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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: 10/28/2014

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 - 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 - 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

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

8.300 - 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

Uniform Reference Catalog

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

16.100 - 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

13.031-Vehicle Eluding/Pursuits

Effective Date: 02/19/2014

13.031-POL

1. Definitions

Eluding - For the purposes of this section, eluding exists when an officer operating an authorized police vehicle initiates a vehicle stop and, after a reasonable time to yield in response to the officer’s command, the driver does any of the following:

  • Increases speed
  • Takes evasive actions
  • Refuses to stop

Pursuit – For the purposes of this section, a pursuit exists when an officer, operating an authorized police vehicle with emergency lights and siren activated, proceeds in an effort to keep pace with and/or immediately apprehend an eluding driver.

2. Pursuing Officers Will Exercise Due Care and Activate Emergency Equipment

Officers engaged in a pursuit shall drive with due regard for the safety of all persons, and will use both emergency lights and continuous siren.

3. Officers Will Not Pursue Without Justification

The circumstances justifying the decision to pursue an eluding vehicle must be articulable at the time the officer initiates the pursuit.

Officers will not pursue solely for any one of the following:

  • Traffic violations / Civil Infractions
  • Misdemeanors
  • Gross misdemeanors
  • Property crimes
  • The act of eluding alone

4. Officers Will Cease Pursuit When the Risk of the Pursuit Outweighs the Danger to the Public if the Suspect is not Captured

5. The Department Will Not Discipline Officers, Supervisors, or Commanders for Declining to Initiate or Deciding to Terminate a Pursuit

6. Officers Must Notify Communications of Pursuits

The primary unit shall immediately advise Communications when initiating a pursuit and shall update all relevant details including:

  • Reason for pursuit
  • Location
  • Direction
  • Description of suspect vehicle and suspect(s)
  • Speed
  • Traffic conditions (Pedestrians and Vehicles)

After joining the pursuit, the secondary unit shall assume the responsibility for all radio transmissions from the primary unit.

7. Communications Will Notify Supervisors of Pursuits

The Communications Section shall immediately notify the primary unit’s supervisor and watch commander of the pursuit.

If the pursuing unit’s supervisor is not available, Communications will notify another supervisor in the precinct.

8. Supervisors Approve Pursuits Leaving the City and Assisting in Pursuits by Other Agencies

Officers must receive authorization from a supervisor to continue a pursuit outside the Seattle city limits.

When an SPD pursuit enters another jurisdiction, Communications shall notify the appropriate agency and request assistance.

Officers will not join outside agency pursuits without supervisor approval.

9. The Controlling Supervisor is Responsible for the Pursuit

The controlling supervisor’s responsibility extends only to the question of whether the pursuit is within policy.  In order to make this determination, the controlling supervisor shall immediately establish radio contact with the primary unit and gather all relevant information as soon as possible.

10. Units with Civilian Riders or Passengers Shall Not Participate in a Pursuit, in Any Capacity

11. Marked Cars Take Priority in Pursuits

Police motorcycle units and unmarked police cars with emergency equipment may initiate pursuits.  However, marked police cars will assume the primary positions as soon as possible.

12. Only Trained Personnel May Use Pursuit-Ending Tactics

Ramming, roadblocks, and the Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) are prohibited as pursuit tactics.

Exception: Some personnel in specialized units have been trained in specific techniques to terminate a pursuit. Only these personnel so trained may engage these techniques.

Intentional vehicle-to-vehicle contacts such as the PIT and ramming are uses of force that officers must report under the use of force policy.

13. Only Officers Trained in the Use of Tire Deflation Devices such as “Stop Sticks” May Deploy Them

Tire deflation devices are not intended for use on motorcycles.  Use of tire deflation devices on a motorcycle will be considered use of deadly force.

Officers may deploy tire deflation devices only after giving the deployment location over the radio to other units.  If the primary pursuing officers do not acknowledge, then the tire deflation devices will not be used.

The controlling supervisor reserves the right to override or rescind the decision to deploy.

14. The Deploying Officer is Responsible for Reporting Use

After each deployment the officer shall collect any damaged sections of the device for return to the manufacturer.

Exception:  Damaged sections will not go to the manufacturer if they are retained by the evidence section.

The officer will complete a Stop Stick Deployment Report (form 2.26), required for product replacement.

15. The Primary Officer or a Supervisor May Terminate a Pursuit

16. Officers will Disengage When Pursuit is Terminated

When a pursuit is terminated by the primary officer or a supervisor, pursuing officers will do the following:

  • With ICV still recording, pull over or, if practical under the circumstances, turn off of the eluding route and return to a normal driving pattern.
  • Deactivate all emergency equipment.
  • Flag the ICV recording.

17. Officers Will Not Reinitiate Pursuits That Have Been Terminated

Once a pursuit is terminated, no officer will pursue the same car anywhere in the city.

Exception: An officer may reinitiate the pursuit if either of the following apply:

  • A new violent crime is observed/reported.

OR

  • A supervisor gives authorization to reinitiate the pursuit.

18. Supervisors Will Review Video and Complete a Pursuit Report

The supervisor in charge of a pursuit will complete a Supervisor’s Report of Vehicle Eluding (form 2.28).

The supervisor will forward the report, along with any associated administrative reports, to the Chief of Police through the primary pursuing unit’s chain of command whether or not a suspect is apprehended.

This review shall include details regarding supervisory controls exerted over the pursuit.

The reporting supervisor will review all video from all cars in the pursuit to determine what occurred before and after the pursuit was terminated.

Watch lieutenants and precinct captains will also review all video from all cars in the pursuit before completing their report.

19. Eluding Incidents Ending in a Vehicle Collision Trigger Notifications

A sergeant will respond to the scene of any eluding incident that results in a collision.

The responding sergeant will notify the sergeant of the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad and the chain of command up to the Patrol Operations Bureau Chief.

20. The Patrol Operations Bureau Prepares an Annual Report

The Patrol Operations Bureau Chief will analyze pursuit reports and use that data to prepare an annual report for the Chief of Police.