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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

11.010 – Detainee Management at Department Facilities

Effective Date: 12/19/2012


This policy applies to all employees who have contact with a detained person at a Department facility.

1. Department Holding Cells are for the Temporary Confinement of Detainees -See 11.010-TSK-1 Securing a Detainee in a Department Holding Cell

Definition: The word “detainee” in the Seattle Police Manual refers to someone in police custody.


Definition: Department holding cells are considered “lockups” by the Department of Justice.  For the Seattle Police Manual the term “holding cell” is synonymous with “lockup”.

  • Holding cells are under the control of law enforcement
  • Holding cells are used for the temporary confinement of individuals who have recently been arrested, detained for investigative purposes or in the process of being transported.
  • The holding cell of a mobile precinct is subject to this policy.

2. Officers Will Assist Detainees with Reasonable Requests for Water and Restroom Access

Officers will not allow detainees to eat, drink or smoke in the holding cells.

3. Employees Will Take Reasonable Steps to Ensure the Safety of Detainees While in Department Custody

Employees will take steps to safeguard detainees during emergency situations involving the Department Facility.

Employees will notify a sergeant or above of an emergent situation that may put a detainee at risk.

4. Officers Will Perform an Inventory Search Before Placing the Detainee in a Holding Cell -See Seattle Police Manual Section 6.181 - Performing Inventory Searches

5. Officers Will Enter the Required Detainee Information on the Appropriate Detainee Log Sheet

Detainee information is recorded on the Adult Detainee Log Sheet (form 4.1) or the Juvenile Detainee Log Sheet (form 12.4).

6. Sergeants and Above Will Review the Detainee Log Sheets -See 11.010-PRO-1 Reviewing Detainee Log Sheets

7. The Watch Lieutenant Will Assign a Sergeant to Inspect the Holding Cells at the Beginning of the Watch and Record the Inspection on the Detainee Log Sheet

Sergeants will check the holding cells and the holding cell area for:

  • Unattended Detainee Property
  • Unattended Evidence
  • Contraband
  • Sharps Container

8. Detainees Shall be Handcuffed Behind Their Back While in a Holding Cell

Exception:  Circumstances may require an alternative method of restraint.  Officers will notify a Sergeant if restraints other than handcuffs are used on a detainee in a holding cell.

9. Detainees Held in a Room Designated as an Interview or Interrogation Room Must Be Under Constant Observation

Officers will observe Detainees in person or by video monitor while in the interview or interrogation room.

10. The Department Will Not Tolerate the Victimization of Detainees Through Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment

11. Incidents of Sexual Abuse or Sexual Harassment of a Detainee Will be Reported and Investigated

12. Employees Will Protect Persons Likely to be Victimized in a Detention Setting

  • Employees will isolate known sex offenders from other detainees.
  • Employees will separate restrained detainees from unrestrained detainees.

13. Employees Will Pass on Information About a Detainee at Risk of Sexual Assault to Other Agencies that are Taking Custody of the Detainee

14. Detainees of a Different Sex Must be Detained Separately

Detainees will not be searched to determine their gender.

15. Adults and Juveniles Must be Detained Separately

a. Juveniles are detained out of the sight of adult detainees.

b. Employees will take reasonable steps to prevent juvenile detainees from hearing adult detainees.

c. Officers Shall not hold Juvenile Status Offenders and Non-Offenders in Locked Cells

Officers shall place status offenders and non-offenders in an “unsecured area” (e.g., non-locking interview room, or precinct lobby).

  • If a status offender or a non-offender must be held in a locked room for officer safety reasons, then it must be documented on the Juvenile Detainee Log Sheet (Form 12.4) and the General Offense Report.


A status offender is a juvenile that is taken into police custody for an offense that would not be a crime if committed by an adult.

  • Runaway
  • Underage possession or consumption of tobacco and alcohol products
  • Truancy
  • Curfew violations
  • or a warrant for any of the above

A non-offender is a juvenile under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court for reasons other than legally prohibited conduct.

  • Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Dependency
  • or a warrant for any of the above

d. The Department will Complete a Biannual Report

Per the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act and RCW 13.04.116, the Department will complete a report of juvenile detentions every six months.

  • The Audit, Policy and Research Section will coordinate the reporting with the precincts.

16. Detainees with Disabilities Require Special Consideration

Employees will provide reasonable accommodations to a detainee with a disability.

17. Officers Will Seek Medical Assistance for Detainees

Officers will request Seattle Fire Department respond when a detainee has an obvious injury or illness, or when the detainee makes a complaint of injury or illness.

Officers will document the assistance provided in the GO Report.

18. Officers Shall Obtain a Sergeant's Authorization for Detentions Over Two Hours

Officers will document the reason for the extended detention and the name of the screening sergeant on the log sheet.

19. Officers May Secure Detainees to a Fixed Object in the Holding Cell

a. A detainee’s behavior may require additional restraint within the holding cell.

b. Only fixed objects specifically designed for this purpose are used

  • Eye bolts secured to the floor
  • Steel bars built into the holding cell bench

c. Officers will transport detainees secured to a fixed object as soon as possible.

d. Officers will document the use of a fixed object in the GO Report.


20. The Use of the Spit Sock Hood Requires Special Application, Reporting and Screening -See 11.010-PRO-2 Application of the Spit Sock Hood

Officers may use the spit sock hood if the detainee is actively spitting on officers, or the officers have a reasonable belief that the detainee will spit on them.



11.010-PRO-1 Reviewing Detainee Log Sheets

Watch Lieutenant

1. Assigns a sergeant to review log sheets for their watch.


2. Reviews log sheet entries at the start of their watch and throughout their watch.

3. Corrects omissions or mistakes.

4. Submits the log sheets for that watch to the Watch Lieutenant.

Watch Lieutenant

5. Reviews the log sheets for that watch and approves if appropriate.

a. If there is a mistake or omission, sends the log sheet back to the Sergeant for correction.

6. Submits the approved log sheets to the Administrative Specialist.

Administrative Specialist

7. Retains Detainee Log Sheets for 2 years plus current.



11.010-PRO-2 Application of the Spit Sock Hood


1. Applies the spit sock hood once the subject is under control.

2. Affixes the spit sock hood to the subject’s head using the built in elastic band.

3. Notifies a sergeant that the spit sock hood was applied.

4. Observes the subject continuously (in person or via video) while he or she is wearing the spit sock hood.

a. Removes the spit sock hood and requests medical assistance if there are any indications of respiratory distress.

5. Assesses the continued need for the spit sock hood.


6. Screens the use of the spit sock hood and documents in the Arrest Screening Template.


7. Disposes the used spit sock hood in a biohazard waste container.

8. Documents in the General Offense Report the use of the spit sock hood by Seattle Police or any other agency (e.g., Seattle Fire, King County Jail, etc.), including:

a. Why the spit sock hood was applied,

b. Whether the officer observed any ill effects to the subject—or lack thereof—caused by the application of the spit sock hood.

9. Indicates on the appropriate Detainee Log Sheet that the spit sock hood was applied.


11.010-TSK-1 Securing a Detainee in a Department Holding Cell

When securing a detainee in a Department holding cell the Officer:

1. Performs an inventory search of the detainee and their property. -See: 11.050-PRO-1 Securing and Transporting Detainee Property

2. Removes potentially hazardous items from the detainee.

3. Enters the required information on the appropriate detainee log sheet.

4. Inspects the holding cell before placing the Detainee in the holding cell.

5. Secures the detainee in the holding cell.

6. Visually checks the detainee every 30 minutes and records the check on the appropriate log sheet.

7. Informs the transport officer that a detainee is ready for transport if applicable.