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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 - Preparing for Criminal Case Interviews

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 Miranda

6.180 - Searches-General

6.181 - Performing Inventory Searches

6.185 - Search Warrants

6.210 - Strip Searches

6.220 - Voluntary Contacts, Terry Stops & Detentions

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 - Non-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

8.210 - OC Chain of Custody

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

Officer Involved Shooting-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

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

11.050 - Detainee Property

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

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

15.160 - Marijuana Enforcement

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 Surrender

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

6.280 – Warrant Arrests

Effective Date: 01/01/2015


This policy applies to warrant arrests.

1. Only Sworn Police Officers Shall Serve Arrest Warrants

2. Some Warrant Arrests Require Approval

Absent exigent circumstances, non-consensual entry into private property to serve an arrest warrant requires sergeant approval.

A lieutenant approves the service of any arrest warrant where officers expect to force entry or there is reason to believe the subject is armed.

3. Officers Will Verify Warrants Prior to Booking

After verifying a warrant, the officer shall transport the subject to a police facility or directly to the King County Jail (KCJ).

See 6.280-TSK-1 Officer Verifying SMC Misdemeanor Warrant Via Computer.

In the event the electronic verification system is not functioning, officers may call SPD Data Center at 684-5433 to verify Seattle Municipal Court (SMC) warrants.

Officers may verify felony warrants via Communications or by telephoning the Data Center at 684-5426.

4. Officers Must Advise Arrestee of the Warrant and Bail

After placing the person under arrest, officers will advise the arrestee that:

If at any point prior to being booked into KCJ the arrestee indicates they have the ability to post bail on a bailable warrant or charge, officers will give the arrestee an opportunity to do so.


See 6.280-TSK-2 – Officer Allowing Arrestee to Post Bail.

5. KCJ Receives a Copy of Verified Warrants

Upon arrival at KCJ, officers will confirm that the jail has received a copy of the warrant from the issuing agency.

If the warrant has not yet arrived at the jail, officers will ask Communications to contact the agency to request that they send a copy of the warrant.

Occasionally, an agency will request that the warrant be located in WACIC before they will send the warrant to the jail. Officers may resolve this by contacting the Data Center at 684-5426.

6. Sergeants Approve Direct Transfers of Arrestees to and from Other Agencies

A patrol sergeant makes the final decision on requests for SPD to directly transfer an arrestee to or from an outside agency.

Whenever possible, sergeants will honor requests to transfer a prisoner with an SMC warrant to Seattle Police custody.

Sergeants may decline transfers if assigning personnel would adversely impact patrol response times or officer safety.

See 6.280-PRO-1 Arranging Arrestee Transfer With an Outside Agency.

If the transferring agency takes the arrestee directly to a Seattle Police precinct, an officer will process the transfer at the precinct.

7. Officers Will Not Accept Evidence from the Outside Agency Arresting Officer

8. Officers Will Not Accept Injured or Combative Arrestees From Other Agencies

For safety, officers will take any arrestee that becomes combative directly to KCJ.

9. Officers Will Not Delay Medical Treatment for an Arrestee to Accommodate a

10. Officers Will Screen Arrestee’s Pre-Existing Health Conditions

If the officer responding to a transfer discovers that the arrestee is injured, ill, or has a medical condition, the officer will contact a sergeant before accepting the transfer.

Before agreeing to the transfer, officers will contact the KCJ Nurse (296-1214) for arrestees who have a questionable preexisting health condition (including pregnancy).

Under RCW 70.24, information regarding sexually transmitted disease, including HIV/AIDS, may not be discussed with another person without the permission of the person with the infection.

Other contagious diseases may be discussed with those persons who have a need to know. Officers will consider patient confidentiality.

11. Warrant Arrests Require Specific Documentation

In addition to all other arrest procedure requirements, warrant arrests have specific documentation requirements.

For arrests on outside agency warrants, officers will complete a General Offense (GO) Report with a new SPD GO number.

Out of state fugitive warrant arrests require their own GO number separate from any related incident.

See 6.280-PRO-2 Documenting Out-of-State Fugitive Warrant Arrests.

For arrests solely on SPD misdemeanor warrants, officers will use the original case number from the warrant and complete a Supplemental Report. The officers will not draw a new GO number.

