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Mike Washburn

Mike Washburn began his career with the Seattle Police Department in December 1986. As a police officer, Washburn worked in the South Precinct in Patrol, as a Field Training Officer, and later in the Anti-Crime Team.  In 1993, he was promoted to Sergeant and served as a South Precinct Patrol supervisor and a Community Police Team supervisor.  Washburn was then assigned as a Detective Sergeant in the Juvenile Unit at the East Precinct.

As a Lieutenant, he served as a watch commander at the East Precinct. He then took over the South Precinct's Weed and Seed program and eventually coordinated all three of Seattle's Federally-Designated Weed and Seed Sites while simultaneously being assigned to the newly opened Southwest Precinct as the Operations Commander. In 2003, he served a 6-month fellowship with the Department of Justice at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. as the Safe Streets Executive Fellow.

In 2005, Washburn was promoted to Captain and served as the North Precinct Commander for almost five years. He was then assigned to the Investigations Bureau and commanded the Violent Crimes Section which includes Robbery, Homicide, CSI, and the Gang Unit. He then commanded the Audit, Policy and Research Section and finally served as SPD’s Human Resources Director.

From December 2013 through March 2015, Washburn served as an Assistant Chief on the transitional command staff for Interim Chiefs Pugel and Bailey and Chief O’Toole. 

Captain Washburn holds a Masters Degree in the Administration of Justice from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Bachelor of Arts Degrees from Central Washington University in both Law and Justice and Sociology. He is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University.





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