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Chief O’Toole Thanks Seattle

As you now know, I’ve made the very difficult decision to step down, effective December 31. It’s difficult because I love this City. I care deeply about the Seattle Police Department, and more than anything, I love being a police officer. It’s not just a job to me – it’s… [ Keep reading ]

Chief O’Toole’s Statement on Juvenile Justice Reform

I wholeheartedly support this bold step to transform the way our community handles juvenile offenders. Credible research suggests that we can reduce crime by bringing a rehabilitative, public health approach to juvenile justice. In addition to the change that’s being announced today, I also believe we must continue to expand… [ Keep reading ]

Statement from Chief O’Toole on Appointment of Andrew Myerberg to OPA Director

The Seattle Police Department wholly supports the nomination of Andrew Myerberg to the permanent position of OPA Director.  While serving as interim OPA Director, Andrew has demonstrated principled oversight, a deep understanding of SPD policy and reforms, and a steady commitment to fairness and transparency.  We congratulate Andrew on this… [ Keep reading ]

Chief O’Toole’s Statement on Las Vegas Shooting

We join with police departments  around the country in expressing our sorrow over the horrific acts last night in Las Vegas. This shooting is yet another reminder of how suddenly and unexpectedly terror and tragedy can strike.  Early this morning, I sent a message to Sheriff Lombardo indicating that SPD… [ Keep reading ]

Chief O’Toole Statement on Executive Order Reforming Secondary Employment at SPD

I appreciate the Mayor’s leadership and support on this important issue. We will continue to engage collaboratively, and with a sense of urgency, to develop and implement a modern system for the management of secondary employment that promotes accountability efficiency, and transparency.

Chief O’Toole Statement on Bias Crimes Reporting | Ongoing Effort Between Community & SPD

Chief O’Toole issued the following statement regarding the City Auditor’s Report: Review of Hate Crime Prevention, Response, and Reporting in Seattle Phase 1: The Department welcomes and thanks the City Auditor for their feedback as we routinely examine our procedures to make sure they align with best business practices.  We… [ Keep reading ]

Chief O’Toole Responds to Reports of an FBI/OPA Investigation Into Secondary Employment

I’m writing to address recent media reports of an FBI/OPA investigation. Last April, I was made aware of serious allegations against a small number of Seattle Police officers relating to management of secondary employment.   Given the nature of the allegations, I immediately contacted the OPA Director and the Special Agent-in-Charge… [ Keep reading ]

Chief O’Toole Announces New Assistant Chiefs, Captain Promotions and Assignments

Appointment of Assistant Chiefs I am pleased to announce the promotion of three members of the department to the SPD command staff. These are critical appointments for the future of the department. Marc Garth Green will assume the role of Chief of the Investigations Bureau. Marc consistently has demonstrated strong… [ Keep reading ]

SPD Rejects Irresponsible Undermining of Community Relations

Seattle’s police officers have embraced reform and have worked incredibly hard to build community trust.  We do not intend to go backwards.  It is truly unfortunate that in today’s toxic environment, politicians at both ends of the spectrum have sought to inflame passions by politicizing what we do.  We remain… [ Keep reading ]

Successes of Hardworking Women and Men of SPD Speak for Themselves

As the Chief of Police, I will not participate in political theater occurring days before an election. My commitment to this job and this city have been obvious to anyone taking part in our efforts to make SPD a national leader and to keep Seattle one of the safest cities… [ Keep reading ]