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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 - 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 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

16.100 - 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

15.215 – Domestic Violence Firearms

Effective Date: 11/19/2007


With the potential for violence in domestic relationships, courts may order parties involved in criminal or civil domestic violence cases to surrender firearms to local law enforcement officers. At the scene of a domestic violence call, officers may encounter consenting parties requesting, for personal safety reasons, to surrender non-evidentiary firearms. Officers may also confront circumstances at the scene of a domestic violence call where, in the officers’ judgment, removal of firearms is warranted in the interests of public safety. The following policy addresses the procedures in accepting and storing these firearms.


In light of the Department’s Mission Statement to “prevent crime…and support quality public safety,” officers are to take custody of domestic violence surrendered firearms and place them into the SPD Evidence Unit. This policy applies to firearms (not other weapons) surrendered by parties involved in SPD misdemeanor or felony domestic violence investigations and firearms forfeited or surrendered by court order. Evidentiary and loaded firearms are to be handled per Department firearms evidentiary procedures.

I. Definitions

A. Consenting party – a party involved in an SPD domestic violence incident who resides at the dwelling or works at the premises, and has dominion and control over areas in which domestic violence surrendered firearms are located. When two or more such parties are present at the scene, all such parties should provide consent for officers to accept voluntarily surrendered domestic violence firearms (State v. Leach 1989).

B. Domestic Violence Surrendered Firearms – Firearms that are voluntarily surrendered by a party involved in an SPD domestic violence investigation and are not known to be evidence of a crime, firearms removed in the interests of public safety, and domestic violence firearms that are surrendered or forfeited per court order.

C. Evidentiary Firearms – Firearms that are evidence of a crime and may be required for future criminal prosecution.

D. Non-evidentiary firearms – A domestic violence surrendered firearm that has no value as evidence. It appears to be legal to possess and ownership of the firearm is established.

II. Court Orders

Courts may order parties who were involved in domestic violence incidents to forfeit or surrender their firearms. Parties who are ordered by a court to forfeit or surrender domestic violence firearms will receive written instructions from the court informing the parties how to schedule an appointment with the SPD Evidence Unit to arrange the transfer. Parties with these court orders, who attempt to transfer domestic violence firearms at any other SPD facility, are to be directed to the SPD Evidence Unit. The following addresses the forfeiture or surrender of domestic violence firearms by civil order:

A. Municipal Court Civil Orders.

1. The SPD Evidence Unit will accept domestic violence surrendered firearms pursuant to civil orders only when issued by Seattle Municipal Court.

B. Superior Court Civil Orders

1. The SPD Evidence Unit does not accept domestic violence surrendered firearms pursuant to Superior Court civil orders. Concerned parties are to be directed to the law enforcement agency with jurisdictional authority.

III. Patrol Officer

A. Patrol officers may be dispatched specifically to domestic violence surrendered firearm calls or be requested at a domestic violence scene to accept such firearms by a party involved in the investigation. In these cases, patrol officers shall perform the following:

1. Accept the domestic violence surrendered firearms when involving an SPD misdemeanor or felony domestic violence investigation. If the firearms are involved in a non-SPD investigation, direct the party to the law enforcement agency with jurisdictional authority.

2. Draw a General Offense Number, write a General Offense Report listing “Gun-Surrender-DV” in the Offenses block, and complete a Property Report. If a related General Offense Report for a domestic violence offense is taken at the scene, “Gun-Surrender-DV,”may be added as an additional offense and a separate General Offense Report will not be written.

3. Complete a Property Report listing only the firearm(s). Print and mail it to the party surrendering the firearm(s) as a receipt before the completion of shift.

4. Ensure the firearms are entered into the Evidence Unit prior to the completion of shift.

B. Patrol officers responding to a domestic violence call may also confront circumstances at the scene that, in the officers’ judgment, warrant removal of firearm(s) from the premises. Such circumstances may include the parties’ demeanors, criminal history, or past use of firearms, or the illegal status of firearms based on their nature, possession or use. In these cases, patrol officers shall take the following actions:

1. Contact a patrol sergeant and relay the circumstances and factors that appear to warrant removal of firearms.

2. With sergeant approval, take custody of the firearm(s).

3. Draw a General Offense Number, write a General Offense Report listing “Gun-Surrender-DV” in the Offenses block and complete a Property Report. If a related General Offense Report for a domestic violence offense is taken at the scene, “Gun-Surrender-DV” may be added as an additional offense and a separate General Offense Report will not be written.

4. Complete a Property Report listing only the firearm(s). Print and mail it to the party surrendering the firearm(s) as a receipt before the completion of shift.

5. Ensure the firearms are entered into the Evidence Unit prior to the completion of shift.

IV. Patrol Sergeants

A. Patrol sergeants may contact Domestic Violence Sergeants on a 24-hour a day basis regarding this policy, either during office hours or via Communications during non-business hours.

B. When contacted, consult with patrol officers at domestic violence calls about non-evidentiary firearms at those scenes and the circumstances that may warrant their removal in the interests of public safety.

V. Evidence Unit Duties

A. Receive and store all domestic violence firearms pursuant to an SPD domestic violence investigation when:

1. Surrendered by a party to an SPD officer or removed from a domestic violence scene in the interests of public safety.

2. Surrendered or forfeited pursuant to a criminal court order.

3. Surrendered or forfeited pursuant to a Municipal Court civil order.

4. Having evidentiary value.

B. Route copies of all General Offense Reports or Supplemental Reports involving domestic violence (surrendered and forfeited) firearms to the Domestic Violence Unit. For court ordered surrendered or forfeited domestic violence firearms, print the Property Reports and fax them to the appropriate prosecutor or city attorney designee.

C. Complete Record Check for Firearm Release.

VI. Domestic Violence Unit Duties

A. Receive copies of Municipal and Superior Court orders related to the surrender, forfeiture, or release of domestic violence firearms from the concerned prosecutors. The Domestic Violence Unit will forward copies of these court orders to the Evidence Unit.

B. Conduct criminal history background checks on the parties to whom the firearms may be released. Verify the claimants to the domestic violence firearms are authorized to possess and receive the firearms.

C. Authorize the disposition (or release) of domestic violence firearms that are no longer required for investigative or prosecutorial purposes. The Domestic Violence Unit will send facsimiles and standard copies of dispositions to the Evidence Unit.