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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

Seattle Police Manual

15.280 - DUI Investigations

Effective Date: 10/15/2014


Follow this link for the approved DUI packet

1. Officers Must Have a BAC Operator’s Permit

Sergeants and Officers assigned to Patrol, Traffic Section or other uniformed personnel duties will maintain a current BAC Operator’s Permit.

Only sworn personnel with a current BAC Operator’s Permit will perform a BAC Verifier test. See 15.280-PRO-1 Driver Arrested Breath Test

2. SPD Uses Approved Instrument(s) as the Primary BAC Verifier

Officers shall only use a Datamaster or other instrument(s) approved and serviced by the WSP Impaired Driving Program to determine the alcohol content level of a driver arrested for DUI/Physical Control.

3. Officers Have a Duty to Act

On-duty sworn personnel will take action on DUIs which come to their attention. If the action will compromise an ongoing investigation, then the sworn personnel will notify SPD Communications of the incident.

4. An On-Duty Lieutenant Must Approve Use of Outside Agencies For DUIs

Officers shall only request an outside agency to process a DUI when Department personnel are unavailable to respond to the report of a DUI due to an emergency.

5. Officers Shall Determine a DUI Arrestee’s Prior DUI Offense History

Officers will check both the driver’s DOL transcript and their NCIC III record. 

6. Officers Shall Book Into KCJ DUI Arrestees Who Have Prior DUI Convictions

A prior offense is a DUI, Physical Control or a deferred prosecution for either of the above crimes as shown on the DOL transcript or NCIC III criminal record within the past 10 years.

7. Repeat DUI Offenders Who Must be Hospitalized Must be Guarded

The arresting officer shall be responsible for coordinating a guard for their prisoner. See 11.030-Guarding Detainees at a Hospital.

8. Officers Will Impound the Vehicles of Offenders Arrested for DUI

See 6.120-Impounding Vehicles

9. Officers May Request a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) After Breath Test Results Under 0.08

If a person submits to a BAC test, and the results are 0.08 or less, and the driver’s level of impairment is inconsistent with a low BAC, call a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) through the Chief Dispatcher.

Nothing shall prevent an officer from obtaining a search warrant for blood from the arrested without the assistance of a DRE.

10. Officers May Seek a Search Warrant for Blood Evidence

Officers have the option of seeking a search warrant for the driver’s blood when any of the following circumstances occur:

Officers shall consider immediate circumstances when determining whether to pursue a blood warrant, including but not limited to:

See 6.185-Search Warrants for information on how to obtain a warrant.

11. Officers May Pursue a Warrantless Blood Draw Only When Exigent Circumstances Exist

The officer must articulate why the destruction of evidence was reasonably likely if time was taken to obtain a warrant.

The officer may consider such factors as:

See 15.280-PRO-2 Driver Arrested Blood Test

12. Officers Will Attempt to Contact a DUI Officer for Felony DUI Arrests

RCW 46.61.502 defines a felony DUI as:

The inability to contact a DUI officer shall not relieve the officer of duty for the complete investigation of the incident.

13. Only Qualified Persons May Administer a Blood Test

A physician, registered nurse, or qualified technician, in the presence of a police officer, will administer the blood test following the instructions provided in the "blood test kit”.

14. Officers Shall Narrate the DUI Investigation in the State DUI Packet

Do not copy the narrative to the back of a Notice of Infraction or Criminal Citation

Officers will document the stop/arrest, to include but not limited to:

Officers shall document the entity information (driver, vehicle, etc) and write “see DUI packet” in the narrative section of the General Offense Report.

15. Officers Will Use the State DUI Packet to Document the DUI/Physical Control Arrest

Officers shall supplement their narrative with the state approved packet:

State DUI packet

Paper copies of the packet shall also be kept with every Department BAC verifier.

16. Officers Shall Complete DOL Paperwork in Certain Cases

Officers will forward DOL paperwork to SPD Data as part of the DUI case when:

17. When a Driver is Cited and Released the Officer will Assign a Court Appearance Date

See 15.280-TSK-4 Officer Task-Court Appearance Dates

Exception: Officers will not complete the Court appearance information when:

18. Officers will Complete and Distribute Required Paperwork and Alert Packets Prior to Completing Their Shift

A sergeant may approve a time extension.

19. Officers Shall Call CPS in Certain DUI Investigations

When a driver is arrested for DUI/Physical Control and there is a child under the age of 16 in the vehicle and the vehicle is driven by that child’s parent, guardian, legal custodian, sibling or half-sibling, RCW 46.61.507 requires law enforcement to contact Child Protective Services.

