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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: 9/17/2014

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

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

15.180 - 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 Seizures

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

16.090 – In-Car Video System

Effective Date:  11/21/2012

16.090-POL-1 Using the In-Car Video System

This policy applies to all sworn employees who operate vehicles with In-Car Video (ICV) systems (including Patrol, Traffic, Gang Unit, Canine, SWAT, etc.).

1.   All Sworn Employees Operating ICV-Equipped Vehicles Must Be Trained

This includes officers, detectives, sergeants, and lieutenants who operate vehicles equipped with ICV systems.

2.   All Sworn Employees Operating ICV-Equipped Vehicles Must Be In Uniform and Wear a Portable Microphone -See RCW 9.73.090(1)(c)

Exception: Field Training Officers in plainclothes need not wear a portable microphone.

3.   Employees Will Perform a System Check -See 16.090-TSK-1 and TSK-2

At the start of a shift, employees will check to ensure that the ICV is working properly.  If at any point during the shift the system malfunctions

  • Notify a sergeant, and
  • Note on the MDC/CAD log

4.   Employees Will Record Enforcement-Related Activity Which Occurs Within Camera Range

Employees will activate the ICV to record enforcement-related activity, unless doing so would jeopardize officer or public safety.

Enforcement-related activity includes (but is not limited to) the following:

  • Traffic stops

  • Terry stops

  • Vehicle eluding/pursuits

  • Vehicle searches

  • Emergency responses

  • Onview criminal activity

  • Arrests

  • Prisoner transports

    • Rotate the camera to record the prisoner

5.   Employees Shall Notify Persons of Recording

Employees shall notify others that they are being recorded as soon as practical.

6.   Employees Shall Not Intentionally Record Persons Who Are Lawfully Exercising a Constitutional Right or Civil Liberty

Particular attention should be paid to SMC 14.12.010, 14.12.020.A, and 14.12.030.K, which prohibit employees from intentionally recording people who are lawfully exercising their freedom of speech, press, association, assembly, religion, or the right to petition the government for redress of grievances.

Exception: Employees may record if there is reasonable suspicion to believe that criminal activity has occurred or will occur (SMC 14.12.010).

Exception: Protected activity which is unintentionally captured while enforcement-related activity is being recorded is not a violation of this policy (SMC 14.12.080).

7.   Video and Audio Must Operate at the Same Time

The audio recording must operate simultaneously with the video camera when the ICV system has been activated to record an event, even if the event itself is no longer within view of the camera.

Certain conversations need not be recorded:

  • Conversations with Confidential Informants, and
  • Conferring with fellow employees or sergeants for strategic or tactical purposes, or personal conversations

8.   Once Activated, Officers Shall Not Deactivate the ICV System Until the Event Has Concluded

9.   Employees Will Document That an Event Was Recorded

To document that an event has been captured on an ICV system, employees will do the following:

  • Note that the event was recorded in an update on the MDC, and
  •  If an employee completes a GO report, Street Check, Notice of Infraction, criminal citation, and/or Traffic Contact Report (TCR), note in the report that the event was recorded by the ICV system.
Employees who are not logged to a call or event but capture video of the event will log to the call and note that the event was recorded in an update on the MDC.

10. Employees Shall Flag Videos of Certain Events

If any of the following events are captured on an employee’s ICV system, the employee shall flag the video:

11. Employees Shall Upload Recorded Video Before Going Out of Service

If the upload is not completed before the end of shift, employees will notify a sergeant.

16.090-POL-2 Reviewing In-Car Video

This policy applies to all employees—non-sworn and sworn—who review in-car video (ICV).

1.   Recorded Video May Be Viewed For Appropriate Purposes Only

Video recorded by an ICV system may be viewed for the following purposes:

2.   Users Shall Note the Purpose for Viewing Video in the “Notes” Field (Located Under the “Data Entry” Icon) in the COBAN Viewer Application

The system automatically logs the identity of the user who accesses a particular video, as well as the date and time of access.  The user must manually enter the purpose for viewing the video in the “Notes” field.

3.   Recorded Video Shall Not Be Used for Training Purposes Without Permission of the Involved Employee

4.   Employees Shall Not Make Copies of Recorded Video for Personal Use

 

16.090-TSK-1 Operating the In-Car Video System
When operating a vehicle equipped with an In-Car Video (ICV) system, an employee:

1.     Checks the system to ensure it is functioning properly

2.     Notifies sergeant of malfunctions -See 16.090-TSK-2

a.     Moves to a vehicle with a functioning ICV system, if one is available.  If not,

b.     With a sergeant's permission, uses a vehicle without a functioning ICV system and notes on the MDC/CAD log that the ICV system is not functioning and the name of the screening sergeant

3.     Synchronizes the microphone with the system

4.     Positions camera to capture the event

5.     Records activity as specified by 16.090-POL

6.     Documents that an event was recorded

7.     Flags video as specified by 16.090-POL

8.     Uploads video prior to going out of service

a.     Notifies sergeant if upload not completed

 

16.090-TSK-2 Responding to a Malfunction of the In-Car Video System
After receiving a report that an In-Car Video (ICV) system has malfunctioned, a sergeant:

1.     Arranges for the affected employee to switch to a vehicle with a functioning ICV system, if one is available.

a.     If there are no vehicles with a functioning ICV system, approves the employee’s use of a vehicle without a functioning ICV system.

2.     Flags the vehicle with the malfunctioning ICV system as “out-of-service”.

3.     Requests repair of the malfunctioning system by SPD ITS.