Arrests on SPD misdemeanor warrants with new charges require a new GO report listing both the new charges and the warrants.   Officers will link this report to the warrant’s original report in Versaterm and reference it in the narrative of the new report.

On all warrant arrests, officers will include “Warrarr-Misdemeanor” or “Warrarr-Felony” in the offense section of the GO or Supplemental report. Officers will also list all verified warrants on the arrestee’s eSuperform.


6.280-PRO-1 Arranging Arrestee Transfer With an Outside Agency

Communications Section

1. Obtains arrestee’s full name and date of birth, location and time of the requested transfer, and phone number of the agency or dispatch center requesting transfer.

2. Runs the arrestee’s name and determines if the warrant is valid.

3. Advises the nearest patrol sector sergeant of the transfer

Patrol Sergeant

4. May contact the requesting agency by phone.

5a. If the transfer is acceptable, advises Communications to dispatch an appropriate number of officers for the transfer.


5b. If the transfer is denied, notifies the watch lieutenant and
Communications of the denial.


6. Dispatches officers for the transfer.


7. Responds to the transfer location.

8. Checks for and asks the arrestee about any injuries, illness, or
other medical conditions, such as pregnancy.

9. Obtains information about the circumstances of the arrest, including the transferring officer’s name, and the agency’s case number, if any.

10. Transports the arrestee to screen the arrest with a sergeant then to the precinct or KCJ.

11. Completes the appropriate paperwork.

6.280-PRO-2 Documenting Out-of-State Fugitive Warrant Arrests


1. Completes a GO Report for the warrant arrest listing “Warrarr-
Fugitive” in the offenses block.

2. Completes a second GO Report under a separate number for any related incident/arrest.

3. Uses the narrative of all associated incidents to reference the other related GO numbers.

4. Completes an eSuperform for the warrant arrest under the new
charge of “INV Fugitive” with the statement of probable cause to include:

5. Completes a second eSuperform if booking the arrestee for any
additional charges.

6. Completes an Officer Statement.

7. Sends the GO Report to a sergeant for approval and notifies the sergeant directly.

8. Sends any paper documents in an Alert packet to the Fugitive Warrant Squad.


9. Reviews the GO Report and, after approval, routes it for
transcription as normal.

10. Sends a VMAIL titled “Alert Packet” to the Fugitive Warrants Squad handle and the Records transcription handle. The VMAIL will contain the GO number.

Warrant Verifier

11. Forwards the NCIC hit to the Fugitive Warrants Squad handle and the Data Center – All handle via VMAIL.


6.280-TSK-1 Officer Verifying an SMC Misdemeanor Warrant Via Computer

In order to verify an outstanding SMC Misdemeanor arrest warrant using an in-car or
precinct computer, the officer:

1. Records the warrant number listed on the warrant hit.

2a. Clicks the “SMC Orders & Warrants Verification” link on the SPD Wireless Links page.


2b. Accesses the SPD In-Web home page and

3. Enters the warrant number in the box provided and clicks

4. Reviews the SMC Database information for the requested warrant number and also any other warrants that match the suspect’s name and description.

5. Confirms the suspect matches the details on the warrant.

6. Verifies that the charge box lists an actual criminal charge for which a suspect can be arrested.

7. Verifies that the bail amount is greater than $0. (Warrants with a $0 bail amount indicate problem warrants which will not be verified.)

8. Clicks on the “View all Warrants” link to review the warrant(s).

9a. Clicks on the “Yes, print all warrants to King County Jail” button to verify a warrant and book the person into jail.


9b. Clicks “No, return to Warrant Search results” button.

6.280-TSK-2 Officer Allowing Arrestee to Post Bail

To give an arrestee the opportunity to post bail, the officer:

For SMC warrants:

1a. Between the hours of 0800-1700, takes persons arrested on SMC misdemeanor warrants to the Seattle Municipal Court first floor payment window.


1b. Between 1700-2230, takes persons arrested on SMC misdemeanor warrants to the bail window inside the King County Jail main entrance. (These arrestees do not go to the pre-book or booking areas.)

For other agency warrants:

1c. Between 0630-2230 takes persons arrested on other agency warrants to the bail window inside the main entrance of the King County Jail.

Note: KCJ’s bail window is not open for business between 2230-
0630; officers’ options during these hours are to either book or
release the arrestee.