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1.010 - Authority and Jurisdiction

Effective Date: 2/19/2014


This policy applies to all employees.

1. The Department is Governed by Law

The City of Seattle is a first class city as described in RCW 35.22.010 and is governed and organized in accordance with the Washington State Constitution Article 11, Section 10, Amendment 40.

2. The Mayor’s Powers and Duties are Listed in City Charter, Article V, Section 2

3. The Police Chief’s Powers, Duties and Responsibilities are Listed in City Charter, Article VI

The Chief of Police manages the Department and will prescribe rules and regulations consistent with the law.

4. The Chief of Police is Appointed by the Mayor, Subject to Confirmation of all Members of the City Council - City Charter, Article VI, Section 2

5. All Subordinate Police Officers are Appointed by the Chief of Police under Civil Service Rules and Regulations City Charter, Article VI, Section 2


Adrian Diaz, Chief of Police
Address: 610 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98104-1900
Mailing Address: PO Box 34986, Seattle, WA, 98124-4986
Phone: (206) 625-5011
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