9.060 - Firearms

Effective Date: 11/20/2013

This policy applies to all Department employees required to carry a firearm in the course of their duties.

9.060-POL

1. Sworn Employees Working In Official Capacity as a Seattle Police Officer Shall Carry an Approved Department Firearm

This applies while the employee is on or off-duty working in the capacity of a Seattle Police Officer.

Off-duty officers will not be administratively protected under the authority of the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) unless carrying a firearm authorized by the Department.

The Department shall not require employees to work without a firearm except as provided by their collective bargaining agreement.

2. Officers Shall Carry Firearms Authorized by the Department While Acting in the Capacity of a Seattle Police Officer

Any firearm a Department employee wishes to carry shall conform to firearm specifications listed in the Equipment Reference Catalog (ERC).

Exception: A Bureau Chief may authorize the carry of a specialty firearm. Only the   employee authorized to deploy with the specialty firearm shall deploy with it. See 9.060-PRO-1 Specialty Firearm Requests.

3. While Armed, Sworn Personnel Shall Carry Department-Issued Identification

The officer must carry either their department issued commission card and/or badge when armed.

Exception: Officers carrying unauthorized weapons or weapons otherwise not owned by the Seattle Police Department under the authority of a concealed pistol license (CPL) and officers working approved undercover details are exempt from this requirement.

4. Employees Shall Carry Firearms and Reloads as Prescribed by the Equipment Reference Catalog (ERC)

5. Employees Shall not Modify any Authorized Firearms Without Approval

Department issued and privately owned weapons and magazines the Department authorizes the employee to deploy shall not be modified from factory stock condition unless modified by the Firearms Training Squad.

6. All Sworn Personnel May Apply for Assignment to the Patrol Shotgun Program (PSP)

Officers must complete probation prior to assignment to the PSP.

Officers must complete the PSP School and maintain annual qualification in order to deploy with the patrol shotgun.

Entrance into the PSP School shall be subject to a selection process. See 9.060-PRO-1 Patrol Shotgun Program Selection

6. All Sworn Personnel May Apply for Assignment to the Patrol Rifle Program (PRP)

Officers must complete 2 years of service to become eligible for assignment to the PRP.

Officers must complete the PRP School and maintain annual qualification in order to deploy with the patrol rifle.

Entrance into the PRP School shall be subject to a selection process. See 9.060-PRO-2 Patrol Rifle Program Selection

9.060-PRO-1 Patrol Shotgun Program Selection

Firearms Training Squad (FTS)

1. Makes an announcement via internal email regarding an upcoming rifle or shotgun school.

Department Employee

2. Submits a memorandum to their precinct/section captain for admission into the school.

Precinct/Section Captain

3. Submits a ranked list of officers to the FTS.

Firearms Training Squad

4. Notifies selected officers of training dates and times for the school.

9.060-PRO-2 Patrol Rifle Program Selection

Firearms Training Squad (FTS)

1. Makes an announcement via internal email regarding an upcoming rifle or shotgun school.

Department Employee

2. Submits a memorandum to their precinct/section captain for admission into the school.

Precinct/Section Captain

3. Submits a ranked list of officers to the Professional Standards Bureau Chief.

Professional Standards Bureau Chief

4. Notifies the FTS of selection of officers for assignment to the program.

Firearms Training Squad

5. Notifies selected officers of training dates and times for the school.