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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: 9/17/2014

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

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 (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

16.091 - 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

15.130 – Missing Person

Effective Date: 1/15/2014

15.130-POL

1. Officers Document Missing Person Incidents on the Missing Persons Report (form 5.1.2)

A Missing Person report is completed when:

2. Officers Will Not Take a Missing Person Report in Certain Cases

Officers will not assist:

3. There Is No Waiting Period to Take a Missing Person Report

4. Officers Include the Victim’s Full Name, Date of Birth, Height, Weight, Hair and Eye Color on the Missing Person Report

WACIC/NCIC does not accept reports without this information.

5. Officers Fax the Completed Missing Person Report to Data Center and Send the Original Report to Data

Federal law requires that information on a missing person under the age of 21 must be entered into WACIC and NCIC within two hours of the initial report.

6. A Lieutenant or Above Approves AMBER Alerts or A Child Is Missing Alert (ACIM)

7. Department Employees Use the AMBER Alert Plan to Locate an Abducted Child When the Following Criteria Are Met:

See 15.130-PRO-2 Initiating an AMBER Alert Plan

8. A Child is Missing Alert (ACIM) May be Used When Criteria for an AMBER Alert are Not Met

See 15.130-PRO-3 Initiating A Child is Missing Alert

9. Officers Searching for a Missing Child Conduct a Search of Surrounding Areas and Places of Concealment

Officers Use the Neighborhood Canvass Form (form 14.4) to Record the Search.

10. The Missing Persons Detail of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Section Conducts the Follow-up Investigations of Missing Persons Reports

 

15.130-PRO-1 Missing Child

Communications

1. Broadcasts detailed information of a missing child and assigns a primary officer.

Officer

2. Completes the initial investigation and reporting requirements of the missing child incident. See 15.130-TSK-1 Officer Investigating a Missing Child Incident.

3. Notifies a sergeant.

Sergeant

4. Assesses the need for incident command and initiates as needed.

5. Determines with the officer if the AMBER Alert system will be activated and/or if an ACIM is needed.

6. Determines if the situation calls for an SPDall email.

7. Coordinates patrol response.

 

15.130-PRO-2 Initiating an AMBER Alert Plan

Sergeant

1. Notifies an on-duty lieutenant if the AMBER Alert Plan is needed.

Lieutenant

2. Determines if the criteria are met for the initiation of the AMBER Alert Plan-See 15.130-POL-7, and initiates ICS. Updates the sergeant. See 15.130-TSK-2 AMBER Alert Plan-Lieutenant.

Sergeant

3. Notifies the Homicide Unit and the Public Affairs Unit if the child is abducted by an unknown suspect.

or

Notifies the Domestic Violence Unit and the Public Affairs Unit if the child is abducted by a known family member.

4. Contacts Communications by telephone.

5. Instructs the officer to complete the AMBER Alert Report (form 5.1.3) and Missing Persons Report.

Officer

6. Completes the AMBER Alert Report and Missing Persons Report.

7. Faxes the completed Missing Person Report and AMBER Alert Report to the Data Center.

8. Sends by fax or email (spddispatch@seattle.gov) the completed AMBER Alert Report to Communications.

 

15.130-PRO-3  Initiating A Child is Missing Alert

Sergeant

1. Notifies an on-duty lieutenant if A Child is Missing Alert is needed.

Lieutenant

2. Approves A Child is Missing Alert and contacts the Public Affairs Unit prior to having the alert issued.

3. Calls A Child is Missing at 1-888-875-2246 and provides the following information:

4. Completes a report sent by A Child is Missing (ACIM) and sends a copy to ICAC.

 

15.130-TSK-1 Officer Investigating a Missing Child Incident

When responding to a missing child the officer:

1. Responds promptly to the location of the missing child.

2. Activates in-car video during approach to the location of the missing child.

3. Interviews parents/person who made the initial report and verifies the child is missing and the child’s custody status.

4. Determines if a multi-officer/unit response is required.

5. Obtains detailed description of the missing child, abductor, or vehicles, etc. and relays detailed descriptive information to Communications for broadcast.

6. Updates Communications with detailed information for broadcast.

7. Determines who last saw the child, and when and where they were last seen.

8. Identifies everyone who is at the scene.

9. Interviews the person(s) who last had contact with the child.

a. Interviews identified persons separately and asks:“What do you think happened to the child?”, documents their response.

10. Identifies child’s “zone of safety” (area that the child feels safe or comfortable in) for his/her age/developmental stage.

11. Determines if the incident involves a family or non-family abduction, endangered runaway, lost, injured, or otherwise missing child.

12. Determines if the criteria for an AMBER Alert has been met.

a. If the AMBER Alert criteria are not met, notifies the sergeant that ACIM Alert is needed. See 15.130-PRO-3 A Child is Missing Alert.

13. Requests consent to search the home and surrounding out-buildings and structures on the property.

a. Obtains the property owner’s signature on a Consent to Search form.

b. Treats the area as a possible crime scene.

14. Obtains a digital photograph(s) of the missing child and sends the digital photograph(s) to spdmpu@seattle.gov (Missing Persons Unit email) with the name of the missing person and the associated GO number.

or

Instructs the complainant to send digital photographs of the missing child to spdmpu@seattle.gov with the name of the missing child and the associated GO number.

or

If there is no digital picture, sends hard copy photographs to the Missing Persons Unit. 

15. Faxes the completed Missing Person Report to Data Center within 2 hours of completing the report.

16. Calls Data Center to confirm the report was received.

17. Gives missing person report to sergeant for approval and transmission to Data.

 

 

15.130-TSK-2 Lieutenant Initiating an AMBER Alert Plan

When initiating an AMBER Alert Plan the lieutenant:

1. Determines if the criteria are met for the initiation of the AMBER Alert Plan and initiates ICS. See 15.130-POL #7.

2. Cancels the AMBER Alert after verification of the child’s recovery.

3. Convenes a debrief session with involved personnel.

4. Completes an After Action Report and sends a copy to ICAC Section Captain.

 

15.130-TSK-3 Officer Investigating a Missing Adult

When investigating a missing adult the officer:

1. Determines the category of the missing person and completes the Missing Person Report form.

2. Completes the narrative on a Continuation Sheet.

3. Obtains a digital photograph(s) of the missing adult and sends the digital photograph(s) to spdmpu@seattle.gov (Missing Persons Unit email) with the name of the missing adult and the associated GO number.

or

Instructs the complainant to send digital photographs of the missing adult to spdmpu@seattle.gov with the name of the missing adult and the associated GO number.

or

If there is no digital picture, sends hard copy photographs to the Missing Persons Unit. 

4. Faxes the completed Missing Person Report to Data Center when practical.

5. Calls Data Center to confirm the report was received.