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Title 1 - Department Administration

1.010 - Authority and Jurisdiction

1.020 - Chain of Command

1.030 - Department Span of Control Chart

1.040 - Budget

1.050 - Grants

1.060 - Consultant Contract Administration

1.070 - Training

1.080 - Inspection and Audits

1.090 - Ticket Chain of Custody

1.100 - Ticket Audits

1.110 - Media Relations

Title 2 - Department Employment

2.020 - Appointments and Probation

2.030 - Retirements and Separations

2.050 - Collective Bargaining and Contract Management

2.060 - Grievances

2.070 - Performance Evaluations

Title 3 - Employee Welfare

3.035 - Reasonable Accommodation (ADA)

3.040 – Airborne Pathogens Control

3.045 - Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control

3.050 - Coordinating Officer Fatalities

3.070 - Performance Mentoring Program

3.080 - Travel Training System

3.090 - Employee Recognition Awards Program

3.170 - Honoring Those Killed in the Line of Duty

3.270 - Police Charity Committee

3.290 - Pre-Service/In-Service and Specialized Training

3.330 - Workplace Safety

3.340 - Employee Involvement Committees_JLMC

Title 4 - Human Resources

4.000 - Employee Move Tracking System (EMT)

4.005 - Police Employee Data System (PEDS)

4.010 - Employee Time Off

4.015 - Restricted Time Off for a Pre-Planned Event

4.020 - Reporting and Recording Overtime/Out of Classification Pay

4.030 - Jury Duty

4.040 - Sick Leave

4.050 - On-Duty Illness or Injury

4.060 - Long Term Disability Benefits

4.070 - Limited Duty Assignments

4.080 - Pregnancy

4.090 - Leave of Absence Without Pay

4.100 – Family and Medical Leave

4.110 - Sick Leave Donation

4.120 - Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Leave

4.130 - Military Leave

4.140 - Military Spouse/Domestic Partner Leave

4.150 - Funeral Leave

Title 5 - Employee Conduct

5.001 - Standards and Duties

5.002 - Responsibilities of Employees Concerning Complaints of Possible Misconduct

5.010 - Civil Actions

5.020 - Gifts and Gratuities

5.030 - Criminal Case Testimony

5.040 - EEO Complaints and Investigations

5.060 - Employee Political Activity

5.090 - Operations Bureau General Personnel Matters

5.100 - Operations Bureau Individual Responsibilities

5.120 - Secondary Employment

5.130 - Supervisor/Employee Relationships

5.140 - Bias-Free Policing

Bias-Free Policing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

5.150 - Use of Private Vehicles for City Business

5.160 - Citizen Observation of Officers

5.170 - Alcohol and Substance Use

5.175 - Critical Incident Stress Management Communications

5.190 - Court Appearances and Legal Proceedings

5.200 - Americans With Disabilities Act

Title 6 - Arrests, Search and Seizure

6.010 - Reporting Arrests and Detentions

6.020 - Arrests and Detentions of Foreign Nationals

6.030 - Body Cavity Searches

6.060 - Collection of Information for Law Enforcement Purposes

6.120 - Impounding Vehicles

6.130 - Informant Management

6.135 - Cooperating Witnesses

6.140 - Locating a Cell Phone during an Emergency

6.150 - Advising Persons of Right to Counsel and Miranda

6.180 - Searches-General

6.181 - Performing Inventory Searches

6.185 - Search Warrants

6.210 - Strip Searches

6.220 - Voluntary Contacts and Terry Stops

6.250 - Use of Non-SPD Canines

6.280 - Warrant Arrests

6.290 - Juvenile Investigations and Arrests

Title 7 - Evidence and Property

7.010 - Submitting Evidence

7.020 - Found Property

7.030 - Firearms & Shell Casings

7.040 - Dangerous or Hazardous Evidence

7.050 - Checking Out Evidence for Court

7.060 - Releasing Evidence

7.070 - Converting Evidence for Department Use

7.080 - Money Evidence

7.090 - Photographic Evidence

7.100 - Fingerprint Evidence

7.110 - Recorded Statements

7.120 - Narcotics Evidence

7.130 – Narcotics Training Aid and Investigative Use Drug Property Release

7.140 – Firearm Training Aid and Investigative Use

7.150 - Detainee Property for Safekeeping

Title 8 - Use of Force

8.000 - Use of Force Core Principles

8.050 - Use of Force Definitions

8.100 - Using Force

8.200 - Use of Force Tools

8.300 - Use of Force Reporting and Investigation

Use of Force Public Safety Statement Card

Investigating Supervisor Scene Guide

Investigating Supervisor Precinct Guide

Investigating Supervisor Documentation Guide

Involved Officer Statement Guide

Witness Officer Statement Guide

8.400 - Reviewing Use of Force

Reviewing Lieutenant Guide

Reviewing Captain Guide

8.500 - Firearms Discharge Investigations

Public Safety Statement Card

8.600 - Review of Firearms Discharges

Use-of-Force Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Title 9 - Equipment and Uniforms

