, and in response to your correspondence… [ Keep reading ]

Letter From Chief Diaz Regarding Discipline

UPDATE 5/13/21: Chief’s Response to Community Concerns The Seattle Police Department received many questions today about the next steps in accountability for the events of last summer. Chief Diaz issued the following statement: “The closing of the OPA case in question was not the end of the Department’s response to… [ Keep reading ]

Chief Diaz Rescinds Email About Police Appreciation Dinner

A message from Chief Adrian Diaz: “An internal email was shared this week informing SPD employees of a free appreciation dinner hosted by the Rev. Franklin Graham. Based on Graham’s history and affiliations, the email has raised concerns that the SPD may not be committed to the equity of our… [ Keep reading ]