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SPD Chief John Diaz Retiring; Assistant Chief Jim Pugel Promoted to Interim Chief

After a 36-year career in law enforcement, Seattle police Chief John Diaz is retiring. “It was time,” Chief Diaz said at a press conference Monday morning, flanked by his successor, Assistant Chief Jim Pugel, and Mayor Mike McGinn. Since taking the helm at SPD in 2009, Chief Diaz has overseen,… [ Keep reading ]

Want to See How Our Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Works?

The Seattle Police Department is one of 50 organizations that have received permission from the federal government to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) – also known as “drones”. What – UAV Question & Answer When – October 25th, 2012 Time – 6:00 p.m. Location- The Garfield Community Center, 2323 East Cherry Street, Seattle, WA… [ Keep reading ]

The Seattle Police Department is now taking applications for the Eleven-Week Community Police Academy

Want to learn about being a police officer?  What is CSI?  What does I & R stand for?  What’s a DOA?  The Seattle Police Department is now taking applications for the fall Community Police Academy that begins Thursday, September 6, 2012.  Classes are held once a week for eleven-weeks from… [ Keep reading ]

Traffic safety celebrates 10 year anniversary of seat belt law and 1,010 lives saved!

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Washington’s primary seat belt law. An estimated 1,010 lives have been saved since the initiation of the law requiring drivers and passengers to buckle up. To mark the occasion and maintain this trend, officers throughout Northwest Washington are conducting Click It or Ticket… [ Keep reading ]

Public’s assistance being sought

On 4/22/12, just shortly after 2:00 a.m., multiple shots were fired from a vehicle, in the area of 2nd Ave and Yesler Way.  Officers in the nearby area responded and located the 21-year-old female victim down on the sidewalk suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck.  The victim and her boyfriend… [ Keep reading ]

SPD officers give back to the community

On 4/6/2012, members from the Seattle Police Department participated in a charity basketball event in an effort to help raise funds for a local food bank and the Ballard High School football program. The department members who participated in this event did so on their own time as a way to give… [ Keep reading ]

SPD 20/20: A Vision For the Future

One way or another, the Seattle Police Department is going to look very different in the next 20 months. Following a harsh review by the Department of Justice—which called SPD out for a pattern of excessive force and intimated there were signs of biased policing in the department—city leaders and… [ Keep reading ]

Special Olympics Washington thanks SPD for support

This morning at Seattle Police Headquarters CEO Beth Wojick, Mary Do, Dan Wartelle and athlete/board member Angela Martin of Special Olympics Washington presented Chief John Diaz with a plaque in appreciation of the support that SPD provides to Special Olympics year-round.  Angela Martin personally thanked the Chief and explained how important police… [ Keep reading ]

SPD is Hiring Police Officers!

Entry Level Police Officer Exam: June 23-24, 2012.  Online Application Filing Period: April 2–27, 2012 at WORKSHOPS: We have free pre-test workshops available to help you prepare for the June 23-24 Entry Level Police Officer Exam.  You must pre-register with the Recruiting Unit in order to attend.    Please… [ Keep reading ]

The Seattle Police Foundation thanks the Seattle Hotel Association for hosting the Evening of Hope gala

The Seattle Hotel Association hosted their annual Evening of Hope Gala to benefit the Seattle Police Foundation, and honor President Obama’s Drug Czar and former Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske and his wife, Anna Laszlo Seattle, Washington — February 6, 2012 — This past Saturday, the Seattle Hotel Association hosted… [ Keep reading ]