9.010 - Employee Dress Standards

9.020 - Uniform

Uniform Reference Catalog

9.030 - Equipment

Equipment Reference Catalog

9.040 - Uniform and Equipment Committee

9.050 - Clothing Allowance and Reimbursement for Personal Property

9.060 - Firearms

9.065 - Firearms Training and Qualification

9.100 - Department Firearms Management

Title 10 - Police Facilities & Security

10.010 - Parking at Department Facilities

10.020 - Physical Security of Police Facilities

10.060 - Holding Cell Camera System

Title 11 - Detainee Management

11.010 - Detainee Management in Department Facilities

11.020 - Transportation of Detainees

11.030 - Guarding Detainees at a Hospital

11.040 - Booking Adult Detainees

Title 12 - Department Information Systems

12.010 - Communications

12.030 - Computer Hardware & Devices

12.040 - Computer Software

12.045 - Booking Photo Comparison Software

12.050 - Criminal Records

12.055 - Criminal Justice Research

12.060 - Department Forms Control

12.070 - Department Publications

12.080 - Department Records Access, Inspection & Dissemination

12.090 - Departmental Correspondence

12.091 - Mobile Reporting Entity (MRE) Laptops

12.110 - Use of Department E-mail & Internet Systems

12.111 - Use of Cloud Storage Services

12.120 - Telephone and Facsimile Machine Use

Title 13 - Vehicle Operations

13.010 - Collisions Involving Department Vehicles

13.015 - Collision Review Board

13.030 - Emergency Vehicle Operations

13.031 - Vehicle Eluding/Pursuits

13.040 - Patrol Operations Equipment, Police Vehicles and Facilities

13.050 - Policing by Mountain Bike

13.060 - Specialty Vehicles & Equipment

13.080 - Use of Department Vehicles

Title 14 - Emergency Operations

14.010 - After-Action Reports

14.040 - Hazardous Conditions

14.060 - Serious Incident Plan

14.070 - Serious Injury or Fatality to a Police Officer

14.080 - Task Force Mobilization

14.090 - Demonstration Management

ICS Debrief Form

14.100 - Special Event Planning

Title 15 - Primary Investigation

15.010 - Arson Investigations

15.015 – Bomb Threats and Explosive Devices

15.020 - Charge by Officer

15.055 - Death Investigations (Non Traffic)

15.080 - Follow-up Unit Notification and Follow-up Investigation

15.090 - Graffiti Incidents

15.100 - Kidnapping

15.120 - Malicious Harassment

15.130 - Missing Persons

15.140 - Narcotics Activity Report

15.150 - Narcotics

15.180 - Primary Investigations

15.185 - Vulnerable Adults-Elder Abuse and Neglect

15.190 - Theft and Recovery of Vehicle, License Plates, or License Tabs

15.200 - Retail Theft Program

15.210 - Investigating Property Held by a Pawnshop or Used-Goods Store

15.215 - Domestic Violence Firearms Seizures

15.220 - Child Welfare

15.230 - Animal Control

15.240 - Boating Accidents

15.250 - Interpreters/Translators

15.260 - Collision Investigations

15.270 - Trespass Warning Program

15.275 - Enforcing Trespass in Parks

15.280 - DUI Investigations

15.290 - Stay Out of Areas of Prostitution (SOAP)

15.300 - Stay Out of Drug Areas (SODA)-Define Boundaries

15.310 - Foreign Nationals Seeking Asylum

15.320 - Police Action on Military Reservations

15.330 - Responding to Threats and Assaults on Officers

15.340 - Robbery Response

15.350 - Significant Incident Report

15.360 - Mobile Identification Devices

15.370 - Sexual Assault Investigation

Title 16 - Patrol Operations

16.010 - Adult Entertainment

16.020 - Alley Closure

16.030 - Citizen Rider Program

16.040 - Community Police Teams

16.050 - Death Notifications

16.070 - Responding to Monitored Alarms

16.080 - Fireworks Disposal and Disposition

16.090 - In Car Video System

16.091 - Body-Worn Video Pilot Program

16.100 - Patrol Training and Publications

16.110 - Crisis Intervention

16.130 - Sick and Injured Persons

16.135 - Excited Delirium

16.140 - Traffic Direction and Control

16.150 - Snow and Ice Plan

16.160 - Ticket Vendors

16.170 - Automatic License Plate Readers

16.180 - Patrol Operations Order

16.190 - Labor Management Disputes

16.230 - Issuing Tickets and Traffic Contact Reports

16.231 - Cancelling and Voiding Tickets

16.240 - Mutual Assistance

16.250 - Interaction with the University of Washington Police Department

5.010 – Civil Actions

Effective Date: 5/20/2004

I. Definition

A. Civil action: Any civil lawsuit, civil claim, or insurance claim (including judicial proceedings, depositions, interviews, or other associated activities) related to an incident officially investigated by an employee or an incident about which an employee has knowledge gained through the performance of official duties.

