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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 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

15.190 – Theft and Recovery of Vehicle, License Plates, or License Tabs

Effective Date: 2/19/2014     

 

This policy applies to personnel when investigating auto thefts and recovering stolen vehicles.

 

15.190-POL

1. The Communications Section Documents Stolen Vehicles and Plates in a SPD Preliminary Vehicle Report

The call taker shall complete a Preliminary Vehicle Report when documenting a report of:

Theft of license plate tabs and attempted theft of a vehicle will be documented as a theft in a General Offense Report.

See 15.190-PRO-1 Reporting of Stolen Vehicle or Plates

2. Officers Complete a Supplemental Report Documenting the On-Scene Investigation of Stolen Vehicles and Plates

Officers complete the supplemental report using the “Stolen Vehicle Investigations” template and including in the narrative:

 

See 15.190-PRO-1 Reporting of Stolen Vehicle or Plates

3. Officers Document all Crimes in an Auto Theft Investigation Using the Same Case Number

When conducting a vehicle theft investigation along with another crime(s), complete a GO to document the crime and the vehicle theft using the case number under which the theft was reported.

Exception: If another crime is investigated pursuant to a vehicle recovery, a GO will be completed for the investigation of the crime and a supplemental report will be completed to recover the vehicle using the GO number under which it was reported stolen.

 

4. Officers Screen Certain Cases with the Auto Theft Unit

In some situations, officers will refer complainants to the Auto Theft Unit rather than complete a stolen vehicle report. Refer complainants to the Auto Theft Unit when:

5. Officers May Consult the Auto Theft Sergeant

Call 206-684-8948 or via the Chief Dispatcher after hours.

6. If the Complainant Insists on Receiving a Case Number, Write a “Suspicious Circumstance” GO Report

Provide the GO number of the report to the complainant on a business card and route the report to the Auto Theft Unit.

7. Officers Will Impound Recovered Vehicles Only in Certain Instances

If the Communications Section cannot contact the owner or the owner cannot respond officers will impound recovered vehicles originally reported stolen in Seattle only if:

If none of the above applies, officers may leave the vehicle legally parked with a business card left in the vehicle.

Officers may also release the vehicle to another person specified by the owner.

8. Officers Complete a Supplemental Report for Recovered SPD Stolens

If a vehicle is originally reported stolen in Seattle and it is recovered in Seattle, officers will use the original GO number for the recovery.

See 15.190-PRO-2 Officer Recovering a SPD Stolen Vehicle.

9. Impound Vehicles Stolen Outside the City and Complete a New General Offense Report

Immediately impound vehicles recovered in the city that were reported stolen outside the city. Obtain a new GO number for the Tow/Impound Record.

 

 

 

15.190-PRO-1 Officer Taking Report of Stolen Vehicle or Plates

Communications Section

1. Completes the Preliminary Vehicle Report, “Greenie”.

1a. If this is not done before the officer is dispatched, the officer will call in this information after step 5.

2. Dispatches officer to take the report.

Officer

3. Interviews complainant.

4a. If the case falls under 15.190-POL, Section 4, refers complainant to the Auto Theft Unit at 206-684-8940 or SPDAutoTheft@seattle.gov.

OR

4b. Completes the investigation (see 15.190-TSK-1 Officer Documenting a Stolen Vehicle)

If the complainant is referred to Auto Theft or the investigation dictates that the vehicle should not be listed as stolen, notifies Communications Section that the investigation is not a valid auto theft at this time.

5. Advises Radio that the officer has a “verified stolen” and whether or not the complainant requests impound.

6. Completes a supplemental report using the assigned case number on the call.

Communications Section

7. Faxes the Preliminary Vehicle Report to Data Center.

Data Center

8. Creates a GO report and scans the Preliminary Vehicle Report into the case file.

9. Enters the vehicle into WACIC/NCIC as stolen based on the information on the Preliminary Vehicle Report.

 

15.190-TSK-1 Officer Documenting a Stolen Vehicle

When documenting an auto theft investigation, the officer:

1. Conducts a field investigation concerning the facts of the stolen vehicle report.

2. Determines if the reporting party would like their vehicle impounded or not and whether or not they consent to officers performing a vehicle search upon recovery.

3. Advises complainant the vehicle may be impounded if it presents a hazard or is illegally parked upon recovery.

4. Gives a business card and case number to the complainant.

5. Writes a supplemental report using the GO number on the call.

 

15.190-PRO-2 Officer Recovering a Stolen Vehicle

Communications Section

1. Takes incoming report of recovery and obtains, at a minimum, the following information:

2. Verifies the vehicle as stolen and notifies Data Center to remove it from WACIC/NCIC as stolen.

3. Relays the verification to the responding officer.

4. Contacts the victim to have victim respond to the scene and reclaim the vehicle.

Officer

5. Conducts an inventory search and fingerprint search of the vehicle.

6a. If the vehicle is a SPD Stolen, Completes a supplemental report to the original GO number to document the condition of the vehicle and circumstances of the recovery.

            OR

6b. If the vehicle is an outside agency stolen, Completes a GO to document the condition of the vehicle and circumstances of the recovery.

7a. Impounds the vehicle in accordance with Seattle Police Manual Section 6.120 - Impounding Vehicles.

OR

7b. Releases the vehicle to an authorized person.

OR

7c. Leaves the vehicle parked with a business card attached.