General Policy Information
Latest Revision Date: 3/3/2014
Title 1 - Department Administration
Title 2 - Department Employment
Title 3 - Employee Welfare
Title 4 - Human Resources
Title 5 - Employee Conduct
Title 6 - Arrests, Search and Seizure
Title 7 - Evidence and Property
Title 8 - Use of Force
Title 9 - Equipment and Uniforms
Title 10 - Police Facilities & Security
Title 11 - Detainee Management
Title 12 - Department Information Systems
Title 13 - Vehicle Operations
Title 14 - Emergency Operations
Title 15 - Primary Investigation
Title 16 - Patrol Operations
Effective Date: 3/21/2002
Seattle Police Department driver training is designed to simulate conditions an officer might face on the job. Whether it is the emergency vehicle operation course (EVOC), motorcycle or parking enforcement vehicle training, etc., the courses are meant to force an officer into situations that may exceed their skills in order to teach collision avoidance and vehicle control.
I. Collision Reporting
A. Collisions occurring during Department authorized training are exempt from the normal accident reporting procedures.
B. The reporting exemption is only valid on closed, non-public courses. The collision must have happened during instruction. State law requires that collisions occurring on a public street be reported.
C. All collisions occurring during training shall be reported as outlined in subsection II. for internal damage audits and training evaluation purposes.
D. The Chief of Police does have the discretion of ordering a collision investigation and report for driver training collisions.
E. Collisions during authorized training are also exempted from Department sanctions if they happen during instruction and are not the result of misconduct or gross negligence.
II. Collision Investigation
A. The training supervisor present at the scene will investigate the collision and complete the Supervisor’s Investigation of Vehicle Collision (form 2.24), and a State of Washington Motor Vehicle Collision Report.
B. The Education & Training Section staff will review the collision for evaluating training needs and the training curriculum. The involved officer’s chain of command will also review the collision.
C. Reports of the collision will be forwarded to and retained by the Inspections and Procedures Unit.
D. Any needed vehicle repairs will be reported to the Fleet Control Unit. Fleet Control will then get a copy of the collision reports from the Education & Training Section.
E. Driver training collisions will be reviewed by the Department Safety Officer and forwarded to the Collision Review Board when appropriate.