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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

16.030 – Citizen Rider Program

Effective Date: 11/15/2007


The Seattle Police Department sees the value in letting citizens observe the daily operation of patrol. To that effect the Department operates a program by which a citizen, after meeting the listed requirements, may accompany an officer during an assigned shift. The goal of this program is to provide the citizen with an informative and safe experience.

I. General

A. All requests for ridealongs must be made through the affected precinct. Other units may not arrange ridealongs for a precinct. If a unit would like a citizen to go for a ridealong, they will contact the appropriate Watch Lieutenant and make arrangements for the citizen to respond to the precinct and begin the process.

B. Group bookings such as university classes will be at the discretion of the Precinct Captain. Group ridealongs may be distributed equally throughout the Department so that one precinct is not overwhelmed by numerous requests at one time.

C. The maximum number of citizen riders per watch will be two.

D. If unforeseen staffing problems occur on the date of a scheduled ridealong it will be the Watch Lieutenants decision whether to allow the ridealong to occur or be rescheduled.

E. Ridealongs with Specialty Units will follow this procedure and will be at the discretion of the Unit Lieutenant.

F. It is prohibited for a citizen rider or a member of the media on a ridealong to accompany Department personnel in the service of a search warrant.

G. A citizen may not request a ridealong date that is less than three days out from the time the request was submitted to the clerk. If it is convenient for the watch, the Watch Lieutenant may schedule the ridealong sooner than the required 3 days.

H. There are two versions of the Citizen Observer Ride Request and Waiver (form 7.11 & 7.11b), an adult and juvenile version. The adult version is used for persons 18 years and older and the Juvenile version is used for persons 16-17 years old.

I. If the citizen cannot be contacted to arrange for a ridealong after three attempts, the Watch Lieutenant will return the Citizen Observer Ride Request and Waiver to the Desk Officer. The form will be filed. The citizen will have to reinitiate the ridealong process if they cannot be contacted after three attempts.

J. Each precinct will be responsible for maintaining a file containing the completed Citizen Observer Ride Request and Waiver. This file will be maintained for three years plus the current year.

K. If an officer identifies a citizen rider who should be disqualified from future ridealongs, this information will be documented on a Memorandum and submitted to their Watch Lieutenant along with the completed Citizen Observer Ride Request and Waiver. The Watch Lieutenant will determine whether future requests of the citizen should be denied and then return the memo and waiver form to the precinct Desk Officer. The Desk Officer will make copies of the memo and waiver form and send each of the other precincts the information.

L. Each precinct will maintain a file that contains Citizen Observer Ride Request and Waiver of those individuals who have been disqualified from participating in further ridealongs.

II. Citizen Requirements

A. Age

1. No person under the age of 18 years will be allowed to participate in the ridealong program, except under the following conditions:

a. A person age 16-17 years old may go on a ridealong if they:

(1) Have permission from their parent/guardian as indicated on the Juvenile Citizen Observer Ride Request and Waiver. The parent/guardian must provide the reason or justification for the request, e.g. interested in the Explorer Program or doing a project for school.

(2) The ridealong must be approved by the Precinct Captain. The Precinct Captain must contact the juvenile’s parents and explain to them that the nature of police work may expose their child to scenes of violence, obscene language, nudity, adult situations and other situations that may not be appropriate for a child to witness.

(3) The Precinct Captain may deny any juvenile ridealong request.

B. Criminal History

1. An adult seeking to go on a citizen ridealong, or the parent/guardian of a minor child seeking to go on a citizen ridealong, will first be asked to read and sign the waiver of liability and completely fill out the ‘Rider Information’ portion of the Citizen Observer Ride Request and Waiver. This must be done in person at the precinct where the ridealong is to take place. The citizen will then present the signed form with the Rider Information filled out and picture identification to the Duty Officer (Clerk).

2. The Clerk will complete a warrant check on the citizen and a NCIC III criminal history check (record this in the III log book under purpose code ‘C’).

3. If the person has an outstanding warrant, inform a sergeant and take appropriate action.

4. If the person has a criminal history it is at the discretion of the Watch Lieutenant, based upon the circumstances, history and other factors of the charge, whether the person will be allowed to go on a ridealong. A record of violent crimes or crimes against government order shall disqualify a person from riding with an officer. The officer taking the citizen for a ridealong should be informed of any criminal history discovered and may refuse to take the citizen rider if they feel it compromises officer safety.

