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Latest Revision Date: 5/21/2014

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 - 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 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

16.091 - 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

8.500 – Firearms Discharge Investigations


Effective Date:  06/19/2013

 

This policy pertains to all intentional and accidental discharges of firearms by sworn Department employees, regardless of location or duty status.  It does not apply to discharges during legal recreational shooting, range training, hunting, or military activity.   

 

1. The Homicide Unit Shall Investigate All Firearms Discharges by Sworn Department Employees

 

          See the following tasks:

8.500–TSK–1  Responsibilities of the Involved Officer During the Investigation of a Firearms Discharge at a Person,

8.500–TSK–2  Responsibilities of the Witness Officers During the Investigation of a Firearms Discharge,

8.500–TSK–3  Responsibilities of the Patrol Sergeant During the Investigation of a Firearms Discharge at a Person,

8.500–TSK–4  Responsibilities of the On-Scene Captain or Lieutenant During the Investigation of a Firearms Discharge at a Person,

8.500–TSK–5  Responsibilities of the Homicide Unit Case Detective During the Investigation of a Firearms Discharge at a Person,

8.500–TSK–6  Responsibilities of the Homicide Unit Case Sergeant During the Investigation of a Firearms Discharge at a Person,

8.500–TSK–7  Responsibilities of the Homicide Unit Commander During the Investigation of a Firearms Discharge at a Person,

8.500–TSK–8  Responsibilities of the Duty Captain During the

Investigation of a Firearms Discharge at a Person

 

2. For Firearms Discharge Investigations, All Involved Officers Will Complete a Use of Force Statement Using Descriptive Language

Involved officers may also be directed to complete a felony statement to                        

support criminal charges against the suspect(s).     

3. The Homicide/CSI Unit Primary Detectives Will Present the Completed Investigation to the Firearms Review Board.

The Homicide Unit Commander or the Homicide / CSI unit primary detectives will make any necessary presentations to the Command Staff.    

4. The SPD Compliance Coordinator Will Notify the Appropriate Member of the DOJ Monitor Team Within 12 Hours of a Firearms Discharge

 

 

 

8.500–TSK–1  Responsibilities of the Involved Officer During the Investigation of a Firearms Discharge at a Person

 

Upon being involved in a firearms discharge at a person, the involved officer (any officer who discharged his or her firearm):

 

1. Notifies his or her sergeant

a.  If off-duty, calls Communications to request that an on-duty SPD lieutenant be notified

2. Answers questions posed by the first arriving sergeant from the Public Safety Statement Card, when directed

 

3. Remains at the scene until the arrival of the Homicide Unit detectives

 

4. Responds to the Homicide Unit office, when directed

 

5. Relinquishes his or her discharged weapon, when by directed Homicide Unit

personnel

 

6.  Provides the case detectives with a verbal narrative of what happened

7. Conducts a scene walk-through, if directed

This can occur at any time during the investigation, and will be preceded by reasonable notice to the officer.  The officer has the option of bargaining unit and legal representation at this walk-through.

8. Provides a written use-of-force statement within three business days

 

9. Contacts an SPD Firearms Training Unit sergeant to arrange for a function test of the replacement firearm

10. Selects a mental health professional from the list of Department-approved MHP providers and schedules a post-incident screening appointment

 

8.500–TSK–2  Responsibilities of the Witness Officers During the Investigation of a Firearms Discharge  

 

A witness officer (any non-shooting officer who witnessed any portion of the firearms discharge): 

 

1. Answers questions posed by a supervisor as needed without being compelled 

 

2. Conducts a scene walkthrough and briefings with the Homicide Unit detective

 

3. Remains at the scene until directed to respond to the Homicide office by Homicide Unit personnel

 

4. Completes a written statement prior to the end of shift, as directed by Homicide Unit personnel

 

5. If desired, contacts a Department-approved MHP for a post-incident appointment

 

8.500–TSK–3  Responsibilities of the Patrol Sergeant During the Investigation of a Firearms Discharge at a Person

 

During the investigation of a firearms discharge at a person, the patrol sergeant:

 

1. Responds to the scene

 

2. Advises communications of his or her assumption of command

 

3. Confirms that the necessary medical aid requests have been made

 

4. Obtains a Public Safety Statement from the involved officer, if feasible

 

5. Immediately broadcasts the necessary information obtained from the Public Safety Statement Card in order to enhance public safety and assist with the capture of outstanding suspects

a. After completing the required duties outlined on the Public Safety Statement Card, initiates Incident Command (ICS) as soon as possible

6. Notifies an on-duty lieutenant

 

7. Upon the arrival of the lieutenant, relinquishes command of the scene, after an in-person briefing

a. Coordinates with the lieutenant to make sure that, at a minimum, notification is made to the precinct captain for the area in which the incident occurred and the section captain for the involved officer(s)

8. Requests the response of the Homicide Unit

 

