15.200 - Retail Theft Program

Effective Date: 11/01/16

15.200–POL

This policy applies to arrests made by security officers working for stores that participate in the Retail Theft Program (RTP).

1. Definitions

Retail Theft Program – A voluntary program which allows a security officer working for a participating store to file misdemeanor trespass and theft cases without patrol officer involvement.

Security Incident Report (SPD form 5.14A) – Form completed by store security routed directly to the Retail Theft Program for follow-up.

RTP Top Ten Offenders List – A list maintained by detectives assigned to the Retail Theft Program to identify chronic offenders.

- Officers will book Top Ten Offenders arrested for RTP incidents and obtain witness statements from store security.

2. RTP Detectives Review Security Incident Reports, Conduct Investigations & Forward Cases to the City Attorney’s Office

3. Patrol Officers are Dispatched to RTP Calls in Certain Cases

Store security may request an officer response if the incident involves more than a misdemeanor theft or trespass, including:

- Felony theft of merchandise, over $1000 (Per K.C. Prosecutors Filing Standard)

- Additional criminal acts

- Suspect has an outstanding warrant over $750 bookable into the KCJ

- Store security cannot verify the identification of the subject

- Suspect is on the RTP Top Ten Offenders List

- Suspect is a juvenile and legal caretakers cannot be contacted (See Seattle Police Manual Section 6.290 - Juvenile Investigations & Arrests)

4. Officers May Assist Store Security in Verifying Suspect Identification

An officer may only be needed to verify a suspect’s identity on a RTP.  The officer will tell store security how they verified the suspect’s identity and update the call in CAD. 

5. Officers Must Make an Independent Determination of Probable Cause Before Arresting a Suspect

6. Officers Obtain a Statement or Security Incident Report if They Make an Arrest

These documents are faxed to Data.

7. Officers Complete all Reports Using the Same General Offense Number Used for the Security Incident Report

Store security may have a GO number issued to them by Communications, or responding officers may provide store security with the CAD GO number.

Officers use the GO number on related reports that is the same as the one used on the Security Incident Report.

Exception: If officers are only making a warrant arrest, officers will follow 6.280-Warrant Arrests (POL-14).

8. If Officers Book an RTP Suspect for Warrants or Other Misdemeanor Charges, they Will Also Book the Suspect for the RTP Theft/Trespass

Officers include all information regarding the theft/trespass incident and investigation. See 15.200-PRO-1 Misdemeanor Booking of RTP suspects.

9. Officers Obtain Witness Statements and a Statement of Value from the Store Security for Felony or Top Ten Offender Arrests

See 15.200-PRO-2 Felony Booking of RTP suspects.

 

15.200-PRO-1 Booking a Suspect for a Misdemeanor RTP

Store Security

1. Completes Security Incident Report

Officer

2. Verifies any warrants

3. Completes a GO report and a booking form including all information regarding the theft/trespass incident and investigation

4. If the suspect is booked on warrants, clears the incident as a warrant arrest

5. Faxes the security incident report or witness statements to the Data Center

- If store security cannot provide the security incident report or witness statements at the scene, advises store security to fax the documents to the Data Center and mail the original documents to the Data Center as soon as possible.

Seattle Police Department

Data Center

610-5th Ave

P.O. Box 34986

Mail Stop JC-05-01

Seattle, WA. 98124-4986

Fax: 206 684-5340

15.200-PRO-2 Booking a RTP Suspect for a Felony

Security

1. Completes a witness statement and value statement

Officer

2. Verifies any warrants

3. Completes a GO report and a booking form including all information regarding the theft/trespass incident and investigation

4. Faxes the witness statements to the Data Center

- If store security cannot provide the security incident report or witness statements at the scene, advises store security to fax the documents to the Data Center and mail the original documents to the Data Center as soon as possible.

Seattle Police Department

Data Center

610-5th Ave

P.O. Box 34986

Mail Stop JC-05-01

Seattle, WA. 98124-4986

Fax: 206 684-5340