20. Officers Shall MIR DUI Investigations With an "Adam" to Clear the Incident as an Arrest

Whether the offender is booked into KCJ or released after processing, DUI investigations meet the definition of arrest outlined in SPD Manual Section 6.010.

Officers shall clear DUI investigations with an “Adam” to appropriately capture the incident as an arrest.


15.280-PRO-1 Driver arrested for DUI/Physical Control-Breath Test


1. Completes the DUI investigation and paper work following 15.280-TSK-1 Officer Task-Breath Test.

a. If the driver refuses the breath test, then follow the steps in 15.280-TSK-1 Officer Task-Breath Test.

2. Notifies the Sergeant of the DUI arrest.


3. Screens the arrest and approves all paperwork.



15.280-TSK-1 Officer Task-Breath Test

When conducting a breath test on a DUI driver, an officer:

1. Gives Miranda warnings to the in-custody driver.

2. Reads the driver the “Implied Consent Warnings for Breath” form.

3. Completes the Implied Consent Warning form.

a. If driver consents to test but refuses to sign writes “Refused to Sign” on the form.

4. Checks the driver’s mouth for foreign material.

a. Has the driver remove any found foreign material.

5. Requests the driver to remove any jewelry or piercings from the mouth or tongue prior to the BAC test.

a. If the driver cannot remove the items from their mouth then:

Refer to TSK-2 Officer Task-Blood Test

6. Begins the 15 minute observation period.

a. If the driver eats, drinks, smokes or vomits, then restarts the 15 minute observation time.

b. If driver cannot stop vomiting or heaving, then:

Refer to TSK-2 Officer Task-Blood Test

7. Begins the BAC Verifier test once the 15 minute observation time has passed.

8. Proceeds with the BAC Verifier test based on current training.

a. If the driver refuses to take the breath test, then presses ‘Y’ and process the document when the BAC Verifier prompts, “Subject Refuse Y/N?”



15.280-PRO-2 Driver arrested for DUI/Physical Control-Blood Test


1. Completes the DUI investigation and paper work following 15.280-TSK-2 Officer Task-Blood Test.

2. Notifies the Sergeant of the DUI arrest.


3. Screens the arrest and approves all paperwork.


4. Sends a copy of all paperwork to the Traffic Collision Investigations Squad (TCIS) in an Alert packet.


5. Processes the Alert Packet and forwards to TCIS for follow-up investigation


6. Conducts follow-up investigation and receives the results of the blood test at a later date.

7. Forwards a copy of the blood results to the arresting officer.


8. Receives the blood results and Sends the required paperwork to Data Center. 15.280-TSK-3 Officer Task-Reporting.




15.280-TSK-2 Officer Task-Blood Test

When conducting a blood draw during a DUI investigation, an officer:

1. Gives Miranda warnings to the in-custody driver.

2. Obtains a search warrant for blood.

3. Completes the blood draw using the instructions in the Blood Kit.

4. Completes the Washington State Toxicology Laboratory form.

5. Submits the Blood Kit samples to the Evidence Unit with a copy of the Washington State Toxicology Laboratory form.

6. Submits the original Washington State Toxicology Laboratory form to the Data Center in the DUI Alert Packet.


15.280-TSK-3 Officer Task-Reporting

When compiling paperwork during a DUI investigation, an officer:

1. Completes a packet for all DUI arrests that contains:

State DUI packet

DUI citation (Do not complete a DUI citation for Felony DUI cases).

Notice of Infraction for any moving violations.

Officer statement if the arrest is handing off to another officer for processing.

Other Reports, warrants, or supporting documents.

2. Forwards the packet to Data Center via department mail.



15.280-TSK-4 Officer Task-Court Appearance Date

When assigning an out of custody DUI driver with a court date, an Officer:

1. Completes the criminal citation and lists the appearance date, location and time in the appropriate section as follows:




Day Cited

Court Date

Court Location


following Thursday

1000 hrs in SMC Room #1002


following Thursday

1000 hrs in SMC Room #1002


following Saturday

0900 hrs in KCJ Courtroom #2


following Saturday

0900 hrs in KCJ Courtroom #2


following Tuesday

1000 hrs in SMC Room #1002


following Wednesday

1000 hrs in SMC Room #1002


following Thursday

1000 hrs in SMC Room #1002


If the court date falls on a legal holiday, then refer to the Special Orders published prior to the holiday.


2. Issues the violator their copy of the Criminal Citation prior to releasing them from custody.