General Policy Information
Latest Revision Date: 5/15/2013
Title 1 - Department Structure and Function
Title 2 - Department Employment
Title 3 - Employee Welfare
Title 4 - Timekeeping
Title 5 - Employee Conduct
Title 6 - Arrests, Search and Seizure
Title 7 - Evidence and Property
Title 8 - Use of Force
Title 9 - Equipment and Uniforms
Title 10 - Police Facilities & Security
Title 11 - Detainee Management
Title 12 - Department Information Systems
Title 13 - Vehicle Operations
Title 14 - Emergency Operations
Title 15 - Primary Investigation
15.210 - Investigating Property Held by a Pawnshop or Used-Goods Store
Title 16 - Patrol Operations
Effective Date: 2/11/2011
A. Officers Authority: Any police officer may close freeways, streets, alleys and bridges when, in their judgment, such action is warranted by emergency conditions.
B. Communications Section: The Communications Section shall be immediately informed of the closure and the expected duration of the closure. Communications shall make all necessary notifications (Media, Duty Captain, Metro, SDOT, WSDOT, WSP, SFD, etc.) in accordance with Communications Section policy.
C. Sergeant Notification: When an officer determines that a freeway, arterial or bridge requires full or partial closure, a sergeant will be notified and will respond to the scene as soon as possible.
1. Sergeant's Assessment: The Sergeant is responsible for assessing the situation to assure that sufficient resources are available to address the traffic impacts and that proper notifications are made to other impacted jurisdictions or agencies. (Considerations for this assessment are found in the Guidance section below.)
2. Sergeant – Remaining at the Scene: The Sergeant should remain at the scene as necessary to provide the support described in C1 above. However, if the Sergeant determines that sufficient resources are available and the situation is within the reasonable span of control of the primary officer, the Sergeant may clear the scene leaving the primary officer in charge of the scene.
3. Watch Lieutenant Advisement: If the closure will cause a traffic impact that is lengthy, will require significant resources to address, and/or that significantly impacts other jurisdictions the Sergeant should advise a Watch Lieutenant. The need for advisement of a Watch Lieutenant is not intended to stop the Sergeant from requesting necessary resources or making necessary notifications directly through communications.
D. Watch Lieutenants: If advised of a significant street closure, the Watch Lieutenant may accept the notification as advisement only, support the incident by coordinating with other agencies and Department units as necessary, or may respond to the scene at their discretion.
E. Traffic Section Support: When available, officers from the Traffic, Motorcycle and/or Parking Enforcement Units should be requested to relieve all patrol officers assigned to traffic control posts surrounding the traffic closure. If needed, a traffic Sergeant shall respond to the Command Post coordinate this effort.
F. Closures by the Washington State Patrol: In the event a state road within the city limits of Seattle is closed by the WSP, Seattle officers will proceed to the closure point, if possible, and assist as necessary.
A. All notifications and requests for additional resources will be made in accordance with standard communications procedures.