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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

14.060 – Serious Incident Plan

Effective Date: 7/1/2009


Officer safety will be the priority when responding to a serious incident. Once the incident is made safe, the officers will attend to the injured, locate suspects and witnesses, secure the scene and preserve evidence. Some examples of serious incidents are homicides, sexual assaults, officer involved shootings, serious injuries where death may be likely, and kidnappings.

I. Primary Officer Responsibilities

A. The first officer on the scene of a serious incident will assume the role of the primary officer. The primary officer will take control of the scene and direct the activity until relieved by a sergeant.

1. The primary officer will request that a sergeant respond to the scene.

B. Officer safety is the first priority. The primary officer will direct responding officers, advising the safe access route, and a safe staging area.

C. Once the scene has been secured, the investigation of the incident can proceed.

D. Officers on the scene will administer first aid to injured persons and request medic units to respond when necessary.

1. Use universal precautions to minimize contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials. See 3.045-Bloodborne Pathogens

2. If certain signs of death are present (e.g. rigor mortis, lividity, odor, etc.) do not touch or move the body.

E. Establish an inside and outside perimeter, around the scene with yellow crime scene tape, keeping all unauthorized persons out. Responding Detective Sergeants will deploy Red Crime Scene Tape around the inner perimeter of any major crime scene. The red tape will denote the area(s) where the most critical evidence is located.

1. The perimeter should be marked off with crime scene tape as soon as it is safe to do so.

2. The perimeter will be maintained until officers are released by a sergeant.

3. Limit access to only those involved in the investigation.

F. Maintain a detailed Crime Scene Log.

1. The responding Detective Sergeant will ensure that an on-scene officer is assigned to crime scene log duty and will provide the officer with blank log sheets. Once the red crime scene tape is in place and the “log officer” is assigned, anyone who enters the area cordoned off in red tape, regardless of rank, will have to sign in and sign out of the scene and may be responsible for providing a statement as to their business and activity in the scene. Officers who entered the scene prior to the application of red crime scene tape must complete a statement regarding their business and activity in the scene. The Crime Scene Log is not limited to SPD personnel; representatives of all agencies with a need to enter the scene must sign in and sign out. This includes the Seattle Fire Department, any ambulance attendant, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, the King County Prosecutor’s Office, or any other agency. Once the crime scene investigation is complete and the scene is released, the “log officer” will submit the completed log forms to the on-scene Detective Sergeant or the CSI Sergeant. The Sergeant will deliver the completed log forms to the case detective(s). The crime scene log will become part of the case file and may be subject to defense discovery.

G. Detain suspect(s) and witnesses separately. Instruct witnesses not to talk to anyone about the incident. Obtain statements when possible.

H. Broadcast all available suspect information.

I. Preserve the crime scene and any evidence in its original location and condition unless it creates a hazard or risks becoming contaminated.

1. Note transient details, such as time of day, whether the lights were on or off, signs of activity, position of doors and windows, unusual odors, persons at the scene upon arrival and the position of an injured victim.

2. Do not touch or move an item of evidence unless it is necessary to protect it from being damaged or destroyed. Avoid touching, moving or stepping in areas sensitive to the scene. Use the same route in and out of the scene, avoiding a route a suspect might have used. Do not use any of the facilities at the scene (e.g., sinks, bathrooms, telephones, etc.). Document anything that is touched or moved. Utilize door locks, barricades, crime scene tape, other officers, and rope to secure the scene. Protect the entry and exit paths used by the criminal. Protect any evidence in danger of being destroyed by weather or other factors.

J. Guarding Injured or Deceased Persons

1. An officer will be assigned to stay with the person until relieved by a sergeant. This includes riding with the person to the hospital and staying with them once they arrive at the hospital.

a. Injured Person(s): The officer assigned to guard the victim/suspect should give their sergeant the condition of the injured person, as that information becomes available. Secure clothing from the victim or suspect at the hospital. List the names of the hospital staff who removed the clothing and anyone at the hospital that talked to the victim or suspect. In the case of sexual assault the clothing and evidence collected will be retained by the hospital.

b. Deceased Person(s): Do not remove the clothing of the deceased. Instruct the hospital attendants not to release the property of the deceased to anyone other than the Medical Examiner or police personnel.

II. Patrol Sergeant Responsibilities

A. A sergeant will respond to the scene and take command. The sergeant in command will:

1. Request a follow-up unit call out response;

2. Determine any additional personnel required and assign specific responsibilities to sergeants / officers on the scene;

3. Ensure Communications receives updated information;

4. Ensure the security of the scene;

5. Turn control of scene over to the follow-up investigators, upon their arrival;

6. Brief the Watch Lieutenant; and

7. Ensure the proper paperwork has been completed.

B. Once the follow-up detective(s) arrive and assume control of the scene, they have full command of the scene. Completion of the investigation is the responsibility of the follow-up unit.

III. Watch Lieutenant Responsibilities

A. Respond and assume command.

B. Ensure sergeant responsibilities have been completed.

C. Brief arriving units.

D. Designate a media staging area.

E. Check call status with Communications Section.

1. If there are too many waiting calls, request assistance from other precincts or request that the Communications Section starts screening low priority calls.

F. Consider psychological support for officers for involved squad and precinct.

1. Psychologist

a. Critical Incident Stress Debriefing

b. Peer Counselors

G. Consider Department-wide announcement for on-duty officers via Mobile Data Device.

IV. Use of King Country Guardian One Helicopter

A. The King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, Guardian One, operates during the following hours:

1. Monday through Friday 0930-1730 hrs., and Tuesday through Saturday 2000-0400 hrs.

B. When Guardian One is airborne and over Seattle, the pilot will normally advise SPD Radio over the air or by telephone that they are in service and monitoring the MARS channel.

C. Requesting Guardian One:

1. When Guardian One is in service an Officer may request their assistance through Communications via SPD Radio. Communications will then notify Guardian One of the incident and the need to respond.

2. When Guardian One is not in service the request must be screened through a sergeant prior to making the request through Communications.

D. A sergeant will monitor the situation and assess the continued need for Guardian One.