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

Seattle Population: 652,406 (2013)

Seattle Physical Size: 143 square miles

Population of King County: 2.044 million (2013)

Washington State Population: 7.062 million (2014)


  • Foot, car and bike patrols in all five precincts.
  • Harbor Unit patrol of 59 square miles of waterways.
  • Investigative duties for all crimes including arson investigations.
  • 9-1-1 Communication Center answers all calls for police, fire and medical emergencies in the city.
  • Traffic Enforcement.
  • Parking Enforcement.
  • Homeland Security and the Bomb/Arson Unit
  • Specialty units, such as SWAT, Gang Unit and canine.


Kathleen O'Toole is Chief of Police.

Chief of Police and Command Staff Biographies




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Seattle, WA 98124-4986
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