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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

9.065 – Firearms Training and Qualification

Effective Date: 11/20/2013



1. Employees Shall Deploy With a Department-issued Primary Duty Firearm

The employee shall choose a primary duty firearm authorized in the Equipment Reference Catalog (ERC).

Exception: Officers who currently deploy a Department-issued revolver may continue to carry it as their primary duty firearm.

2. Sworn Employees Shall Qualify Annually With Each Firearm They Wish to Carry in Their Capacity as a Seattle Police Officer

Sworn personnel, including Reserve Officers, will qualify with their primary duty firearm annually as a condition of employment.

All sworn personnel shall qualify with backup and secondary firearms to maintain Department authority to carry them under the authority of an officer.

After qualification, employees will initial their score on the sign-up roster. The Firearms Training Squad (FTS) maintains the qualification score in the employee’s training record.

If the employee fails to qualify on their primary duty firearm in the calendar year, the ETS Captain shall forward the failure to report for training to the Office of Professional Accountability for investigation.

3. Employees May Obtain a Waiver to Qualify

Employees with a current medical condition may obtain a waiver to qualify through the Employment Services Lieutenant. Vacations, schedules, court, etc., shall not serve as grounds for requesting waivers.

The approved waiver shall only waive qualification for the calendar year they in which it is obtained. The employee must submit a new waiver by January 31 of each calendar year if they wish to extend the waiver. Employees will only be granted up to 2 consecutive waivers.

The employee shall arrange to qualify with their primary duty firearm within 30 days of release from an approved waiver.

See 9.065-PRO-1 Obtaining a Qualification Waiver.

4. The Department Shall Provide Sworn Employees With Equipment Necessary to Qualify

The Department shall provide ammunition, range safety equipment and other necessary materials to sworn employees for qualification on their Department authorized firearms and any issued rifles or shotguns.

5. The Chief of Police, Through the Assistant Chief of the Professional Standards Bureau, Shall Approve All Range Qualification Standards

See SPD Manual Section 1.190.

6. Sworn Employees Who Fail to Qualify With Their Primary Duty Firearm Shall Attend Remedial Training

Sworn employees shall receive two attempts to pass their qualification on their training date. Upon failure of the second qualification, the Firearms Training Sergeant shall arrange for remedial training for the employee.

The employee shall perform remedial training in the 60 days immediately following their qualification failure. It is the responsibility of the employee to arrange remedial training with the FTS. The Department shall provide ammunition for Department-issued weapons.

Exception: Reserve, Retired, and Special Commission Officers shall provide their own ammunition for remedial training.

Within the remedial training period, the employee shall attempt to qualify. If the employee fails to qualify at some point within the remedial peiod, they will surrender their duty firearm and will be reassigned to an administrative position that will not involve contact with the public. The FTS shall forward the information to the Firearms Qualification Review Board (FQRB).

The employee may submit a memorandum to the ETS Captain appealing the administrative reassignment within 2 days of the remedial qualification failure. The ETS Captain will include the memorandum in the file review for the FQRB.

The employee shall have an additional 60 days after remedial training in which to qualify with their firearm. If, on the 120th day after their initial qualification date, the employee has not successfully qualified on their primary duty firearm, the Chief of Police may impose discipline up to and including termination of employment.

Exception: The Department shall extend the 60 day window for any time the officer is out disabled and/or on sick leave.

The Department shall not impose the discipline decision until at least 10 days after the 120th day after initial qualification failure. If the employee successfully qualifies in the 10 day period, the Department shall waive the discipline and return the employee to their normal duty assignment.

See 9.065-PRO-2 Firearms Qualification Review Process

7. Employees May Appeal Reassignment to the Firearms Qualification Review Board (FQRB)

The employee may appeal their reassignment after failing remedial qualification The employee shall notify the Education and Training Section Captain within 2 days notice of the reassignment of their wish to appeal.

The FQRB shall consist of:

The FQRB shall meet within 14 days of an appeal request and shall make a recommendation within 7 days of the meeting to the Chief of Police. See 9.065-PRO-2 Firearms Qualification Appeals Process

8. Sworn Employees Must Qualify With Their Secondary or Backup Firearms

Sworn employees who fail to qualify with a secondary or backup firearm shall not carry the firearm in the capacity of a police officer.

9. Sworn Employees Must Qualify With All Department-Issued Rifles and Shotguns

Rifle and shotgun officers who fail to attend annual qualifications for the rifle or shotgun shall surrender the firearm to the Firearms Training Squad. The FTS shall notify the ETS Captain in writing, at which point the ETS Captain will determine whether to offer a qualification to the employee for continued assignment to the rifle or shotgun program.

Rifle or shotgun officers who fail to qualify with a rifle or shotgun shall receive a 30 day remedial training period beginning on the date of the failure. Officers shall be responsible for scheduling and attending remedial training sessions with the FTS.

Exception: The Department shall extend the 30 day window for any time the officer is out disabled and/or on sick leave.

Rifle or shotgun officers must re-qualify within or at the end of this 30 calendar day period. The Department shall provide the officer with ammunition and range time to perform remedial training.

If the officer fails to qualify a second time, the Firearms Training Squad shall remove them from the rifle or shotgun program. Officers may appeal removal from the program(s) in writing to their respective Bureau Chief.




9.065-PRO-1 Obtaining a Qualification Waiver

          Department Employee

1. Submits a waiver request including any medical documentation to the Employment Services Lieutenant via their chain of command.

a. If the employee is out on injury, their sergeant may perform this function.

Employment Services Lieutenant

2. Grants the request upon review.

b. If the request is denied, sends a memorandum to the employee documenting the reasons for the denial.

3. Forwards the original copy of the waiver to the Captain of the Education and Training Section.

4. Forwards a copy of the waiver to the Firearms Training Squad and the employee.

Department Employee

5. Schedules and attends a qualification with the Firearms Training Squad within 30 calendar days of doctor’s release or expiration of the waiver.





9.065-PRO-2 Firearms Qualification Appeals Process

          Department Employee

1. Submits An appeal request to the Education and Training Section for their reassignment.

ETS Captain

2. Contacts the APRS Captain and the involved employee’s bargaining unit to schedule a FQRB meeting.

3. Contacts the involved employee and notifies them of their right to attend FQRB review.

4. Collects any written or oral information the employee wishes to submit for review in their case.


5. Meets and reviews the file.

6. Determines if the reassignment of the employee is upheld or denied.

a. If the FQRB denies the reassignment, recommends the Chief order the employee to return to their normal duty assignment.

7. Makes a recommendation to the Chief to:

8. Forwards the recommendation to the Chief of Police for review.

Chief of Police

9. Decides on the disposition of the employee based on the recommendation.

10. Notifies the employee, their bargaining unit representative, and the ETS Captain of the decision within 14 days of receipt of the FQRB recommendation.

Department Employee

11. Reports to remedial training or qualification attempt upon order from the ETS Captain.