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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. https://www.seattle.gov/police-manual/title-2—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 10/15/2021 Seattle Police Department (SPD) employees in either Quarantine or Isolation: 1 SPD employees who have returned to work based on Public Health guidelines: 1,417 SPD employees who have tested positive for COVID-19: 169 SPD employees who have been tested at our First… [ 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 ]

Chief Diaz’s Letter Regarding Upcoming Vaccine Deadline, SPD Staffing Plan

Today, SPD Chief Adrian Diaz sent the following letter to all staff regarding next week’s vaccination deadline: To the Members of the Seattle Police Department – This coming Tuesday, October 5th, is the deadline to submit your proof of COVID-19 Vaccination. I am asking anyone who has not submitted this information… [ Keep reading ]

Update: Detectives Arrest Suspect in Phinney Ridge Homicide

Update 10/6/21: Detectives with the SPD Homicide Unit, CRG Unit, and US Marshalls arrested Jacaree Hardy today in the city of Renton without incident. Detectives are currently questioning him and will book him into King County Jail when they are done. Original: The death of a 20-year-old woman found in… [ 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 ]