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SPD Statement Regarding SCC Passage of Hiring Incentive Bill

The Seattle Police Department appreciates the Seattle City Council’s support for Mayor Harrell’s hiring incentive plan and applauds today’s passage of CB 120389. After losing more than 400 officers over the past two years, it has become very clear SPD’s staffing crisis negatively impacts all people of Seattle, severely reducing… [ Keep reading ]

SPD Launches Before the Badge Training Program

The Seattle Police Department hears the many voices demanding real and lasting change in policing. As a result, the department has launched a first-of-its-kind new training program that focuses on relationships and wellness before law enforcement tactics. Before SPD’s new recruits attend the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission for… [ Keep reading ]

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 ]

SPD Statement Regarding Monitor’s Preliminary Draft Report on Assessment of Use of Force

The Seattle Police Department shares community concern around numbers reported in the Monitor’s preliminary draft of the Use of Force Assessment with respect to officer reporting of perceived subject race. The fact of the matter is that force is thoroughly reviewed – and we have shown that consistently since the first assessment in 2015. Having… [ 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 ]

Department Statement On Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Status

As of midnight, all but six Seattle Police Department employees have submitted their COVID-19 vaccination forms or are involved in an accommodation process, per city mandate. For those six employees, the separation process has begun. That legal process includes a mandatory Loudermill hearing. For more information, please see the SPD Manual.—department-employment/2030—retirements-and-separations Meanwhile, 103 sworn and civilian SPD employees submitted requests for either a medical or religious exemption. While away from… [ Keep reading ]

COVID-19 Impacts to Seattle Police Personnel

The following information is accurate as of 5/17/2022 Seattle Police Department employees in quarantine or isolation: 20 SPD employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 (2020 – to date): 549 SPD employees who have tested negative for COVID-19: 1,136 The following information is accurate as of 1/21/2022 Seattle Police Department… [ Keep reading ]

SPD Releases Current Numbers for Employee Covid Vaccination Status

Update 10/6: The Seattle Police Department is releasing the most current data on COVID-19 vaccination status of employees. As of today, 292 sworn officers have not yet submitted proof of vaccination. Originally posted October 5th, 2021 The Seattle Police Department is releasing the most current data on COVID-19 vaccination status… [ Keep reading ]