5. The Clerk will check the file to determine if the citizen has been disqualified from going on ridealongs.

C. Conduct

1. Citizen riders will not be allowed to go on a ridealong if it appears they are impaired by drugs or alcohol.

2. An officer may not take anyone with whom they have a significant domestic relationship. This includes a spouse, domestic partner, and any children.

3. A citizen rider may not wear any part of a police uniform.

4. A citizen rider is not allowed to carry a weapon or firearm.

5. Citizen riders will not attend roll call and will wear a visible ‘Visitor’ identification badge during the ridealong and while in a police facility.

6. If the officer observes the citizen behaving in a way that distracts or endangers the officer, the public or the citizen, the officer may terminate the ridealong. The officer will document the incident on the Citizen Observer Ride Request and Waiver and inform their sergeant.

7. Citizens should be encouraged to bring a cell phone with them on the ridealong.

D. Number of ridealongs allowed

1. A citizen may go on one ridealong a year at each of the precincts. .

E. Citizen Feed back

1. The citizen will be asked to complete a ridealong feedback survey. The Watch Lieutenant will review and retain the survey for three years.

III. Desk Officer (Clerk) Responsibility

A. The Desk Officer (Clerk) will usually be the first contact point a citizen has with the citizen rider program.

B. When a citizen requests to go on a police ridealong the Clerk will provide them with a copy of the Citizen Observer Ride Request and Waiver with directions to read the instructions and waiver carefully. If the citizen feels they qualify for a ridealong the Clerk will instruct the person to sign the waiver and complete the ‘Rider Information’ part of the form and produce picture identification.

C. The Clerk will verify that the form is completely filled out and signed and that the photo identification is valid.

D. The Clerk will complete a warrant check and NCIC III inquiry.

E. The Clerk will check the precinct’s citizen rider file to determine if a year has passed since the citizen’s last ridealong and will also determine if the person has been disqualified from riding with the Seattle Police Department.

F. The Clerk will note any criminal history for the citizen on a copy of the warrant check and then attach the warrant check to the Citizen Observer Ride Request and Waiver with a photocopy of the citizen’s ID. The packet will then be forwarded to the affected Watch Lieutenant.

G. At the completion of the citizen ridealong the Clerk will file the Citizen Observer Ride Request and Waiver at the precinct. The Clerk may periodically go through this file and purge ride requests that are older than four years.

IV. Watch Lieutenant Responsibility

A. Review all Citizen rider requests submitted by the Clerk as soon as possible. The citizen making the request must be contacted within 3 days of making the request.

B. Determine if the form has been completely filled out and all the necessary information is provided.

C. Determine if the request requires Precinct Captain approval.

D. Contact the citizen and arrange the date and time of their scheduled ridealong. Make three attempts to contact the citizen and document the attempts on the Citizen Observer Ride Request and Waiver. If the citizen cannot be contacted, return the form to the Clerk to be filed.

E. Assign the rider to a squad and forward the Citizen Observer Ride Request and Waiver to the appropriate Sergeant.

F. The Watch Lieutenant will ensure that any documentation or reports generated during the ridealong reflect that a citizen rider accompanied the officer. The citizen rider should be listed as a witness or otherwise denoted as merely present.

V. Sergeant Responsibility

A. Assign an officer to take the citizen rider for the determined date and time.

B. Give the Citizen Observer Ride Request and Waiver to the assigned officer.

VI. Assigned Officer’s Responsibility

A. The assigned officer will review the Citizen Observer Ride Request and Waiver and contact the citizen in the precinct as soon as practical.

B. The officer may end the ridealong if the rider’s presence prevents the delivery of police services.

C. The officer will not engage in vehicle pursuits or emergency driving while a citizen is in their patrol vehicle. If it becomes necessary to drop off the citizen rider in an emergency situation, the officer will try to leave the citizen in a public place near a pay phone and inform radio so that the citizen may be picked up as soon as possible once the emergency is under control and resources allow. In the case that the rider is a minor child the officer may not be able to drop off the child safely and will not be able to engage in required police activity.

D. At the end of the ridealong the Officer will ask the citizen to complete a feedback form and return it to the clerk.

E. If an incident occurred during the citizen ridealong where the citizen may be asked to be a witness, the incident will be screened with the Watch Lieutenant and fully documented.

F. The officer will turn the completed Citizen Observer Ride Request and Waiver with copies of any documentation in to the Clerk at the end of the ridealong.