Department Fact Sheet

The Seattle Police Department is the largest Municipal law enforcement agency in Washington State.

About the City

Seattle Population: 686,800 (2016)

Seattle Physical Size: 143 square miles

Population of King County: 2.1 million (2015)

Washington State Population: 7.288 million (2016)

About the Department

Sworn Officers – 1,376 (2016)

Civilian Employees - 513

911 Calls – 866,311 calls per year (2015)

Public Disclosure Requests -  5,884 (2016)

Patrol:

Responds to an average of 575 calls for service a day.

Proactively engages in 295 incidents a day.

Completes 213 police reports a day.

Primary Duties of the Department

Sworn Officer Rank Structure

Policing involves a chain-of-command, with sworn officers of higher rank giving direction to those working under them as follows

  1. Chief of Police
  2. Deputy Chief
  3. Assistant Chief
  4. Captain
  5. Lieutenant
  6. Sergeant
  7. Officers and Detectives