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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

6.185 – Search Warrants

Effective Date: 9/18/2013

6.185-POL

1. Defining the Types of Search Warrants

Administrative Search Warrant – A warrant that is served in a police controlled environment (e.g. Police Precinct, Vehicle Processing Room) or is otherwise low risk.

Dynamic Search Warrant – A warrant that is served where officers expect force entry and it is unknown if persons present are armed. Though higher risk than an administrative warrant, it does not rise to the level of a high risk warrant.

High Risk Search Warrant - A warrant that is served where there are known armed persons at the location, or the location is barricaded.

2. Sergeants or Above Must Approve Search Warrants.

A sergeant or above approves administrative search warrant service.

A lieutenant or above approves dynamic and high risk search warrant service.

A captain or above approves search warrants to be served outside the city.

3. Officers Shall Not Call Judges’ Personal Numbers After Hours Without Approval

Officers will attempt to contact an on-call judge through SPD Communications.

A sergeant may authorize an officer to call a judge’s personal number if Communications cannot reach the on-call judge.

4 Dynamic and High Risk Warrants Require the Risk Assessment Matrix

When evaluating a dynamic or high risk warrant, the sergeant or above will complete the Search Warrant Risk Assessment Matrix (form 12.2) See 6.185-PRO-2

5. SPD SWAT is the Designated Unit to Serve High Risk Warrants.

6. Warrants Served Outside the City Must Relate to Seattle Crime.

In order for SPD personnel to serve a warrant outside the city, the warrant must be associated with criminal activity in Seattle.

Exception: A permanent captain or above may approve exceptions on a case by case basis.

7. Officer Must “Deconflict” Narcotics Warrants.

The day before the planned warrant service, the detective or sergeant in charge of a narcotics search warrant must check the target location for simultaneous warrants or investigations by other law enforcement agencies. See 6.185-TSK-3

8. Outside Agencies May Serve SPD Warrants in Their City

For warrant service outside the city, SPD may allow local agencies to serve warrants in their jurisdiction if the agency chooses and has the ability.

If SPD serves the warrant, the SPD sergeant or above in charge of the warrant will notify a supervisor from the local agency and request the supervisor be present at the warrant execution.

9. Sergeant or Above (or Designee) Writes Operations Order and Briefs/Debriefs.

For dynamic and high risk warrants, a sergeant or above (or designee) will write an operations order and conduct a tactical briefing, with all personnel involved, before the warrant service.

The sergeant or above will follow the warrant service with a debriefing for all personnel involved.

10. Sergeant Completes After Action Report.

For dynamic and high risk warrants, the sergeant in charge of the warrant service will complete the After Action Report (form 18.2).

The sergeant will forward this report through the chain of command to the level of Bureau Chief.

11. Bureau Chief keeps After Action Report

The originating unit’s Bureau Chief will review and retain the After Action Report.

 

 

6.185-PRO-1 Administrative Search Warrant Procedure

Officer or Detective

1. Screens the anticipated warrant service with a Sergeant or above

Sergeant or Above

2. Reviews the circumstances and any preliminary paperwork and approves if appropriate.

Officer or Detective

3. Completes the search warrant. See 6.185-TSK-1 or TSK-2

4. Serves the search warrant.

5. Assembles a search warrant packet. See 6.185-TSK-1 or TSK-2

6. Files the warrant with the appropriate court and delivers copies to the SPD Data Center Unit. See 6.185-TSK-5, 6, or 7

a. If filing the warrant personally is impractical, and there will be no follow up, may send the warrant packet to the SPD Data Center Unit, via interoffice mail, for filing.

OR

b. If the case will be assigned for follow up, sends the warrant packet to the appropriate follow up unit for filing.

Detective or Data Center Unit

7. Files the warrant with Municipal, District, or Superior court as indicated on the Search Warrant Packet Cover Sheet. See 6.185-TSK-5, 6, or 7

 

 

6.185-PRO-2 Dynamic And High Risk Search Warrant Procedure

Officer or Detective

1. Screens the anticipated warrant service with a sergeant or above. Ultimate approval must be from a Lieutenant or above.

Sergeant or Above

2. Reviews the circumstances and any preliminary paperwork.

Officer or Detective

3. Completes the search warrant. See 6.185-TSK-1 or TSK-2

a. While completing the warrant, contacts NWHIDTA or WSIN, if appropriate, to check the target location for conflicts. See 6.185-TSK-3

Sergeant or Above

4. Evaluates the warrant using the Search Warrant Risk Assessment Matrix (Form 12.2).

a. If the matrix requires it, consults with SWAT Lieutenant or SWAT Sergeant.

b. Re-screens the warrant with SWAT any time there is new information that increases the warrant’s risk.

5. Delivers the completed Search Warrant Risk Assessment Matrix back to the primary officer or detective for inclusion in the case packet.

Investigating Unit or SWAT

6. Serves the search warrant per unit guidelines.

Sergeant

7. Completes the After Action Report (form 18.2).

8. Forwards the After Action Report to the Bureau Chief via chain of command.

Bureau Chief

9. Retains the After Action Report.

Officer or Detective

10. Files the warrant with the appropriate court. See 6.185-TSK-5, 6, or 7, or 7

 

 

6.185-TSK-1 Completing the Search Warrant (In Person, Business Hours)

When writing a warrant and presenting it to a judge in person and during business hours, the Officer or Detective:

1. Completes the search warrant and affidavit templates leaving the affidavit unsigned.

2. Calls to arrange for a meeting with a judge to sign the warrant:

a. District Court (Misdemeanor/Felony) 206-296-3568

b. Superior Court(Felony/Other County) 206-477-1481

c. Municipal Court (Misdemeanor Only) 206-684-8709

3. Serves the warrant

a. During the warrant service, completes the inventory and return of service.

4. Leaves a copy of the warrant and return of service at the location.

  • Do not leave any copies of the affidavit.

5. Completes the Search Warrant Cover Sheet.

6. Assembles a warrant packet grouping the originals together and the copies together to include:

  • Search Warrant Packet Cover Sheet
  • Affidavit (+1 copy)
  • Warrant (+1 copy)
  • Return of Service (+1 copy)
  • Inventory (+1 copy)
  • After Action Report (if applicable, grouped with copies)

 

6.185-TSK-2 Completing a Felony Search Warrant (After Hours)

When writing a felony warrant after hours, the Officer or Detective:

1. Completes the Search Warrant and Affidavit templates, leaving the affidavit unsigned.

2. Contacts the Communications Section to get in contact with a judge by telephone.

3. Obtains approval from the judge per the judge’s instructions.

a. If the warrant is telephonic, coordinates with Communications to have the call          recorded and flagged for retention.

4. Serves the warrant

a. During the warrant service, completes the inventory and return of service.

5. Leaves a copy of the warrant and return of service at the location of the search.

  • Do not leave any copies of the affidavit.

6. Completes the Search Warrant Cover Sheet.

7. Assembles a warrant packet grouping the originals together and the copies together to include:

  • Search Warrant Packet Cover Sheet
  • Affidavit (+1 copy)
  • Warrant (+1 copy)
  • Return of Service (+1 copy)
  • Inventory (+1 copy)
  • After Action Report (if applicable, grouped with copies)

 

6.185-TSK-3 Completing a Misdemeanor Warrant (After Hours)

When writing a misdemeanor warrant after hours, the Officer or Detective:

1. Determines they have probable cause to search for evidence of a misdemeanor crime (DUI, Vehicle Searches, etc.)

2. Drafts a search warrant and search warrant affidavit using the forms in SPD Templates.

3. Obtains approval of the draft from their sergeant.

4. Obtains the Seattle Municipal Court hotline number from Communications personnel by calling 684-8640.

5. Contacts the on-call judge via the hotline.

6. Emails the completed search warrant and affidavit to judge.

7. Serves the warrant

  • During the warrant service, completes the inventory and return of service.

8. Leaves a copy of the warrant and return of service at the location of the search.

  • Do not leave any copies of the affidavit.

9. Completes the Search Warrant Cover Sheet.

10. Assembles a warrant packet grouping the originals together and the copies together to include:

  • Search Warrant Packet Cover Sheet
  • Affidavit (+1 copy)
  • Warrant (+1 copy)
  • Return of Service (+1 copy)
  • Inventory (+1 copy)
  • After Action Report (if applicable, grouped with copies)

11. Files the warrant with the court as outlined in 6.185-TSK-7.

 

 

6.185-TSK-4 Deconflicting the Search Warrant Location

Before conducting a narcotics search warrant the Officer or Detective:

1. Obtains current phone number for High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) or Western States Information Network (WSIN) from one of the following (via Communications after hours):

  • Narcotics
  • Criminal Intelligence
  • SWAT

2. Gives the following information:

  • Name and organization
  • Call back number
  • Address of target location and cross street
  • Time of the operation
  • Expected duration of the operation
  • Type of drug
  • Name of any other involved agency

3. For warrants to be served outside Seattle, contacts the local agency having jurisdiction.

 

 

6.185-TSK-5 Filing the Search Warrant (District Court)

To file the warrant after service the Officer, Detective, or Data Center Unit:

1. Takes the search warrant packet containing originals and copies to Room E327 located on the third floor of the King County Courthouse.

2. Obtains a warrant number from the clerk.

3. Writes the warrant number on the copies.

4. Leaves the originals with the clerk for filing.

5. Returns the copies to the SPD Data Center Unit for scanning.

 

6.185-TSK-6 Filing the Search Warrant (Superior Court)

To file the warrant after service the Officer, Detective, or Data Center Unit:

1. Takes the search warrant packet containing originals and copies to the King County Prosecutors Office, room W554, on the 5th floor of the King County Courthouse. (Door to the immediate right.)

2. Obtains the next available sequential warrant number from the binder.

3. Fills out the form in the binder for the warrant number. (Detective name, Agency, Date)

4. Writes the warrant number on the originals and the copies.

5. Takes the originals to the Superior Court Clerk’s cashier counter located in room E609 on the 6th floor

6. Returns the copies of the warrant to the SPD Data Center Unit for scanning.

 

6.185-TSK-7 Filing the Search Warrant (Seattle Municipal Court)

To file the warrant after service the Officer, Detective, or Data Center Unit:

1. Scans all documents related to the warrant into a .pdf file.

2. Emails the documents to SMC_Search_Warrant_Return@seattle.gov

2a. Includes the case number in the subject line of the email.

3. Sends the warrant packet containing originals to the Data Center in an Alert Packet.

4. Receives confirmation email from the court for the warrant within 72 hours.