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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

8.600 – Review of Firearms Discharges


Effective Date: 12/19/2012


This policy pertains to the review of firearms discharges by Department employees. This review process applies to all intentional and accidental discharges of firearms by Department employees, regardless of location or duty status. It does not apply to range training, hunting, or military activity.


1. A Firearms Review Board (FRB) Shall Review Firearms Discharges by Officers

A Firearms Review Board shall review the circumstances attending each intentional discharge of a firearm by an officer at a person and accidental discharges of a firearm by an officer resulting in injury or death.

  • The purpose of the review will be to determine the circumstances that brought about the discharge of the firearm and evaluate compliance with current policy.
  • Planning for Firearms Review Boards will be conducted by the Compliance Section under the direction of the FRB chair.

2. At the Discretion of the Chief of Staff, a Summary Review of the Firearms Discharge is Allowed Under Certain Circumstances

A summary review is limited to a review of the completed investigation
by the officer’s chain of command and the Chief of Staff without convening a FRB.

a. Summary Review is Only Allowed Under the Following Circumstances:

  • No death or injury to a person is involved; and
  • The incident involves an unintentional discharge under circumstances that the Chief of Staff does not believe requires review by a FRB; or
  • The incident involves an intentional discharge at an animal under circumstances that the Chief of Staff does not believe requires review by a FRB.

b. If New Information Arises at any Time During the Summary Review Process That the Chief of Staff Believes Justifies Review by a FRB, the Captain of the Compliance Section will be Notified to Begin the FRB Process

c. A Report to the Chief of Police Will be Prepared by the Chief of Staff That Documents the Summary Review of the Incident. The Report Will Include:

  • A brief summary of the incident to include the GO number, date time and general circumstances.
  • A summary of the results of the investigation and findings of fact.
  • A statement of the actions taken as a result of the review.

d. A Summary Review Will Normally be Completed Within 30 Days of the Incident

e. The Final Summary Review Report Will be Forwarded to the Captain of the Compliance Section, who Shall Maintain the Records of all Summary Reviews of Firearms Discharges


3. A FRB Shall Consist of Four Voting Members and Three Non-Voting Members

  • Voting Members
  • Chair: FRBs will be chaired by an assistant chief.  The chair will be selected on a rotating basis from a list maintained by the Compliance Section by the Chief of Staff.
  • The Captain of the Education & Training Section, or a representative from that section.
  • A captain who is not within the chain of command of the involved officer(s) or involved in the investigation. This captain will be selected on a rotating basis from a list maintained by the Compliance Section.
  • A lieutenant who is not within the chain of command of the involved officer(s) or involved in the investigation. The lieutenant will be selected on a rotating basis from a list maintained by the Compliance Section.
  • Non-Voting Members
  • The Director of the Communications Section, to evaluate Communications Section training implications that are identified during the FRB.
  • A bargaining unit representative shall be permitted to attend the Firearms Review Board, if requested by the subject employee in accordance with RCW 41.56.
  • In accordance with RCW 41.56, the bargaining unit representative who serves as the non-voting member of the Firearms Review Board shall not be the same representative who represents the subject employee before the Firearms Review Board.

4. The Compliance Section Will Schedule the FRB

The FRB will occur within 30 calendar days of the incident, unless directed otherwise by the chair. The date will be selected and communicated in writing by the FRB chair to the FRB members and involved officers within 7 calendar days of the incident, unless a delay is authorized.

a. The Compliance Section will Coordinate With the Investigating Detective Sergeant(s) to Verify That Adequate Time is Allowed for Them to be Prepared to Present Their Investigation to the FRB

A due date for documents will be set approximately one week prior to the scheduled date of the Board.

b. The Captain of the Compliance Section Shall Verify That Internal Section Procedures are in Place to Address the Following:

  • Coordination with the FRB chair who will approve all plans
  • Coordination with other board members to verify availability and keep them informed
  • Communication is maintained with the involved officers and their chain of command
  • That all documents needed for the FRB are prepared and available for review by the FRB members 3 to 5 business days prior to the FRB
  • Confidentiality of the documents and information collected for the board
  • Logistical needs are met (adequate location, transportation for site visits, water and other refreshments)
  • All records and reports of the FRB are maintained in accordance with retention schedules

5. The Chair of the FRB will Conduct the Hearing Using a Written Protocol Maintained by the Compliance Section

A reference book containing the protocol and pertinent policy and procedures will be provided to the chair by the Compliance Section.

a. The Chair of the FRB Shall Report Findings of Fact and Conclusions as to the Circumstances Surrounding any Shooting Incident Involving Death or Bodily Injury

  • This report will be submitted to the Chief of Police through the Chief of Staff. These findings, along with a determination by the Chief as to whether or not the shooting was justified, shall be made available to the public through the Office of the Chief of Police.

b. If Facts Indicate That an Inquest Will be Held or Criminal Charges may be Filed Against an Officer as a Result of a Firearm Discharge, the FRB Shall Delay Final Recommendations Until After Such Court Actions are Concluded

c. At the Board’s Option, it may File With the Chief of Police a Separate Report Which Would Include Comments, Opinions, and General Recommendations Which Would be Intended to Assist the Chief in Making a Final Decision on the Matter

  • At the Chief's discretion, this report may be treated as confidential.

d. The Chair Will Notify the Captain of the Education & Training Section of the Results and Dispositions of all Intentional Firearm Discharges and all Accidental Firearm Discharges Resulting in Injury or Death

6. When a Firearm Discharge is Found to be Not Justified

Upon approval by the Chief of Police, one of the following steps shall be taken if the findings indicate that a firearm discharge was not justified:

  • If a violation of law or a serious violation of Department rules or regulations is indicated, the matter shall be referred to the Office of Professional Accountability and processed in accordance with the Department’s disciplinary procedures.
  • If an incident is clearly due to inadequate training or a failure to follow training procedures regarding the handling, use or care of a firearm, the matter shall be referred to the Captain of the Education & Training Section so that additional training may be afforded to the officer. Discharges resulting from violation(s) of training procedures may result in discipline.
  • If the discharge was accidental and resulted in injury or death, a recommendation shall be made as to whether or not discipline or corrective training is necessary.

7. The Chief of Staff is Responsible for Preparing and Forwarding all Written Reports Required by the Mayor or City Council to the Chief of Police for Approval and Signature

8. The FRB Chair Shall Forward Written Reports the Compliance Section Captain for Inclusion in the Records of all Officer-Involved Shootings

9. The Bureau Chief of an Officer who has Been Placed on Administrative Duty or Leave may Return the Officer to Regular Duty Prior to the Convening of the FRB

This requires that approval of the Chief of Staff has been obtained and the Chief of Police has been notified.

10. The Subject Employee or the Subject Employee’s Bargaining Representative may Request That the Citizen Observer not Attend and/or Observe the Proceedings of the FRB

This applies in a particular case if there are concerns related to an appearance of fairness, or if the citizen observer is demonstrated to have violated the confidentiality provisions of Ordinance #120203, or if there are other concerns of similar gravity.

  • Such a request shall be made within five days after receiving notification of the hearing.
  • When such a request is timely made, the alternate citizen observer (appointed by the Mayor) shall be used for the hearing.

11. The Captain of the Compliance Section Will Contact the Citizen Observer in January of Each Year

The Captain of the Compliance Section will remind the citizen observer of the requirement in Ordinance #120203 for the annual report to be completed and forwarded to the Mayor, City Council, Chief of Police, City Attorney and City Clerk.

The Compliance Section Captain ’s responsibility in this subsection should be considered as a courtesy advisory only as the citizen observer is considered by Ordinance #120203 to be a representative of the Mayor and does not answer directly to the Seattle Police Department.

12. The Representative of the Subject Employee’s Bargaining Unit Shall be Excused During the Deliberations and Voting of the FRB