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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

14.100 – Special Event Planning

Effective Date: 5/22/2009

I. Definitions

A. Special Events

1. City approved, pre-planned event that requires police services which go beyond normal daily assignment duties.

2. Includes the following

a. Sporting events

b. Parades

c. Concerts

d. Fun runs

e. Dignitary protection

f. Community/Neighborhood events

g. Fair, exhibits, and celebrations

B. Demonstrations

1. Planned or unplanned assembly or disruption, which may or may not occur in conjunction with a Special event.

a. Requires on-duty or overtime Police services

C. Emphasis Deployment

1. A pre-planned special deployment of Police resources to impact a specific problem that is specifically tied to a special event.

a. This classification is typically utilized for cost allocation purposes tied to a special event.

b. A special event emphasis deployment will not be scheduled over seven days before or two days following a special event.

EXCEPTION: Prior authorization given by the Patrol Operations Bureau Chief.

D. Crime Suppression Emphasis Deployment

1. Pre-planned deployment of police resources to impact a specific problem.

2. Includes the following situations

a. Narcotics trafficking

b. Criminal gang activity

c. Street crimes

E. Planning

1. Development of operations orders to handle:

a. Special events

b. Demonstrations

c. Emphasis deployments

2. Plans shall include a list of any logistical needs specific to the event. Examples may include temporary fencing, transportation, food and beverage for deployed officers, use of the mobile precinct, etc.

F. Staffing

1. Identification and notification of personnel listed to work a special event.

II. Deployment Section

A. Responsibilities

1. Serve as the primary representative, and contact point, of the Police Department with regard to special events.

2. This includes but is not limited to the following

a. Attending Special Event planning meetings

b. Negotiation with promoters for events scheduled at the Seattle Center

(1) Exceptional cases require a Seattle Center Detail representative

c. Coordinate with other City agencies

3. Advise Precincts/Sections of upcoming events affecting operations.

4. Develop operations plans, provide staffing plans, and/or supervise special events.

5. Serve as a repository for:

a. Special event operations plans

b. Staffing level deployment plans

c. After action reports

6. Advise Command Staff on Special Events.

7. Ensure appropriate corrections are made to plans for continuing or repeated special events.

8. Serve as the primary Police Department representative and contact point with regard to Disaster Management.

III. Seattle Center Detail

A. Description

1. Detail drawn from West Precinct.

2. Detail covers Seattle Center grounds and events.

B. Responsibilities

1. Plan routine events occurring on the Seattle Center grounds.

2. Primary liaison between Seattle Center administration and the Deployment Section.

3. Keep Deployment Section apprised of all Seattle Center events.

4. Coordinate with Deployment Section on events falling under Deployment Section responsibilities (i.e. planning, negotiation, staffing).

IV. Event Planning

A. Special Events

1. Deployment Section Responsibilities

a. Develop Operation Orders for the following events:

(1) City-wide annual Special Events

(2) Large events involving police city-wide resources

(3) Large one time events (e.g., Goodwill games, APEC)

(4) Specific events, staffed in whole or in part by off duty SPD personnel, that may impact on-duty SPD resources.

(5) Events requiring one or more City Permits.

(6) Select Seattle Center Special Events.

(a) Bumbershoot.

(b) Folklife.

(c) Bite of Seattle.

(d) Major concerts.

(e) Events requiring. overtime resources beyond sixty (60) hours on or off the Center grounds.

(f) Events requested by the Seattle Center Detail

(9) Commercial filming by private companies.

(a) Any filming requiring one or more City permits.

(b) Any filming on City property.

(10) Events involving specialty unit resources (i.e. Traffic, Mounted).

(a) Planning may be delegated to the specialty unit involved.

(11) Other Special Events.

(a) Request must be made in advance by Precincts or Sections requesting assistance.

2. Precinct Responsibilities

a. Plan all events, not covered by Deployment Section, occurring within the borders of the Precinct.

(1) Prior arrangements with the Deployment Section may be made for assistance or coverage of events.

b. Coordinate with the Deployment Section as appropriate.

B. Demonstrations

1. Primary responsibilities for planning are assigned to the Precinct the event occurs in.

2. The Deployment Section may plan specific deployments.

a. Requires approval from the Patrol Operations Bureau Chief.

C. Emphasis Deployment

1. Responsibility for deployment falls with:

a. Unit, Section, Precinct, or Bureau coordinating or deploying the resources.

2. When several units are involved, one of the following may plan the event

a. Deployment Section; or

b. Any of the individual units involved.

