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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 ]

Introducing SPD’s Record Request Center

As part of the Seattle Police Department’s ongoing commitment to transparency, SPD today became the first City of Seattle agency to launch an online Records Request Center, to improve access to public data and documents. The Records Request Center, powered by GovQA, will enhance how members of the public are able to… [ Keep reading ]

Mary Perry Joins Seattle Police Department as Director of Transparency and Privacy

The Seattle Police Department welcomes Mary Perry as Director of Transparency and Privacy. This is a new position with SPD as part of its re-organization of public disclosure response and enhanced compliance processes. In this role, Perry will oversee public disclosure and direct the department’s efforts to proactively provide data and… [ Keep reading ]

First Lady Michelle Obama Invites Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole to President Barack Obama’s Final State of the Union Address

The White House today announced that Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole will be in attendance for President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address at the invitation of First Lady Michelle Obama. Chief O’Toole will be seated in the First Lady’s Box. Since being selected by Mayor Murray to lead… [ Keep reading ]