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Latest Revision Date: 4/18/2014

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 - 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

14.090 – Demonstration Management

Effective Date:  1/1/2014

 

14.090 – POL

 

This policy pertains to the Department’s response to demonstrations.

 

1. The Department Uses the Incident Command System (ICS) for Demonstration Management

An Incident Commander will oversee the Department’s response to public assemblies before, during and after the event. 

2. The Incident Commander Will be a Sergeant or Above

3. The Incident Commander Will Obtain as Much Intelligence About the Event as Feasible

4. The Incident Commander May Consider Utilizing Specialty  Units, Based on Operational Needs

See 14.090–TSK–1 Responsibilities of the Incident Commander.

5. The Incident Commander Will Determine Minimum Staffing for Demonstrations

6. The Incident Commander Will Deliver Event Briefings Using a Standardized Format (SPD ICS Briefing Format)  

7. The Incident Commander Will Communicate Each Unit’s Mission to That Unit’s Supervisor or Commander

The involved unit’s supervisor or commander will develop the specific methods or tactics that will be used to accomplish the mission.  See 14.090–TSK–2 Responsibilities of the Supervisor.

8. The Incident Commander Retains Ultimate Responsibility for the Decisions of Subordinates

In order to fulfill this obligation, the Incident Commander will be available for on-scene consultation.

 

9. Crowd Dispersal

a. Upon Determining That the Crowd Presents an Imminent Risk to Public Safety or That Large-Scale Property Destruction Appears Likely, the Incident Commander May Order That the Crowd Be Dispersed

The Incident Commander or designee will first issue the order to disperse, if feasible.

b. Officers Shall Not Use Chemical Agents or Less-Lethal Munitions to Overcome Passive Resistance by Nonviolent and/or Peaceful Protestors, Absent Exigent Circumstances

c. Upon the Order of the Incident Commander, SWAT Will Deploy Chemical Agents and/or Less-Lethal Munitions to Disperse a Demonstration   

The Incident Commander shall have the authority to direct the use of chemical agents and less-lethal devices to disperse the demonstration.

  • A lieutenant may authorize the use of chemical agents/less-lethal munitions to disperse a demonstration if an immediate life safety emergency exists that requires this action be taken and there is insufficient time to obtain incident command approval.  
  • An immediate life safety emergency is an unplanned, dynamic situation where immediate police action is necessary to protect the officers’ and/or the public’s safety.

d. A CART-Trained Supervisor shall Oversee Chemical Agents and/or Less-Lethal Munitions when SWAT is not Assigned to the Demonstration

Personnel trained to deploy patrol CART munitions are authorized to carry these agents or devices unless otherwise directed by the Incident Commander.  The Incident Commander shall have the authority to direct the use of chemical agents and less-lethal devices to disperse the demonstration.

  • Each precinct will maintain a supply of chemical agents and less-lethal devices to address an unplanned demonstration where there is insufficient time to deploy SWAT 

e. The Incident Commander Will Deploy Department Personnel to Accomplish Specific Tactical Objectives

Objectives may include:

  • Containment - to confine an demonstration
  • Complete containment of a demonstration without a dispersal route will only be done as a prelude to a mass arrest situation
  • Isolation – to prevent the growth of the demonstration and to deny access to those who are not involved, for their own safety
  • Prevention of escalation – to defuse the situation through warnings and verbal persuasion
  • Dispersal – to disperse the demonstration in a predetermined direction and take enforcement action against violators

f. Officers and Incident Commanders Must Document Uses of Force

10.  Officers May Make Individual Decisions to Deploy OC  

a. Officers Shall Deploy OC for Specific Objectives Consistent With Manual Section 8.100 - Using Force.

The authorized use of OC in demonstration situations involving violent activity shall have as a primary objective at least one of the following:

  • Defend oneself
  • Defend someone else
  • Prevent significant destruction of property

b. OC Will be Directed at the Specific Suspect(s) who are Posing a Threat

Officers deploying OC will attempt to limit collateral exposure to non-involved parties.

  • If there is probable cause to arrest for a crime, it is a priority for officers to arrest individuals against whom OC has been deployed.  

c. Officers Will Provide Aid to Subjects Exposed to Chemical Agents and/or OC, if Feasible

Officers will request medical response or assistance for subjects exposed to chemical spray and/or OC when they complain of continued effects after having been decontaminated, or they indicate that they have a pre-existing medical condition (e.g. asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, heart ailment, etc) that may be aggravated by chemical spray and/or OC. 

d. Officers Must Document Uses of Force

Officers shall individually justify and document all reportable uses of force consistent with Manual Section 8.300 - Use-of-Force Reporting and Investigation.

11. Following the Event, Sergeants and Incident Commanders Will Conduct a Day-of-Event Debrief

12. The Incident Commander Will Complete an After Action Report

 

14.090–TSK–1 Responsibilities of the Incident Commander

 

During the course of managing a demonstration, the Incident Commander:

 

1. If feasible, contacts the demonstration organizer to discuss the Department response

 

2. Develops contingency plan regarding staffing and tactics

3. Considers utilizing specialty units

4. Communicates each unit’s mission to the relevant supervisor or commander

a. Approves unit plans

5. Briefs officers and supervisors using the SPD ICS briefing format

 

6. Remains available for on-scene consultation

 

7. Debriefs supervisors and commanders following the event

a. Collects Event Debrief Forms from the supervisors

8. Completes an After Action Report

a. Per Manual Section 14.010 – After Action Reports, writes a memo containing the following:

b. Routes the After Action Report and Event Debrief Forms to the Patrol Operations Bureau Commander

 

 

14.090–TSK–2 Responsibilities of the Supervisor

 

During the course of managing a demonstration, the supervisor:

 

1. Develops methods or tactics that will be used to accomplish the mission

a.  Submits plans to the Incident Commander

2. Debriefs assigned officers

 

3. Documents observations and suggestions on an Event Debrief Form (form 23.5)

a.  Submits Event Debrief Forms  to Incident Commander

4. Attends separate debrief with Incident Commander

 

 

 

14.090–TSK–3 Issuing the Order to Disperse

 

Upon determining that the crowd presents an imminent risk to public safety or that large-scale property destruction appears likely, the Incident Commander, as feasible:

 

1. Considers placing officers at the rear of the crowd to verify that the order to disperse will be heard by all

 

2. Issues the following order:

 

“I am (rank and name) of the Seattle Police Department.  I am now issuing a public safety order to disperse and I command all those assemble at (specific location) to immediately disperse, which means leave this area.  If you do not do so, you may be arrested or subject to other police action.  Other police action could include the use of chemical agents or less-lethal munitions, which may inflict significant pain or result in serious injury.  If you remain in the area just described, regardless of your purpose, you will be in violation of city and state law.  The following routes of dispersal are available: (routes).  You have (reasonable amount of time) minutes to disperse.”

 

3. Allows a reasonable amount of time for the crowd to disperse

 

4.  Repeats the order to disperse, if feasible

 

5. Continually assesses the balance of dispersal time and the goal of retaining control of the situation