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SPD Partners With Center for Policing Equity

Today the Seattle Police Department is launching an important new partnership with an organization known for reducing racial bias in public safety; the Center for Policing Equity (CPE). The CPE is a Los Angeles-based research and advocacy organization that produces analyses to identify and reduce the causes of racial disparities… [ Keep reading ]

Man Charged With Stealing Police Rifle, Setting Patrol Car on Fire During May 30 Riot in Downtown Seattle

“I want to thank the SPD detectives, and our federal partners, for their extraordinary work in continuing to investigate this crime, and for identifying, locating, and arresting the suspects involved. I appreciate the extensive hours necessary to make these arrests, and in the effort put forth to locate the weapons stolen.  We are eager to recover the still-missing weapons and ask… [ Keep reading ]

A Letter From the Chief of Police to Officers

To the Members of the Seattle Police Department:                 I want to thank each of you for your ongoing dedication to this Department and this city. Many of you have made significant changes to your daily life in recent days to improve the SPD’s response to 911 calls and conditions throughout… [ Keep reading ]

Reallocation of SPD Resources to Patrol

On September 1st, Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz announced the reassignment of officers from follow up and specialty units back into patrol. The department has now notified the officers and detectives affected and is releasing the units impacted and the number of officers reassigned from those units. They are as… [ Keep reading ]

Chief Diaz’s Message on Patrol Resources

To the Members of the Seattle Police Department – The mission of the Seattle Police Department centers on preventing and responding to criminal behavior. Throughout my time on the department, and I am sure long before then, we have repeatedly said that Patrol 911 Response is the backbone of the… [ Keep reading ]

Letter Sent to Council

August 3rd, 2020Lorena González, President and Lisa Herbold, Public Safety ChairSeattle City Council, City Hall600 Fourth Ave, 2nd FloorSeattle, WA 98104Re: Intimidation of Public Officials and Employees Dear President González, Chairwoman Herbold, and Seattle City Council Members:I wanted to update you on recent events, particularly those that occurred late last… [ Keep reading ]

Letter to City Council Regarding Council Ordinance 119805 – Crowd Control Tools 

July 23, 2020Lorena González, President and Lisa Herbold, Public Safety ChairSeattle City Council, City Hall600 Fourth Ave, 2nd FloorSeattle, WA 98104 Re: City Council Ordinance 119805 – Crowd Control Tools Dear President González, Chairwoman Herbold, and Seattle City Council Members: SPD has confirmed with the City Attorney’s Office that the… [ Keep reading ]

Chief Best’s Message to Officers on Potential Cuts to Police Budget

Today Chief Bestsent amessageto officersto convey the financial outlook of the City and address any future cuts that may happen within SPD. While no decisions have been made yet,wewanted the community to be aware of thesituation.Laying off 50% of the department would be catastrophic for public safety in the city… [ Keep reading ]

Chief Best’s Letter to the Community on Re-Envisioning Public Safety in Seattle

June 22, 2020 To the Seattle Community: The last few weeks in Seattle – beginning on May 25th, 2020, when George Floyd was murdered by a City of Minneapolis Police Officer – have been the most transformative and challenging moments, in my lifetime, for our City, and for the Seattle… [ Keep reading ]

Chief Best’s Address to Officers

Please watch this video for an update about the situation at the East Precinct and my message to each and every one of you. Stay safe and take care of one another. Carmen Best Chief  of Police 6/11/20 11:05am *Point of clarification. We are only releasing this publicly after hearing… [ Keep reading ]