II. Citizen Claims for Reimbursement

A. Although citizens may file a claim with the City for reimbursement for any damages or expenses that result from police action, officers cannot obligate, and should not suggest, that the City or the Department will pay such claims. Legally, the City is usually not obligated to reimburse citizens for all damages or expenses that result from police action (e.g. the service of a search warrant where force is used to gain entry).

1. Officers shall not promise citizens that they will be reimbursed if they file a claim.

B. If a citizen requests information regarding reimbursement for damages, officers should inform them that they may apply for reimbursement by filing a claim with the Claims Division of the City’s Law Department. Citizens may pick up a claim form at the Seattle Municipal Building, Clerk’s Office, 600 Fourth Avenue - Room #104, or they may call 684-8213 and a form will be mailed to them.

III. Involvement / Participation in Civil Actions - Generally

A. No employee shall volunteer to aid any private party in any manner in a civil action, and no employee shall participate in any manner in a civil action except as provided by Department policy and due process of law.

B. No employee, except the Chief of Police as the custodian of Department records or an employee specifically designated by the Chief of Police (e.g., Records, Evidence and Identification Section Director, Department Legal Advisors), shall provide to any person or authority outside the Department, related to a civil action, any Department records, reports, documents, or other materials, or copies thereof, completed by an employee in the performance of official duties.

C. No employee shall confer or consult with any person outside the Department or participate in any activity or proceeding related to a civil action, except in response to a subpoena or at the request of a Department Legal Advisor, City Attorney, or private attorney representing the City.

IV. Compensation for Appearances in Civil Actions

A. An employee who makes an authorized appearance (e.g., interview, conference, deposition, judicial proceeding) related to a civil action shall be compensated by the Department in accordance with applicable compensation provisions for duty-related activities.

B. No employee shall solicit or receive, directly or indirectly, any other fees or compensation (e.g., witness fees, expert witness fees, consultation fees) for any appearance, participation, or other activity related to a civil action.

V. Supervisory Notification and Scheduling

A. Whenever an employee receives a subpoena or request from a Department Legal Advisor, City Attorney, or private attorney representing the City to appear or participate in an activity related to a civil action, the employee shall inform their immediate supervisor of the subpoena or request, the nature of the employee’s involvement (e.g., appearance at trial, deposition), and the anticipated date and time of the appearance.

B. Whenever possible, consideration should be given to scheduling appearances and activities related to private civil actions (a civil action where the City, State, or some other government agency is not a party to the action) outside the employee’s normal duty hours if an on-duty appearance would affect the operation of the employee’s unit of assignment.

VI. Overtime Requests

A. An employee who makes an off-duty appearance related to a civil action shall submit an Overtime Request (form 1.33) in order to receive compensation for the appearance. Employees shall indicate on the request:

1. That the appearance or activity was related to a civil action,

2. Names of the parties involved in the civil action and who requested the employee’s appearance,

3. The nature of the appearance (e.g., trial, deposition, interview).

B. The Overtime Request shall be routed and reviewed according to standard court time/Overtime Request routing and review procedures.

VII. Fiscal Unit Notification

A. In all cases where an employee makes a civil action related appearance (e.g., interview, conference, deposition, judicial proceeding), on-duty or off-duty, at the request of a private party (a party other than the City, Department, or other government agency), the Fiscal, Property and Fleet Management Section will collect fees from the private party. In order to facilitate billing by the Fiscal Unit, such employee appearances shall be reported as follows:

1. The employee who makes an appearance, on- or off-duty related, shall complete a Memorandum (form 1.11) addressed to the Fiscal, Property and Fleet Management Section, indicating the following:

a. Name, address, and business phone number of the attorney(s) representing the party who requested the employee’s appearance,

b. The date, hours, location, nature of the appearance (e.g., conference, deposition, trial), any time spent in preparation for the appearance, and whether the appearance occurred during the employee’s on-duty or off-duty hours, and a brief description of the nature of the civil action (e.g., civil lawsuit, insurance claim) and the incident and employee activity related to the civil action (e.g., vehicle accident investigation, incident number),

c. The employee shall attach to the Memorandum a copy of any subpoena the employee received and in the case of off-duty appearances, a copy of the Overtime Request completed by the employee,

2. In the event an employee receives any fees or compensation for a civil appearance, the employee shall forward the fees or compensation to the Fiscal, Property and Fleet Management Section with the Memorandum, and

a. Any checks received by an employee shall be endorsed “payable to the City of Seattle” and shall be signed by the employee.

3. The Memorandum with attachments shall be forwarded for review through the employee’s chain of command. Each supervisor shall initial and date the Memorandum to acknowledge review. The Section/Precinct Captain shall then forward the Memorandum, with attachments, to the Director of the Fiscal, Property and Fleet Management Section.