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COVID-19 Impacts to Seattle Police Personnel

The following information is accurate as of 9/24/2021 Seattle Police Department (SPD) employees in either Quarantine or Isolation: 12 SPD employees who have returned to work based on Public Health guidelines: 1,371 SPD employees who have tested positive for COVID-19: 162 SPD employees who have been tested at our First… [ Keep reading ]

Detectives Searching for Suspect in Phinney Ridge Homicide

The death of a 20-year-old woman found in Phinney Ridge earlier this month has been ruled a homicide, and detectives need your help looking for the suspect. Police have identified 23-year-old Jacaree Rashad Hardy (6 feet tall, approximately 215 lbs) as the suspect in this case. He is wanted for… [ Keep reading ]

SPD Statement on Monday Evening Seattle City Council Budget Vote

The Seattle Police Department thanks the Council for voting to allow the Department to retain its previously approved budget. Since the 2021 budget was passed, over 150 officers have left the department. The City has continued to see a surge in gun and other violence. In the face of these… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Police Department and Center for Policing Equity Release Findings from Policing Practices

The Seattle Police Department today released the Center for Policing Equity’s (CPE) report on Seattle’s participation in the 2014-2019 National Justice Database project (PDF). CPE’s National Justice Database (NJD) is the nation’s first database to track national statistics on police actions. Police departments eager to better understand their disparities in policing outcomes through… [ Keep reading ]

SPD Statement Regarding OPA’s Completed Investigation of Officers in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021

The Seattle Police Department has received the Office of Police Accountability’s completed investigation into complaints brought against six SPD officers who were determined to be in Washington, D.C. during the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. Chief Adrian Diaz has been clear that he will hold accountable… [ Keep reading ]

Officer Alexandra B. Harris — End of Watch: June 13, 2021

Alexandra B. Harris — End of Watch: June 13, 2021 Commission date: June 20, 2016 On Sunday, June 13, 2021 Officer Alexandra B Harris was driving home after finishing her shift when she came upon a multi-vehicle collision on Interstate 5, near South Forest Street. Even out of uniform Officer Harris remained committed… [ Keep reading ]

Washington State Patrol Investigating After SPD Officer Killed in Sunday Morning Collision on I-5

The Washington State Patrol is investigating after an SPD officer was struck and killed by a driver on I-5 Sunday morning. The SPD officer had just left work when they happened upon a collision on I-5 near South Forest Street. At this point in the investigation, it appears the officer pulled their vehicle over and got out to… [ 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 ]

SPD’s Crowd Management Changes

This past year has brought unprecedented demonstrations to our nation and our region, posing new challenges for our community and the Seattle Police Department. Our department has been the focus of many of the ongoing protests about inequities in criminal justice, violence in law enforcement, and SPD’s own response to demonstrations. Over the past… [ 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 ]