General Policy Information
Latest Revision Date: 11/20/2013
Title 1 - Department Structure and Function
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Title 15 - Primary Investigation
Title 16 - Patrol Operations
Effective Date: 11/19/2007
The Seattle Police Department will regulate and monitor the use of firearms and narcotics used for the purpose of training police canines. Firearms and narcotics will only be removed from the Evidence Unit through the following procedures.
I. Firearms Checkout & Return
Bomb detection canine handlers may check out firearms for training their Seattle Police canines. Firearms may be checked out for sixty days. The firearms that can be checked out must have been released to the Director, are going to be destroyed, and have been rendered incapable of live fire.
A. A Memorandum is required from the Canine Captain for the canine officer to check out a firearm(s) for training purposes.
B. The Canine Training Officer will retain a copy of the Receipt for Evidence (form 13.2.2) for each firearm that is checked out and forward that copy to the Canine Unit Lieutenant. The Canine Unit Lieutenant will retain the copy in a file.
C. The same procedures listed above will be used for returning the firearms to the Evidence Unit.
D. If a firearm is lost, a General Offense Report will be filed.
E. The firearms shall be secured within the Unit safe when not being actively used for training purposes.
II. Narcotics Checkout & Return
A. Narcotics detection Canine handlers and trainers may check out narcotics from the Evidence Unit for the purposes of training Seattle Police canines. The narcotics must be released to the Director prior to use for training.
B. The procedure will include the following:
1. The Canine Captain will complete a Memorandum to the Evidence Unit Lieutenant authorizing the training officer to remove narcotics from the Evidence Unit.
2. The Memorandum shall include the names of the Canine Training Officer and the type of narcotics to be removed.
3. Each respective Captain must maintain a copy of the Memorandum.
4. The Canine Training Officer will retain a copy of the Receipt for Evidence (form 13.2.2) for the narcotics that are checked out and forward that copy to the Canine Unit Lieutenant. The Canine Unit Lieutenant will retain the copy in a file.
C. If narcotics are lost, destroyed, or damaged, a Supplemental Report will be filed.
D. Narcotics shall be returned to the Evidence Unit per established procedure. A copy of the Receipt for Evidence (form 13.2.2) shall be retained by the Canine Training Officer and forwarded to the Canine Captain .
III. Narcotics Training Documentation and Storage
1. The narcotics must be stored in an SPD locked safe when not actively used for training purposes.
2. Only the designated permanent Canine Training Officer, the Canine Unit Sergeant, and the Canine Captain will have access to the safe.
3. The combination to the safe must be changed immediately when the training officer, unit sergeant, or Captain is reassigned to a different unit.
B. Training Documentation
1. A logbook documenting the removal, return or addition of narcotics must be maintained. Each entry must be witnessed by a second officer and must include the date, time, nature of transaction, time of return, weight of the item, serial number and initials of the officers.
2. If narcotics are removed from the package, lost, or destroyed, a Supplemental Report including item number and narcotics type will be completed.
a. The report will be routed to the Evidence Unit Sergeant.
b. In addition, any narcotics that cannot be returned to the Evidence Unit because they have been lost or destroyed must be reported to the Metro Special Response Captain via Memorandum.
IV. Auditing and Inventories
A. The Canine Captain must inspect and verify the unit’s inventory of narcotics and firearms on a quarterly basis.
1. A Memorandum will be completed which will include the current inventory and the General Offense Numbers of any General Offense Reports or Supplemental Reports that have been completed.
2. A copy of that inventory shall be retained by the Metro Special Response Captain.