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Deputy Chief Chris Fowler retiring from SPD to join the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission

I would like to announce the retirement of Deputy Chief of Police Chris Fowler and thank him for his outstanding contributions and 26 years of service to this City, and for helping to make the Seattle Police Department a national model for reform and constitutional policing. “Throughout my 26 years… [ Keep reading ]

Carmen Best sworn in as new Chief of Police

UPDATE NEW TIMES AND LOCATION FOR COMMUNITY SWEARING-IN CEREMONIES  Today I was confirmed unanimously by the City Council as the Chief of Police for the Seattle Police Department.  Next Tuesday, August 21st, there will be community swearing-in ceremonies at the following locations: Seattle City Hall | Bertha Knight Landes Room |… [ Keep reading ]

Chief Best’s Statement on SPD’s Full and Effective Compliance With the Consent Decree

I am thrilled to announce that this afternoon at 3:00, the federal court overseeing our reforms entered an order finding the Seattle Police Department in full and effective compliance with all core areas of the Consent Decree.  To all of you who have worked so hard, my deep, heartfelt congratulations,… [ Keep reading ]

SPD Assists FBI In Organized Crime Investigation

From the Department of Justice: SIX ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH ORGANIZED CRIMINAL RING PROFITING FROM PROSTITUTION ENTERPRISE Defendants Rented Apartments for Prostitution, Advertised on Backpage.com and other Sites; Cycled Sex Workers through Locations across the West Six people are under arrest and law enforcement served court authorized search warrants at more than… [ Keep reading ]

Washington State ICAC Arrest 11 Suspects in Multi-Agency Operation in Vancouver, WA

The following is a news release from the WA State ICAC Task Force, of which the Seattle Police Department is a partner: Member agencies of the Washington State Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted a targeted operation in the Vancouver, WA area. This was a proactive investigation to locate… [ Keep reading ]

SPD Releases Use of Force Data

As part of the National Police Foundation Initiative, we are publishing our use of force data to highlight transparency around our policy, process, and training with regards to use of force and how it is investigated.  Working to maintain public trust is one of our core principles. It is within this spirit… [ Keep reading ]

Traffic Impacts Expected This Weekend For Pride, Presidential Visit

President Obama and several other dignitaries are visiting Seattle this weekend  just as Seattle Pride gets underway, which means it’s time to start planning for traffic impacts around the city. Downtown streets, arterials and some freeway on and off-ramps will be subject to intermittent closures throughout the weekend, altering normal traffic… [ Keep reading ]

Chief O’Toole’s Statement On Mass Shooting In Orlando

The Seattle Police Department offers its sincere condolences to all affected by today’s tragic mass shooting in Orlando. I have been in communication with senior officials from the FBI and DHS, as well as our state and local law enforcement partners. While there is no information indicating any specific threat to… [ Keep reading ]

SPD Announces Initiative to Prevent Overdose Deaths

Bike officers to be trained and equipped with Nasal Naloxone Today the Seattle Police Department, together with The Marah Project and the University of Washington announced an initiative equipping bike officers with Nasal Naloxone (also known as Narcan) in an effort to decrease deaths from opiate overdoses. This program updates… [ Keep reading ]

SPD Partners with Transgender Community on New Policy

Today, Seattle Police Department released a training video produced in partnership with members of the transgender community, highlighting the steps officers will take to ensure transgender individuals are treated with dignity and respect during all contacts with police. The video, produced by the department’s Education and Training Section, was prepared… [ Keep reading ]