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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 ]

2020 Data Shows Arrests, Use of Force Continue To Be Rare With Those in Crisis

The latest report on SPD’s Hostage Negotiations Team(HNT) and crisis responses shows arrests and use of force continues to be a rare occurrence when officers are dealing with persons in crisis. With 98 HNT responses reported last year, more than half of those calls were resolved either prior to their arrival… [ Keep reading ]

The Seattle Police Department Pledges to Advance Women in Policing

Today, the Seattle Police Department has signed on to the 30×30 Pledge – a series of low- and no-cost actions policing agencies can take to improve the representation and experiences of women in law enforcement. The activities help policing agencies assess the current state of a department with regard to… [ Keep reading ]

Chief Diaz Statement on Mental Health and Crisis Calls in the City

Seattle Police Statement on Recent Court Ruling for Drug Possession Arrests

The Seattle Police Department will follow the law and has already issued this directive, effective immediately. This morning the Washington State Supreme Court ruled RCW 69.50.4013 unconstitutional. RCW 69.50.4013, also known to as simple drug possession, is no longer an arrestable offense. It also cannot be used as a legal… [ Keep reading ]

Surpassing Reform: SPD’s Commitment to Accountability and Transparency

Tomorrow, the new monitor overseeing Seattle’s federal consent decree will file a monitoring plan with the court for the next year. SPD collaborated in developing this plan and will continue engagement with the monitor, City, and federal partners, to continue to ensure SPD is a model for a new era… [ Keep reading ]

Three Additional SPD Officers Under Investigation For Possible Involvement in Attack on US Capitol

I have been notified that the Office of Police Accountability has opened an investigation into three additional SPD officers who were in Washington DC on the day of the attack on the US Capitol. These officers self-reported to their supervisors and remain on duty at this time. As I stated… [ Keep reading ]

Chief Diaz’s Remarks on Investigation of Officers in DC and Year-End Crime Data

Today, Chief Diaz provided an update on the investigation announced on Friday, as well as the 2020 end-of-year crime statistics. From Chief Diaz: “As the Seattle Police Department stated on Friday, a member of SPD notified their chain of command that photos on social media showed several two SPD officers… [ Keep reading ]

SPD Officers in D.C. Referred to OPA

Today the Seattle Police Department was made aware that at least two of its officers were reportedly in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. The Department fully supports all lawful expressions of First Amendment freedom of speech, but the violent mob and events that unfolded at the U.S. Capitol were unlawful and… [ Keep reading ]

SPD Launches Public Disclosure Request Data Dashboard

As part of the Seattle Police Department’s ongoing commitment to transparency, SPD is publishing data about our public disclosure process to give additional insight into high volume and complexity of requests filed with the department every year. For the past few years, SPD has received approximately 8,000 public records requests annually,… [ Keep reading ]