9. Relieves the involved officer of any scene-related duties

a.  If it becomes unsafe for the involved officer(s) to remain at the scene (an injury requiring medical attention or the presence of an unruly crowd etc.) the patrol supervisor shall arrange for the involved officer to be transported to a hospital or to the Homicide Unit office, as appropriate

10. Assigns an officer to standby with the involved officer until the Homicide Unit arrives

a. If there are multiple involved officers, assigns an officer to each

11. Confirms that the involved officers understand they are not to change the

condition of their weapon or appearance of their uniform until the arrival of Homicide unit.    

a. Exceptions to the uniform requirement include but are not limited to an officer’s uniform being  contaminated with bio-hazard material

12. Supports the involved officer

a. Confirms that the involved officer has access to a representative from his or her collective bargaining unit

   

b. Does not seat the involved officer in the back seat of a police vehicle

          c. Avoids any action that may make the involved officer feel like a suspect

 

13. Remains at the scene to coordinate scene security

 

14.   Confirms that the necessary reports and statements have been completed and approved/delivered before involved personnel go off shift

 

15.    Confirms that all officers who responded to the incident upload their DICV (digital in-car video) before going off shift  

 

 

8.500–TSK–4  Responsibilities of the On-Scene Commander During the Investigation of a Firearms Discharge at a Person

 

During the investigation of a firearms discharge at a person, the on-scene commander:

 

1. Responds to the scene

2. Advises communications of his or her arrival and assumption of command

 

3. Confirms that Incident Command has been established and the proper duties have been delegated

 

4. Provides the appropriate level of command and command structure in order to achieve scene preservation and crime scene integrity

 

5. Maintains command of the scene until the arrival of the Homicide Unit sergeant or lieutenant.

 

6. Upon arrival of the Homicide Unit sergeant or lieutenant, relinquishes the inner perimeter of the scene

 

7. Confirms that all officers directly involved in the shooting respond to the Homicide Unit office, when directed to do so by the Homicide Unit sergeant or lieutenant

 

8. Confirms that the involved officers are accompanied by other officers

 

9. Notifies the duty captain

 

10. Confirms that a representative of the appropriate collective bargaining unit is  notified of the incident

 

11. If appropriate, assists with coordinating a Crisis Management Briefing for officers who are not involved officers in the firearms discharge, as recommended by the CISM team leader  

 

12. Coordinates with the Homicide Unit Commander to make sure that all existing reports, documents and officer statements are immediately routed to the Homicide Unit

 

 

8.500–TSK–5  Responsibilities of the Homicide Unit Case Detective During the Investigation of a Firearms Discharge at a Person

 

During the investigation of a firearms discharge at a person, the Homicide Unit case detective:

 

1.  Responds to the scene

 

2.  Arranges for a canvass for any witnesses and privately owned video

 

3.  Determines if there is an immediate need for any ICV (in-car video) or HCV (holding cell video) download

 

4.  Participates in the compelled in-person interview of the involved officer(s)

 

5.  Participates in any interview or statement review of the witness officers     

 

6. Takes custody of the weapon used by the involved officer in the condition it was in after being fired and performs a round count  

 

7.  Confirms that the involved officer’s firearm is placed into Evidence

 

8.  Conducts any briefings or presentations to Command Staff or the Firearms Review Board regarding the incident

 

 

8.500–TSK–6  Responsibilities of the Homicide Unit Sergeant During the Investigation of a Firearms Discharge at a Person

 

During the investigation of a firearms discharge at a person, the Homicide Unit sergeant:

 

1.  Responds to the scene

 

2.  Arranges for documentation of the scene and evidence collection by Crime Scene Investigations personnel

 

3. Coordinates with the Patrol Sergeant to make sure that a General Offense report on the incident is immediately routed to the Homicide Unit

 

4. Verifies that the involved officer is placed in a conference / soft interview room at the Homicide office

 

5. Participates in the compelled in-person interview of the involved officer(s)  

 

6. Completes and provides all involved officers with an Officer Involved Shooting Post-Incident Checklist.

 

7.  Supervises the investigation of the incident

 

 

8.500–TSK–7  Responsibilities of the Homicide Unit Commander During the Investigation of a Firearms Discharge at a Person

 

During the investigation of a firearms discharge at a person, the Homicide Unit Commander:

 

1.  Responds to the scene

 

2.  Contacts the Critical Incident Stress Management team leader to coordinate a response from a CISM team member

3.  Ensures the officer has access to

4.  Provides the involved officer(s) with a copy of the Police Officers Bill of Rights and Garrity Advisement

 

5.  Provides the involved officer(s) with a replacement weapon

a.  This will normally occur at the Homicide office 

b.  No immediate replacement will be provided for a Department-issued long gun

6.  Maintains overall responsibility for the investigation 

 

 

8.500–TSK–8  Responsibilities of the Duty Captain During the Investigation of a Firearms Discharge at a Person

 

During the investigation of a firearms discharge, the duty captain:

 

1. Verifies that the following notifications are made: