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SPD Office of Police Accountability Direct Processing of Public Disclosure Requests   

The Seattle Police Department and the Office of Police Accountability are pleased to confirm that, after a year of preparation, on November 1, 2023, OPA will assume from SPD direct responsibility for responding to all public disclosure requests (PDRs) and legal process (subpoena duces tecum) for OPA files, records, and… [ Keep reading ]

Video: South Precinct Pattern Burglary Press Conference


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 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 ]

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.—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 5/17/2022 Seattle Police Department employees in quarantine or isolation: 20 SPD employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 (2020 – to date): 549 SPD employees who have tested negative for COVID-19: 1,136 The following information is accurate as of 1/21/2022 Seattle Police Department… [ 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 ]

Washington State Patrol Investigating After SPD Officer Killed in Sunday Morning Collision on I-5

The Washington State Patrol is investigating after an SPD officer was struck and killed by a driver on I-5 Sunday morning. The SPD officer had just left work when they happened upon a collision on I-5 near South Forest Street. At this point in the investigation, it appears the officer pulled their vehicle over and got out to… [ Keep reading ]

SPD’s Crowd Management Changes

This past year has brought unprecedented demonstrations to our nation and our region, posing new challenges for our community and the Seattle Police Department. Our department has been the focus of many of the ongoing protests about inequities in criminal justice, violence in law enforcement, and SPD’s own response to demonstrations. Over the past… [ Keep reading ]