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Latest Revision Date: 4/18/2014

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 - Public and Internal Complaint Process

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

Voluntary Contacts and Terry Stops Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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 Reinbursement 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

16.100 - 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

5.170 – Alcohol and Substance Use

Effective Date:  11/21/2012

5.170–POL

This policy pertains to the Department’s response to employee alcohol and substance use.

1.   Employees Shall not Report for Duty Under the Influence of any Intoxicant

Employees are prohibited from reporting for duty with the odor of an alcoholic beverage on their breath or under the influence of any intoxicant.

2.   Employees Shall not Consume Intoxicants in any Department-Operated Facilities or Police Vehicles

This prohibition does not extend to facilities operated by police-related private organizations (Seattle Police Officers’ Guild, etc.) or undercover operations as described in subsection 6, below.

3.   Employees Shall Submit to Tests for Intoxication When There are Indications of Impairment

See 5.170–PRO–1 Testing for Impairment.

4.   Employees Shall Not Consume Intoxicating Beverages While Wearing any Recognizable Part of the SPD Uniform

This prohibition does not apply to the following circumstances:

  • Receptions related to a law enforcement funeral
  • The annual Department awards banquet
  • The annual Vancouver Police Ball
  • Other functions, as authorized by the Chief

 

5.   Employees Shall not Consume any Food or Beverage in any Tavern or in the Lounge Area of any Restaurant Where Intoxicating Liquor is Sold While Wearing any Recognizable Part of the Police Uniform 

6.   Undercover Officers Shall Only Consume Intoxicating Beverages When Necessary for a Police Operation

Officers shall obtain approval from a sergeant or above in their chain of command prior to consuming intoxicating beverages while on-duty.

7.   No Employee Shall Use or Possess any Controlled Substance, Except at the Direction of a Medical Authority

Employees shall only possess narcotics, dangerous drugs or controlled substances (as defined in DEA Regulations 21 C.F.R Sections 1308.11 through 1308.15) per duty requirements or at the direction of a medical authority.  Employees shall not use medication to the extent that their performance is affected while on-duty.

a. Employees Shall not Use Marijuana, Medical or Otherwise, On- or Off-Duty

 

8.   Employees Shall Report the Use of Impairing Medications

Employees using any medication which has side effects that might impair their performance on-duty shall notify their immediate supervisor.  See 5.170–PRO–2 Reporting Medications.

 

5.170–PRO–1  Testing for Impairment

Sergeant or Non-sworn Supervisor

1. Recognizes that an employee may be under the influence of an intoxicant

2. Notifies a lieutenant

3. Orders the employee to submit to any required tests under this procedure

4. Arranges for another sergeant or supervisor to witness the tests

  • The lieutenant may serve as the witness.

5. Administers or directs the administration of the field sobriety and BAC breath tests

6. Documents results of the test on form 10.5 (Fit-For-Duty Behavior Observation Form)

7. Submits form to lieutenant

Lieutenant

8. Reviews the form

9. Determines whether to recommend a Fit-For-Duty test

a. If BAC is not consistent with behavior observed, or if substances other than alcohol are suspected, follows 5.170–TSK–1 Fit-For-Duty Testing

 

10.  Arranges transportation for the employee directly to home, if medical attention is not needed

11.  Advises employee that he or she is on paid administrative leave until further notice

12. Forwards all original paperwork under confidential cover to the Human Resources Director with copies under confidential cover to the employee’s Bureau Chief and OPA-IS

a. If after office hours, verbally notifies the Duty Captain, Bureau Chief or Human Resources Director

 

Employment Services
Lieutenant

13. Reviews the packet

 

 

5.170–PRO–2  Reporting Medications Which Impair Perfomance

Employee

1. Advises the sergeant or supervisor of the use of medication(s) that might impair performance on-duty

2. Submits Insurance Activity Prescription Form (APF) listing medication(s), side effects and duty limitations to sergeant or supervisor

Sergeant or Non-sworn Supervisor

3. Determines whether the employee will be allowed to perform regular duties, be reassigned to limited duty, or be relieved of duty for that shift

4. Forwards APF to section Captain

Section Captain

5. Consults with the Employment Services lieutenant before determining the employee’s assignment while using medication

 

5.170–TSK–1  Fit-For-Duty Testing

When the lieutenant or above determines the need for a fit-for-duty test, he or she:

1.     Directs the employee to submit to a reasonable suspicion drug test at a Department-approved testing facility.

2.     Directs the employee to read and sign the Employee Acknowledgement of Medical Release for Drug Test (form 10.6).

a. If the employee refuses to sign, informs the employee that refusal to sign constitutes insubordination and allows the employee another opportunity to sign.  If the employee still refuses to sign, relieves the employee of duty.

3.     Contacts the Employment Services Lieutenant through Communications for instructions as to where to transport the employee.

a. If unable to reach the Employment Services Lieutenant, contacts the City Safety Coordinator at (206) 684-7959 for instructions as to where to transport the employee.

4.     Transports the employee to the approved testing site with the witness supervisor.

5.     Provides Health Care Professional’s Findings & Recommendations to health care professionals for them to fill out.

6.     Remains at testing site during testing.

7.     Arranges transportation for the employee directly to home, if medical attention is not needed.

8.     Advises employee that he or she is on paid administrative leave until further notice.

9.     Forwards all original paperwork under confidential cover to the Human Resources Director with copies under confidential cover to the employee’s Bureau Chief and OPA-IS.

a. If after office hours, verbally notifies the Duty Captain, Bureau Chief or Human Resources Director.