General Policy Information
Latest Revision Date: 11/20/2013
Title 1 - Department Structure and Function
Title 2 - Department Employment
Title 3 - Employee Welfare
Title 4 - Human Resources
Title 5 - Employee Conduct
Title 6 - Arrests, Search and Seizure
Title 7 - Evidence and Property
Title 8 - Use of Force
Title 9 - Equipment and Uniforms
Title 10 - Police Facilities & Security
Title 11 - Detainee Management
Title 12 - Department Information Systems
Title 13 - Vehicle Operations
Title 14 - Emergency Operations
Title 15 - Primary Investigation
Title 16 - Patrol Operations
Effective Date: 5/1/2008
1. Resignations shall be made in writing and submitted to the Chief of Police at least two weeks in advance of the final day of employment.
1. The Public Safety Civil Service Secretary may permit the withdrawal of a resignation only upon a written request filed within 180 days from the effective date of the resignation, if the request for withdrawal bears the favorable recommendation of the Chief of Police (Public Safety Civil Service Rule 17.02).
C. Return to Eligible Register Following Resignation
1. A former employee who resigned may request the return of their name to the proper eligible register for their class (Civil Service Rule 10.05).
A. Employees nearing the date of retirement shall notify the Human Resources Section at least two weeks prior to their last day of work. This will provide adequate time for the preparation of necessary paperwork.
III. Returning Department Property
A. When any employee permanently vacates their office, the employee shall surrender all Department equipment and property to the Quartermaster. The Human Resources Section shall ensure that a separating employee has returned all Department-issued equipment and completed the Return of Equipment (form 1.75).
B. The Human Resources Section shall notify a separating employee’s sergeant when an employee is starting the separating process and shall notify the sergeant of any outstanding equipment issues.
C. Sergeants and non-sworn supervisors are responsible for insuring that separating or retiring employees return all Department property.
1. Sergeants and non-sworn Supervisors will be responsible for making all reasonable attempts at recovering Department property that has not been returned. Efforts may include phone calls, letters, and in-person contacts. All efforts will be documented.
2. If, after reasonable efforts at recovery, Department property is still not returned, the Sergeant or non-sworn Supervisor shall complete a memo detailing the outstanding items and the efforts made to recover them. All documentation should be attached to the memo, which shall be forwarded through the chain of command to the Human Resources Director with a copy to the Quartermaster Unit.
D. Lieutenants and above must return badges and cap shields to the Fiscal, Property, and Fleet Management Section.
E. In the event of death of an employee the Section/Precinct Captain to whom the deceased was as-signed shall make proper disposition of all Departmental property that was in the possession of the de-ceased.
IV. Retired Police Officer Commissions
A. Retired police officers may, within 2 years of retirement, request that an Extended Authority Commission be granted by the Department.
B. Retired police officers desiring Extended Authority shall request and complete a Retired Police Officer’s Commission packet.
C. Applicants shall also:
1. Acquire a Washington State approved First Aid Certification Card valid through the year of ex-tended authority.
2. Qualify with their firearm in accordance to the Department policy.
3. Take the Retired Officers Commission Examination.
4. Pay a fee of $50.00 to the Department's Fiscal, Property, and Fleet Management Section and return the receipt to the the Human Resources Section.
D. After completing the above requirements, the retired officer shall be photographed by the Human Resources Sectionand issued a Seattle Police Commission Card that will expire January 15th of the following year.
V. Discharge or Removal for Cause
A. Regular employees may be discharged from the Department only upon the filing by the Chief of Police or his designee of a written statement of the reasons for such discharge with the Public Safety Civil Service Commission (Public Safety Civil Service Rule 5.01 and City Personnel Rule 1.3.3.C).
B. Although a discharge may be made for any other good cause, the following are declared to illustrate adequate causes for discharge.
1. False or fraudulent statements or fraudulent conduct as an applicant, examinee, eligible, or employee, or such actions by others with the applicant’s, examinee’s, eligible’s, or employee’s connivance.
2. Conviction of a criminal offense or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.
3. Willful or intentional violation of any lawful and reasonable regulation, order or direction made or given by a superior officer.
4. Willful or intentional violation of any of the provisions of Civil Service law.
5. Incompetence or inefficiency in the performance of the duties of the position.
6. Improper or unauthorized use of City property or equipment.
7. Failure to pay or make reasonable provision for future payment of just debts.
8. Use of, or attempts to use, political influence or payment in securing appointment, promotion, transfer, leave of absence or increase in pay.
9. Aiding in assessment or collection from any employee of the City appointed under Public Safety Civil Service Rules for the purpose of securing the nomination or election of any person to municipal office.
10. An attempt to induce any employee of the City to commit an illegal act or act in violation of any lawful or reasonable Departmental regulation.
11. Taking or giving of bribes.
12. Abusive or improper treatment of a prisoner or one who is under arrest or sentence; provided, the acts committed were not necessarily or lawfully committed in self-defense, to protect the lives of others, or to prevent the escape of anyone lawfully in custody.
13. Unexcused absence from duty for three days.
14. Failure to pass a thorough medical examination in accordance with Public Safety Civil Service Rule 10.08. Discharge in such case is mandatory unless the employee is otherwise separated from the class to which probationary appointment has been made.
15. Other employment, which in any way conflicts with the City's interests or interferes with City employment.
16. Failure to successfully complete firearms qualification.
C. In the event an employee is discharged for cause, the employee shall receive a written notification containing:
1. The reason for the discharge.
2. The effective date of the discharge.
3. The status of any retirement, insurance or other benefit accounts.
VI. Right to Demand Investigation (Discharges)
A. A regular employee who is discharged or demoted may, within 10 days after the date of the Public Safety Civil Service Secretary's notification to the individual of such action, make written demand of the Public Safety Civil Service Commission for an investigation.
B. The Commission will proceed to conduct a hearing at which the Department and the employee involved will be entitled to the attendance of witnesses, and the employee may be represented by counsel.
C. After such hearing, the Commission shall make its finding and decision and certify the same to the Chief of Police, either sustaining the action or reinstating the employee (Public Safety Civil Service Rule 6).