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Official Statement on Use of Force During Friday Night Protests

Every year, the Seattle Police Department facilitates over 300 free speech events, the vast majority without incident or arrest.  Our policies and training are built around maximizing the exercise of free speech without officer intervention.  The Seattle Police Department will continue to support the peaceful exercise of First Amendment rights…. [ Keep reading ]

Chief Best’s Statement to Officers Regarding George Floyd

To the Men and Women of the Seattle Police Department: I wanted to take a moment to address the tragic murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police Department officer. In the video, we hear Mr. Floyd’s repeated calls for help. We hear him say over and over again that… [ Keep reading ]

COVID-19 Impacts to Seattle Police Personnel

The following information is accurate May 18, 2020 at 7:00 AM Seattle Police Department (SPD) employees in either Quarantine or Isolation: 18 SPD employees who have returned to work based on Public Health guidelines: 324 SPD employees who have tested positive for COVID-19: 7 SPD employees who have been tested… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Files Motion to Terminate Seattle Police Department Consent Decree Sustainment Plan with Judge Robart

SEATTLE (May 7, 2020) – After meeting the comprehensive reform and improvements in Seattle Police Department operations set forth in the Consent Decree Sustainment Plan, the City of Seattle and the Department of Justice filed a motionand corresponding memorandum to terminate that plan. In 2011, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) released findings of… [ Keep reading ]

My Response to The Guardian

In the Editor’s Notes column of The Guardian, there are several claims that are false. Because false information unchecked will soon take on a life of its own, I am writing to address two key points in immediate need of correction. I AM NOT A CANDIDATE FOR ANOTHER POLICE CHIEF… [ Keep reading ]

Command Changes and Promotions

As we approach a new era of our organization, it is critical that our leadership aligns with our priorities. ln keeping with this vision, I am making the following Command Staff announcements. I sincerely appreciate the contribution of Marc Garth Green stepping into the role of Deputy Chief. However, we… [ Keep reading ]

SPD Overhauls K9 Policy After Review

Today, the Seattle Police Department (SPD) is releasing video of a canine team taking a robbery suspect into custody. This video was released to a media outlet in fulfillment of a public disclosure request, and due to public interest in police accountability, we are also releasing the video publicly, as… [ Keep reading ]

Moving Forward, Looking Ahead

Since my public swearing in one year ago today, the focus of the Department has been on five guiding principles in service to our community: Reduce Crime and Disorder Service Excellence Honor and Professionalism Business Efficiencies Data-Driven Policies and Practices Equally important, we have been listening to all levels of… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle to Host Crisis Intervention Training International Conference

Over 1,200 law enforcement, corrections, behavioral health, advocates, and more will attend the CIT International Annual Conference August 26-28, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Seattle in Washington. This conference focuses on addressing crisis response and providing community supports for people with mental illnesses, addictions, and other vulnerable populations. The conference… [ Keep reading ]

Response to Political Advertisement

I was recently made aware of a campaign advertisement issued by a political action committee that features my image and quotes words I spoke concerning the state of support, or lack thereof, for police officers in this city. My statement is as true today as it was when spoken, but… [ Keep reading ]