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Chief Diaz Statement on Current Staffing Crisis

I wanted to provide you with a staffing update as we enter the second half of the year. The Seattle Police Department has seen a reduction of 402 officers/detectives deployable staff since 2019. These losses have been felt in every corner of SPD at a time when homicides and incidents of… [ Keep reading ]

Chief Diaz on SPD’s Consent Decree Compliance Milestone

The Federal Court Monitor’s recent assessment, that the Seattle Police Department has sustained full and effective compliance under the Consent Decree, marks a significant milestone in modern policing. SPD has become the first department in the new era of Consent Decrees to reach this point. We thank the Monitor, the… [ Keep reading ]

SPD Statement Regarding Monitor’s Preliminary Draft Report on Assessment of Use of Force

The Seattle Police Department shares community concern around numbers reported in the Monitor’s preliminary draft of the Use of Force Assessment with respect to officer reporting of perceived subject race. The fact of the matter is that force is thoroughly reviewed – and we have shown that consistently since the first assessment in 2015. Having… [ Keep reading ]

Chief Diaz’s Statement on Upcoming Council Budget Amendments

Good afternoon, About an hour from now, the City Council will vote on whether to eliminate 101 police officer positions. This would be devastating to our city’s already overwhelmed public safety system and demoralizing to the hardworking officers who have continued to serve our community through an increasingly difficult time. … [ 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 ]

SPD Releases Current Numbers for Employee Covid Vaccination Status

Update 10/6: The Seattle Police Department is releasing the most current data on COVID-19 vaccination status of employees. As of today, 292 sworn officers have not yet submitted proof of vaccination. Originally posted October 5th, 2021 The Seattle Police Department is releasing the most current data on COVID-19 vaccination status… [ Keep reading ]

Chief Diaz’s Letter Regarding Upcoming Vaccine Deadline, SPD Staffing Plan

Today, SPD Chief Adrian Diaz sent the following letter to all staff regarding next week’s vaccination deadline: To the Members of the Seattle Police Department – This coming Tuesday, October 5th, is the deadline to submit your proof of COVID-19 Vaccination. I am asking anyone who has not submitted this information… [ Keep reading ]

Update: Detectives Arrest Suspect in Phinney Ridge Homicide

Update 10/6/21: Detectives with the SPD Homicide Unit, CRG Unit, and US Marshalls arrested Jacaree Hardy today in the city of Renton without incident. Detectives are currently questioning him and will book him into King County Jail when they are done. Original: The death of a 20-year-old woman found in… [ Keep reading ]

SPD Statement on Monday Evening Seattle City Council Budget Vote

The Seattle Police Department thanks the Council for voting to allow the Department to retain its previously approved budget. Since the 2021 budget was passed, over 150 officers have left the department. The City has continued to see a surge in gun and other violence. In the face of these… [ Keep reading ]