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2023 Seattle Police Department’s “Before the Badge” Community-Police Dialogues

Sign-up is now open for the 2023 Seattle Police Department’s “Before the Badge” Community-Police Dialogues. East Precinct Dialogue is coming up on Wednesday – March 22, 2023! North Precinct Dialogue is on Monday – March 27th! The dialogues will be conducted by the SPD Micro-Community Policing Plans Research team and held virtually via… Filed Under: Community Outreach, Events

SPD Alert: Casino Visitors Being Targeted

The Seattle Police Department has responded to several armed robberies involving victims leaving local casinos. SPD would like to bring awareness to this criminal activity and provide the following safety tips to help prevent this crime from happening to you. 1. Be aware of your surroundings – avoid walking… Filed Under: Alerts, General

SPD Seeking Nation-wide Applicants for Deputy and Assistant Chiefs 

After nearly two and a half years as interim, Adrian Z. Diaz was sworn in as Chief of the Seattle Police Department on January 12th, 2023. Now, with its top leadership clarified, SPD is launching a nation-wide search to fill the vacant Deputy Chief of Police position. The department will… [ Keep reading ]

SPD Announces Shift Schedule Change

The Seattle Police Department is announcing a new shift schedule for all patrol officers, effective Wednesday, February 15th. The change is the result of an extensive review process to ensure SPD has adequate staffing during the peak hours of calls for service — despite limited staff.   Patrol shifts will now… Filed Under: News Releases, Statements and News Releases

SPD Releases Body Worn Video of Officers’ Response To Shots Fired Calls

On February 1st just before 7p, Seattle Police officers from East Precinct responded to 12th Avenue East and East Mercer Street after multiple callers reported hearing shots fired. The officers’ response was video recorded by community members and is currently being shared on social media. In the interest of full transparency, SPD… Filed Under: East Precinct, News Releases

SPD’s Tweets By Beat Accounts Not Impacted by Changes at Twitter

UPDATE: 2/9/23, 2:06 PM: Based on an announcement from Twitter yesterday, SPD’s Tweets by Beat accounts will no longer be impacted by a change to Twitter API. This means all Tweets by Beat accounts will continue to function and be updated. Each account will now be subject to a 1500… [ Keep reading ]

Chief Diaz’s Statement Regarding Fatal Collision

I am speaking today to provide additional information regarding last week’s officer-involved collision at Dexter and Thomas and provide clarification about the investigation timeline and process. First and foremost, and from my heart: this collision is a terrible tragedy for all involved, but especially and most importantly, for Ms. Kandula’s… Filed Under: Chief of Police, General

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 ]