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General Policy Information

Preface

About and Contact

Audit, Policy & Research Unit Manual

Code of Ethics

Mission Statement and Priorities

Recently Updated

Cross Reference

Latest Revision Date: 4/14/2014

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 - Early Intervention System

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 - Public and Internal Complaint Process

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

Voluntary Contacts and Terry Stops Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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

16.100 - 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

9.100 – Department Firearms Management

Effective Date: May 15, 2013

9.100-POL

This policy applies to all live-fire, simunition, traded, converted, operable and inoperable firearms that are either currently or have been previously subject to federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives regulations.

1. The Quartermaster Takes Initial Possession of all Firearms Before They May be Issued or Maintained in any Unit Inventory

2. Department Units May Maintain “Unit Firearms” for Specific Use

Units that maintain an inventory of unit-specific weapons may issue additional weapons at the Unit Commander’s discretion.

3. Employees May be Assigned No More Than One Department-Issued Handgun

 Exception: A bureau chief may authorize additional firearms. (See 9.100-PRO-1)

4.  Rifles and Shotguns May be Issued to Officers Meeting Qualification Criteria

See Seattle Police Manual Section 9.090-Rifle & Shotgun Programs.


5. Officers Must Maintain a Current Qualification at the SPD Range With Any Weapon They Are Authorized to Use

See Seattle Police Manual Sections 9.120-Firearms and 9.090-Rifle & Shotgun Programs.

6. Officers Must Turn in any Department-Owned Firearm to the Quartermaster That is to be Sold, Traded Externally or Destroyed

This will occur before any transaction takes place.

7. Officers Must Document the Trading or Transferring of Firearms From One Department Unit to Another Department Unit on the Unit Specialty Weapon Trade/Transfer Form (Form 23.6)

See 9.100-TSK-3

8. All Firearms That Cannot Be Accounted for Must be Reported

See Seattle Police Manual Section 9.110-Care and Use of City Equipment and Property.

9. When Retiring or Separating, an Employee Must Surrender all Individually-Issued Firearms to the Quartermaster

Unit firearms stay with the unit.

10. The Audit, Policy & Research Section Will Conduct an Annual Audit of Units Maintaining Unit Firearms

 


9.100-PRO-1 Procedure for Authorizing Additional Individually-Issued Handguns

Officer

1. Sends a written request to the Bureau Chief, through their chain of command, detailing the reason an additional handgun is needed.

Bureau Chief

2. If approved, authorizes funding for the additional handgun.

If not approved, sends written documentation to the officer’s captain as to why the request was denied.

3. Forwards the written documentation to the Quartermaster.

Quartermaster

4. Attaches the written documentation to the employee’s Property Control Card.

 

 


9.100-PRO-2 Procedure for Releasing/Re-issuing Department Firearms from Evidence

Investigating Detective

1. Signs the Property Disposition Authorization (form 1.17).

Evidence Unit

2. Releases the weapon to the Quartermaster, pending inspection by the Firearms Training Squad.

Firearms Training Squad

3. Inspects the weapon released to the Quartermaster during the process outlined above.

Quartermaster Unit

4. Releases all rifles and shotguns that had been placed into Evidence directly to the issuing unit.

5. Notifies the involved officer by Department email of the release and ability to obtain the original firearm. 

Officer

6. Maintains the option of receiving his/her original firearm, after returning the replacement firearm, within two weeks of being notified by the Quartermaster.

 

 


9.100-TSK-1 Quartermaster’s Tasks in Handling Department-Owned Firearms

When handling firearms, the Quartermaster:

1. Maintains a current location and accurate inventory of all Department-owned firearms, from initial possession to final disposition in the Quartermaster Master Gun Database (MGD).

2. Takes all reasonable steps to ensure the security of firearms stored at the Quartermaster facility.

3. When placing a firearm into service, physically inspects each weapon and records the make, model and serial number into the MGD.

4. If obtained through conversion, physically verifies with the Evidence Unit the make, model and serial number of the firearm before it is issued.

5. Tracks all firearms that have been issued to outside agencies in the MGD.

6. Maintains responsibility for all Department-owned firearms that are to be destroyed except firearms that are evidence.

7. Initiates the Washington State Transfer Form, if an officer wishes to purchase a handgun that is authorized to be sold.

 


9.100-TSK-2 Units With Unit Firearms

When maintaining an inventory of specialty unit firearms, a unit’s sergeant:

1. Lists the make, model and serial number of a unit firearm and to whom the firearm is issued, either on a paper or electronic log sheet.

2. Inspects these firearms annually.

3. Documents the results of this inspection on the paper or electronic log sheet.

4. Documents any changes in the unit inventory.

5. Sends a copy of the current inventory to the Quartermaster annually.

6. Retains a copy of the inventory for record keeping purposes.

 


9.100-TSK-3 Unit’s Tasks for Trading/Transferring Unit Firearms

When Department units trade or transfer unit firearms internally, they:

1. Coordinate the trade or transfer between Department units.

2. Complete the Unit Specialty Weapon Trade/Transfer Form (form 23.6)

3. Personnel from the unit receiving the firearm send a copy of this form to the Quartermaster within 72 hours.


9.100-TSK-4 Employee’s Procedures for Purchasing a Department Firearm

When an employee wishes to purchase a Department-owned firearm that is authorized to be sold, they:

1. Notify the Quartermaster in person of their intent to purchase the firearm.

2. Pay for the firearm at the Fiscal Unit.

3. Receive a receipt for the weapon, which includes the make, model and serial number.

4. Present this receipt to the Quartermaster in exchange for the desired firearm