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SPD Rejects Irresponsible Undermining of Community Relations

Seattle’s police officers have embraced reform and have worked incredibly hard to build community trust.  We do not intend to go backwards.  It is truly unfortunate that in today’s toxic environment, politicians at both ends of the spectrum have sought to inflame passions by politicizing what we do.  We remain… [ Keep reading ]

Successes of Hardworking Women and Men of SPD Speak for Themselves

As the Chief of Police, I will not participate in political theater occurring days before an election. My commitment to this job and this city have been obvious to anyone taking part in our efforts to make SPD a national leader and to keep Seattle one of the safest cities… [ Keep reading ]

Come Enjoy the 4th at Lake Union, Just Leave the Fireworks at Home

With the 4th of July coming up this Tuesday, the Seattle Police Department would like to provide you with some important reminders about safety, fireworks and how you can help ease the strain on our 911 center during the busy holiday. The possession, manufacture, storage, sale and use of fireworks (meaning everything but… [ Keep reading ]

Notice Of Public Hearing On Proposed Rules For Public Disclosure And Fee Collection

Notice of Public Hearing and Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Rules Relating to Public Disclosure and the Collection of Fees Associated with Providing Copies of Records Washington’s Public Records Act (PRA) has allowed agencies to impose a reasonable charge for providing copies of public records since it was adopted by… [ Keep reading ]

Assistant Chief Merner Selected as Chief of Portsmouth, NH Police Department

It is with mixed emotions that I announce that Assistant Chief Robert Merner has been offered a job as police chief of the Portsmouth Police Department in New Hampshire. I couldn’t be more proud of Chief Merner. He has effectively led the Criminal Investigations Bureau for the last two years,… [ Keep reading ]

Chief O’Toole’s Statement on Irish Nomination

Late last evening, I received a call from the Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland who informed me that she intended to nominate me as chair of a commission to reform Irish policing.  I am certainly honored by this nomination, but also it is a testament to the incredible work the… [ 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 ]

Statement from Chief O’Toole on Recent Gun Violence

In the last 24 hours, there have been five shooting incidents, leaving one person dead and four others injured. We offer our deepest sympathy to the family of the young woman who died yesterday. Our hearts go out to these victims and their loved ones. We are outraged by the… [ Keep reading ]

Statement from Chief Kathleen O’Toole on Use of Force Assessment

I want to take this opportunity to share with you the results of the Monitor’s assessment on SPD use of force, which will be filed with the court today and no doubt be the subject of much media attention. In short, the Monitor’s assessment confirms the data that SPD reported… [ 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 ]