Leading Police Reform
The Seattle Police Department has achieved remarkable progress in the eyes of our federal and local government officials, the people of Seattle, and the women and men of the Department. This work began when Mayor Murray took office, and during the past two years has been guided by SPD's four pillars of policing - Enhance Public Trust, Build Pride and Professionalism, Address Crime and Disorder, and Promote Best Business Practices.
These four principles form the foundation of the Department's priorities for the next two years, and beyond, outlined in this strategic plan. These objectives are the result of the combined efforts of SPD leadership to develop long term goals to support the delivery of police services in a manner that reflects the values, needs, and expectations of entire City of Seattle.Public trust remains paramount, both in terms of achieving complete compliance with the settlement agreement and maintaining a singular focus on community engagement. As we look toward the next two years, the institutionalization of new modes and measures of supervision and oversight, allow the Department to refocus its efforts on the responsibilities of every day policing - answering calls for assistance.
Effective policing requires community partnerships and trust. All SPD personnel share the responsibility of building and preserving this trust.
Policing is so much more than enforcing the law. SPD officers provide services at a far greater frequency than they make arrests. SPD will continue to create national models for recruiting, training, and supporting an effective and fair police service.
Effective, modern policing is grounded in agile, data-driven strategies. SPD is focused on multi-disciplinary solutions for improving life for residents and visitors.
Promote Best Business Practices
SPD has a duty to administer the resources granted to it in a responsible and effective manner. SPD is committed to implementing best business practices to provide efficient and skillful police services.