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Seattle Police Department Scores Highest on Police Data Transparency

The Seattle Police Department (SPD) has achieved the highest rating on the Vera Institutes Police Data Transparency Index (PDTI). Of the 96 agencies assessed, Seattle scored the most points, with 76 of the possible 100 available. Just 23 US agencies scored higher than 50. We are honored to lead the… [ Keep reading ]

SPD Office of Police Accountability Direct Processing of Public Disclosure Requests   

The Seattle Police Department and the Office of Police Accountability are pleased to confirm that, after a year of preparation, on November 1, 2023, OPA will assume from SPD direct responsibility for responding to all public disclosure requests (PDRs) and legal process (subpoena duces tecum) for OPA files, records, and… [ Keep reading ]

Officer On Administrative Leave For Racist Comments

Statement of Police Chief Adrian Diaz “This morning I listened to an audio recording that includes comments by an off-duty Seattle police officer. A bias/hate complaint was filed with the Office of Police Accountability. I have taken immediate steps to place the officer on administrative leave. This action is consistent… [ Keep reading ]

Edmonds Police Department – Officer Involved Shooting Media Release

Due to the case being an active and ongoing investigation, the Seattle Police Department will be deferring questions about the incident to the Edmonds Police Department. OFF-DUTY SEATTLE POLICE OFFICER INTERRUPTS THEFT OF HIS PERSONAL VEHICLEVehicle Strikes Officer Who Fires Shot During Confrontation in Edmonds An off-duty Seattle Police officer interrupted… [ Keep reading ]

Video: South Precinct Pattern Burglary Press Conference


Safety Alert: Home Invasion 

The Seattle Police Department would like to draw awareness on home invasions that have been occurring within our communities. Please take into consideration the following that may assist in providing an increased measure of security and safety for you and your family. SPD wants to ensure these communities know that… [ Keep reading ]


The images captured on body worn video in January of 2021 show inappropriate items inside a room at the East precinct. While we do not know the origin of the items in question from 2 ½ years ago, there is no doubt they are inappropriate. We recognize the hurt and… [ Keep reading ]

SPD Continues Record Number of Guns Taken into Custody for 2023

The Seattle Police Department continues to increase the number of guns taken into custody in 2023 – surpassing totals from prior years. According to the latest numbers provided by SPD’s Data-Driven Policing Unit, 138 guns were taken into custody in May 2023, with 629 firearms taken into custody year-to-date. This… [ Keep reading ]

A Message to the Community from Chief Adrian Z. Diaz

(UPDATE) SPD Response to Federal Court Order Enjoining City Property Destruction Law

UPDATE: 06/15/2023, 1:48 p.m. This morning, the Court entered an order clarifying that the preliminary injunction issued on June 13th enjoins only enforcement of SMC 12A.08.020(A)(2) (Graffiti) – not the section in full.  Officers can again take enforcement action under SMC 12(A).08.020(A)(1) (intentionally damaging the property of another).  Original: 06/14/2023 Late yesterday afternoon,… [ Keep reading ]