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The City's first charter established the Marshall as the local peace officer. In 1883 the position of Chief of Police was established. The City Charter of 1890 created the Board of Police Commissioners which administered the Department and appointed officers. Following allegations of corruption, the Commission was abolished by the new Charter of the 1896. In 1962, the Department assumed authority for policing the harborfront, formerly a function of the Harbor Department. Since 1883, Seattle has been served by 39 Police Chiefs.
Proceedings of Commission meetings. Includes reports of disciplinary actions and policy decisions concerning the Seattle Police Department. The Board was established by the Charter of 1890 to oversee and regulate the Police Department.