V. Staffing Events

A. Special Events

1. Deployment Section responsibilities

a. Provide staffing for events the Section has planned

(1) Exclude events delegated by Directive or agreed to on a case by case basis

b. Provide the following for On-Duty and/or Overtime Events

(1) Publish a SPD Directive requiring officers and/or sergeants to staff the event

NOTE: Short-term notice events may require notification in person or by phone

(2) Attempt to solicit volunteers for staffing, if possible

(a) Accommodate volunteers' requests for a specific type of assignment, if possible

NOTE: Post assignments may not be requested

(3) Assignment of personnel with special skills, equipment, or area familiarity, if required

(4) Make every effort to provide reasonable notice of staffing requirements

(5) Draft personnel if volunteers are not obtained

(a) Drafting will be done on a seniority basis, least seniority drafted first

(b) Patrol Personnel, until all non-patrol personnel have been drafted.

(6) Exempt applicable personnel.

c. Provide the following for events staffed wholly or partially by SPD Off-Duty personnel

(1) Staffing for Seattle Center events falling under deployment Section responsibilities (i.e. Bumbershoot, Folklife); and

(2) Staffing for events requiring sixty hours or more on Seattle Center grounds; or

(3) Staffing for any events off the center grounds; or

(4) Any events as requested by the Seattle Center Detail

(5) Staffing for certain Kingdome events, as requested, if approved by the Captain of the Deployment Section

(6) Staffing for filming requiring one or more city permits or occurring on City property

(7) May publish courtesy notices of off-duty scheduling NOTE: Courtesy notices are not orders

2. Section/Precinct Responsibilities

a. Provide staffing for events planned by the section

(1) Assistance from specialty units may be requested.

(2) Notify personnel internally.

b. Provide requested personnel for events, unless exempted

c. Section Captain or Bureau Chief will advise the Deployment Section of exemptions

3. Seattle Center Detail Responsibilities

a. Staff Center events not assigned to the Deployment Section

4. Exemptions

a. All requests for exemption must be forwarded through the chain of command to the applicable Bureau Chief

(1) Must obtain approval of the Patrol Operations Bureau Chief to draft Patrol personnel.

b. Section Captains cannot authorize exemptions.

c. Individuals scheduled for Unit/Section duty may be exempted by Bureau Chiefs.

(1) Individuals may be required to re-schedule Unit/Section duty.

d. Student Officers

(1) May be drafted with approval from the Patrol Operations Bureau Chief

(2) If Student Officers drafted, their Field Training Officer will accompany them, if possible

5. Change of Assignments or Trading Assignments

a. Officers requesting a change must

(1) Sign a memorandum indicating agreement on the change

(a) Both officers' signatures are required

(2) Submit the memorandum for approval from the scheduling Unit, Section, or Bureau

(3) The Section making the assignment must receive the memorandum at least two business days before the assignment roll call.

b. Assigned shifts will not be split

EXAMPLE: Two officers may not split an eight hour shift into two four hour shifts.

c. Sergeants and above may not work in officers' slots; officers may not work in sergeant and above slots

d. Changes and/or trades may not be allowed for short notice events

B. Demonstrations

1. The Precinct of the occurrence will be responsible for staffing.

a. The precinct may request assistance from the Deployment Section

C. Emphasis Deployment

1. The Primary Unit, Section, Precinct, or Bureau deploying or coordinating the resources staffs the event.

a. When more than one Unit, Section, Precinct, or Bureau is involved in an event, any one of them may staff the event by mutual agreement

2. City wide Events (i.e. Torchlight Parade, Seafair)

VI. Event Command

A. Special Events

1. City wide Events (i.e. Torchlight Parade, Seafair)

a. The Patrol Operations Bureau Chief will develop a rotating schedule

b. Rotate the command among the affected Patrol Operations Bureau Captains

2. Large Special Events

a. The Deployment Section Captain may command the event

b. Precinct Captain or Metro Special Response Captain may command the event on agreement of all parties involved

c. If agreement is not reached, the Patrol Operations Bureau Chief will assign command responsibility.

3. Large One-Time Events.

a. The Patrol Operations Bureau Chief will assign the Incident Commander for the event.

4. Event staffed wholly or partially by off-duty SPD officers.

a. Select Seattle Center Events are commanded by the Operations & Planning Section Captain.

b. Filming.

(1) Commanded by the Deployment Section Captain.

5. Events staffed primarily by Specialty Units.

a. The Incident Commander will be selected by the Captain of the Specialty Unit.

6. Events Planned/Staffed by Precincts.

a. Commanded by the Precinct Captain or designee.

7. Other Special Events.

a. The Incident Commander will be determined by the requesting Precinct or Section.

B. Demonstrations

1. The Precinct of the event shall have command responsibility, unless otherwise specified.

a. A Special Event Commander shall be assigned for the Special Event component of the Precinct event.

C. Emphasis Deployment

1. The Captain of the Primary deploying or coordinating Unit, Section, Precinct, or Bureau shall command the event.

D. Emergency Situations

1. Any superior in the concerned Captain's immediate chain of command may take command if any deployment reaches the point that SPD personnel are in jeopardy.