Working for a safe, affordable, vibrant, innovative, and interconnected city.
Learn More
Seattle.gov Home Page
Seattle.gov This Department
Seattle Police Department - Home Page

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 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

15.270-Trespass Warning Program

Effective Date: 8/15/2012

15.270-POL

This policy applies when an officer enforces the criminal trespass law through the Trespass Warning Program.

1. The Trespass Warning Program Does Not Replace Law

Officers may arrest for violations of SMC 12A.08.040 (Criminal Trespass) on private property regardless of the existence of a trespass warning agreement between the Department and the proprietor.

2. Defining Relevant Terms

For the purposes of this policy the following definitions apply:

  • Trespass Warning Program – The system that allows SPD officers to proactively issue behavior-based Trespass Warnings. The program’s three components are the Trespass Warning & Enforcement Authorization, the “Conditions of Entry” signage, and the Trespass Warning.

  • Proprietor – The term proprietor includes the owner or operator of a business or property and anyone delegated the authority to revoke an individual’s permission to enter or remain on the property.

  • Admonishment – The admonishment is initiated by the proprietor. It revokes the permission for a specific individual to enter onto or remain on the property for any purpose. A proprietor may ask for SPD assistance in delivering the admonishment, but it is still initiated by the proprietor and not the officer.

  • Trespass Warning – A Trespass Warning (Form 5.34.1) is issued by SPD officers pursuant to a Trespass Warning & Enforcement Authorization. The warning is based on the behavior of the person being warned.

3. Businesses Must Sign Up for the Program Individually

To enter the program, each individual business must complete and sign a Trespass Warning & Enforcement Authorization. Captains will designate representatives to manage the Trespass Warning Program for their precinct. See 15.270-PRO-1

Each authorization will apply to the single listed address. The Department will not complete group trespass authorizations.

4. Common Areas are Covered Under Separate Authorizations

On properties that have multiple businesses, such as strip malls, the individual business authorization may not include the common areas of the property, such as parking lots. The property owner may cover those areas in a separate trespass authorization.

Conversely, the property owner may not restrict persons from visiting individual businesses on the property under the authorization covering the common areas.

5. Businesses Must Display “Conditions of Entry” Signs

It is the proprietor’s responsibility to obtain and conspicuously display the required “Conditions of Entry” signs. The signs must conform in format and language as shown on the City’s website.

The manner of display is covered in the signed authorization. Officers have the discretion to determine if the proprietor has displayed the signs in a manner that meets those requirements.

6. Officers May Proactively Issue Written Warnings Under the Trespass Warning Program

Officers may initiate contact and issue a Trespass Warning for conduct occurring on private property. See 15.270-PRO-3

All of the following must be present:

  • A person is on private property that has a current Trespass Warning & Enforcement Authorization on file, and

  • Conditions of Entry signs are posted, and

  • The person is engaged in behavior prohibited by the posted signs.

7. Officers May Arrest Based on Previous Trespass Warnings

Officers may initiate contact and arrest a person for criminal trespass under the Trespass Warning Program if all of following requirements are met:

  • The person is on a property that has a current Trespass Warning & Enforcement Authorization in RMS, and

  • The person is engaged in prohibited behavior, and

  • The person has been given a Trespass Warning so that a (TW) flag appears in RMS for that individual for that location.

8. Proprietors May Revoke Authorizations or Individual Warnings

The proprietor may revoke the entire Authorization or any individual Trespass Warning at any time and for any reason. The proprietor may do so by providing notice to SPD through the email address provided, by mail, or in person.

See 15.270-PRO-2

Under the program, the proprietor may also instruct SPD not to issue a Trespass Warning to an individual.

 

15.270-PRO-1 Setting Up the Trespass Warning & Enforcement Authorization

Proprietor

1. Contacts the Department in person or using the following email addresses to sign a Trespass Warning & Enforcement Authorization (form 5.34).

NPrecinctTrespassProgram@seattle.gov

WPrecinctTrespassProgram@seattle.gov

SPrecinctTrespassProgram@seattle.gov

SWPrecinctTrespassProgram@seattle.gov

EPrecinctTrespassProgram@seattle.gov

SPD Representative

2. Gives a copy of the authorization to the proprietor with precinct contact information.

3. Explains the enforcement process to the proprietor.

4. Explains the process for revoking the authorization and individual trespass warnings. See 15.270-PRO-2

Proprietor

5. Obtains “Conditions of Entry” sign(s) that must be conspicuously posted on the property.

Precinct Operations Administrative Specialist

6. Files the Trespass Warning & Enforcement Authorization at the precinct.

7. Forwards the authorization to Data Center.

8. Enters the information into RMS creating a trespass (TC) flag for the property.

 

15.270-PRO-2 Revoking the Trespass Authorization or Individual Warnings

Proprietor

1. Contacts the precinct by email, mail, or in person, and informs them of the desire to remove the entire authorization or an individual Trespass Warning.

SPD Representative

2. Verifies by email or written documentation that the proprietor wants the authorization or individual warning revoked.

3. If an entire trespass agreement is revoked, coordinates with precinct command to notify the precinct officers of the change.

4. Arranges for the request to be sent to Data Cener.

Data Center

5. Updates RMS by removing the flag from the address.

 

15.270-PRO-3 Issuing a Trespass Warning Per the Trespass Warning Program

Officer

1. Observes a subject violating conditions of entry on a property participating in the Trespass Warning Program.

2. Contacts the individual to explain the prohibited behavior and point out the posted sign.

3. Completes a Trespass Warning (form 5.34.1).

4. Gives a copy of the warning to the subject.

5. Submits the warning to sergeant for review.

Sergeant

6. Reviews the Trespass Warning.

7. Delivers the warning to the precinct operations administrative specialist.

Precinct Operations Administrative Specialist

8. Enters the person’s name into RMS with a Trespass Warning flag (TW).

9. Files the Trespass Warning.

 

15.270-TSK-1 Processing the Criminal Trespass Arrest for a Previous Warning

When an officer makes an arrest under the Trespass Warning Program based on a previous Trespass Warning, the officer:

1. Locates the original Trespass Warning (form 5.34.1) at the precinct.

2. Writes the GO number of the arrest on the original Trespass Warning

3. Sends a copy of the original to Data for scanning and attaching onto the GO report.

4. Enters the original Trespass Warning into evidence under the GO number for the arrest.

5. Completes a new Trespass Warning for the individual.

See 15.270-PRO-3

6. Includes the complainant’s information as listed on the Trespass Warning Agreement & Enforcement Authorization on the GO.

7. Lists the officer who issued the original Trespass Warning as the secondary officer in the GO.