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Safety Alert: Home Invasion 

The Seattle Police Department would like to draw awareness on home invasions that have been occurring within our communities. Please take into consideration the following that may assist in providing an increased measure of security and safety for you and your family. SPD wants to ensure these communities know that… [ Keep reading ]


The images captured on body worn video in January of 2021 show inappropriate items inside a room at the East precinct. While we do not know the origin of the items in question from 2 ½ years ago, there is no doubt they are inappropriate. We recognize the hurt and… [ Keep reading ]

SPD Continues Record Number of Guns Taken into Custody for 2023

The Seattle Police Department continues to increase the number of guns taken into custody in 2023 – surpassing totals from prior years. According to the latest numbers provided by SPD’s Data-Driven Policing Unit, 138 guns were taken into custody in May 2023, with 629 firearms taken into custody year-to-date. This… [ Keep reading ]

A Message to the Community from Chief Adrian Z. Diaz

(UPDATE) SPD Response to Federal Court Order Enjoining City Property Destruction Law

UPDATE: 06/15/2023, 1:48 p.m. This morning, the Court entered an order clarifying that the preliminary injunction issued on June 13th enjoins only enforcement of SMC 12A.08.020(A)(2) (Graffiti) – not the section in full.  Officers can again take enforcement action under SMC 12(A).08.020(A)(1) (intentionally damaging the property of another).  Original: 06/14/2023 Late yesterday afternoon,… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Police Working with Seattle Schools to Address Violence

The Seattle Police Department has been diligent in working closely with the Seattle School District to identify and address the ongoing disputes resulting in violence around Garfield High School. The department will be starting a patrol emphasis in the area to provide police presence to assist in protecting public safety… [ Keep reading ]

2023 Seattle Police Department’s “Before the Badge” Community-Police Dialogues

Sign-up is now open for the 2023 Seattle Police Department’s “Before the Badge” Community-Police Dialogues. East Precinct Dialogue is coming up on Wednesday – March 22, 2023! North Precinct Dialogue is on Monday – March 27th! The dialogues will be conducted by the SPD Micro-Community Policing Plans Research team and held virtually via… Filed Under: Community Outreach, Events

SPD Alert: Casino Visitors Being Targeted

The Seattle Police Department has responded to several armed robberies involving victims leaving local casinos. SPD would like to bring awareness to this criminal activity and provide the following safety tips to help prevent this crime from happening to you. 1. Be aware of your surroundings – avoid walking… Filed Under: Alerts, General

SPD Seeking Nation-wide Applicants for Deputy and Assistant Chiefs 

After nearly two and a half years as interim, Adrian Z. Diaz was sworn in as Chief of the Seattle Police Department on January 12th, 2023. Now, with its top leadership clarified, SPD is launching a nation-wide search to fill the vacant Deputy Chief of Police position. The department will… [ Keep reading ]

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