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

Seattle Population: 612,000

Seattle Physical Size: 143 square miles

Population of King County: 1,933,400

Washington State Population: 6,733,200

Seattle Police Department Staffing: 1,820 (approx.)


  • 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

Department Org Chart




Includes Department Manual, Annual Reports and special topic reports. Go to publications

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Headquarters: 610 5th Avenue,
Seattle, WA 98124-4986
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