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Latest Revision Date: 12/1/2014

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 - 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

16.110 – Crisis Intervention


Effective Date:  10/28/2014


16.110-POL-1  Crisis Intervention Committee (CIC)

16.110-POL-2  CIT Coordinator

16.110-POL-3  CIT-Certified Officers

16.110-POL-4  Crisis Response Team (CRT)

16.110-POL-5  Responding to Subjects in Behavioral Crisis


16.110 – POL


This policy applies to the Department’s response to subjects in behavioral crisis.  This includes people diagnosed with mental illness, as well as people suffering from substance abuse and personal crises.  (For fuller definition, see 16.110-POL-5.9.) The Seattle Police Department recognizes the need to bring community resources together for the purpose of safety and to assist and resolve behavioral crisis issues.  The Department further recognizes that many people suffer crises, and that only a small percentage has committed crimes or qualifies for an involuntary evaluation.  Persons suffering crises will be treated with dignity and will be given access to the same law enforcement, government and community service provided to all citizens. 


Seattle Police officers are instructed to consider the crises that subjects may be experiencing during all encounters.  Officers must recognize that subjects may require law enforcement assistance and access to community mental health and substance abuse resources.  The ideal resolution for a crisis incident is that the subject is connected with resources that can provide long-term stabilizing support. 


Officers are trusted to use their best judgment during behavioral crisis incidents, and the Department recognizes that individual officers will apply their unique set of education, training and experience when handling crisis intervention.  The Department acknowledges that officers are not mental health professionals.  Officers are not expected to diagnose a subject with a mental illness, nor are they expected to counsel a distraught subject into composure.  When officers need to engage with a subject in behavioral crisis, the Department’s expectation is that they will attempt to de-escalate the situation, when feasible and reasonable.  The purpose of de-escalation is to provide the opportunity to refer the subject to the appropriate services.  This expectation does not restrict an officer’s discretion to make an arrest when probable cause exists, nor are officers expected to attempt de-escalation when faced with an imminent safety risk that requires immediate response.  An officer’s use of de-escalation as a reasonable alternative will be judged by the standard of objective reasonableness, from the perspective of a reasonable officer’s perceptions at the time of the incident.   


The intent of this policy is to provide all officers with resources to deal with subjects who are in behavioral crisis.  The CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) program has three distinct components:  officers who have undergone basic CIT training; officers who have undergone advanced CIT training (hereafter referred to as “CIT-Certified officers”); and a squad of officers, the Crisis Response Team (CRT), dedicated to following-up on criminal investigations where mental illness is suspected, crisis events, and people who have been identified as being a risk to themselves or others.  CRT and CIT-Certified officers are available as a resource, and officers shall make every reasonable effort to request their assistance as appropriate.  As described below, communications will be trained to and will dispatch at least one CIT-Certified officer to each call that appears to involve a subject in behavioral crisis and CIT-Certified officers will take primary at the scene of crisis events.  After the event has been stabilized, the CRT will engage follow-up. 



16.110-POL-1  Crisis Intervention Committee (CIC)


1.  CIC is a Community and Regional Partnership


The purpose of the CIC is to build an effective regional crisis incident response built upon best practices, innovation and experience.  The CIC works in cooperation with the Department to make sure that crisis intervention training and policies are consistent with legal standards, best practices and community expectations.  The intent is to include representatives of entities that can assist the Department in achieving the purpose of the CIC.  These entities will come from several categories: city and county government (including law enforcement agencies and line patrol officers), mental health professionals and advocates, academia, and others deemed appropriate.     


2.  CIC Works Collaboratively With the Department to Advise on Crisis Intervention Training and Policies

The CIC has five specific tasks:



16.110-POL-2  CIT Coordinator


1.  CIT Coordinator Oversees the CIT Program, to Include the CRT Unit

The CIT Coordinator, appointed by the Chief, provides command-level oversight for the CRT Program, both the CIT Unit and the CIT-Certified officers.  The CIT Coordinator serves many roles with an emphasis on examining, reviewing, and making recommendations to ensure the CIT Program is implemented and sustained as a community program.  The CIT Coordinator furthermore serves as a community liaison representing and primary point of contact for the Program, both for law enforcement and other community partnerships to the residents of Seattle.  Leadership, planning and problem-solving skills are essential attributes for the CIT Coordinator.

The Department will work in conjunction with the CIC to develop the job description for the CIT Coordinator and will post the job description on the Department’s website. 




16.110-POL-3  CIT-Certified Officers


1.  CIT-Certified Officers Undergo Specific Training 

All SPD officers will receive basic training on crisis intervention.  To be considered “CIT-Certified,” officers are required to successfully pass a 40-hour initial comprehensive CIT training and eight hours of annual CIT-specific in-service training thereafter.

2.  CIT-Certified Officers Will Take the Lead, When Appropriate, In Interacting With Subjects in Behavioral Crisis

See 16.110-POL-5.2.

3.  The Department Will Ensure That CIT-Certified Officers Are Available on All Shifts




16.110-POL-4  Crisis Response Team (CRT)


1.  CRT is a Unit of the Patrol Operations Bureau

The CRT Unit is distinct from officers who are CIT-Certified and assigned to other units.  (See 16.110-POL-3 CIT-Certified Officers.)

2.  CRT has Follow-Up Responsibility for Incidents Involving Subjects in Crisis

CRT follows-up on cases involving behavioral crisis through intervention at the lowest-level, least-intrusive intercept point, in order to prevent and reduce harm.  CRT works to gain a subject’s behavioral self-control through engagement with treatment. 


a. CRT Utilizes an Intercept Continuum


1. Harmless symptomatic behavior 

2. Indication of mental-health needs


    • Non-criminal: Refer to appropriate service partner for outreach


    • Criminal:  Document crime, warn


3. Indication of urgent mental-health needs

4. Imminent risk of serious harm to self, others or property

5. Escalation of harmful symptomatic behavior

6. Escalated risk of serious harm to others, resistant to all other interventions

b. CRT Utilizes a Descending Scale of Urgency When Prioritizing Cases


1. Imminent risk of serious harm

    • Subject is out of custody or possible release following serious incident, danger to public or victims.


2. Pattern of escalation


    • Subject has been involved in a series of incidents indicating decompensation or decline in behavioral self-control, which constitutes an increased risk of serious harm to self or others.


3. High utilization of police resources

    • Subject has made or been the reason for frequent, unfounded calls which unreasonably exploit patrol resources.


4. Request from officers or service provider


    • A patrol officer or service provider requests CIT assistance for problem-solving.




16.110-POL-5  Responding to Subjects in Behavioral Crisis


1.  Officer Shall Make Every Reasonable Effort to Request the Assistance of CIT-Certified Officers, as Appropriate


2.   Communications Shall Dispatch at Least One CIT-Certified Officer to Each Call That Appears to Involve a Subject in Behavioral Crisis

If circumstances dictate that there is not a CIT-Certified officer available to respond to a call that appears to involve a subject in behavioral crisis, non-CIT- Certified officers shall be dispatched and a CIT-Certified officer shall respond as soon as possible.


CIT-Certified officers will take the lead, when appropriate, in interacting with subjects in behavioral crisis.  If a sergeant or above has assumed responsibility for the scene, he or she will seek the input of CIT-Certified officers on strategies for resolving the crisis event when it is reasonable and practical to do so.  


a.  A Sergeant and at Least Two Officers Shall Respond to Each High-Risk Suicide Call

A high-risk suicide call is one where the likelihood of suicide is imminent, and the subject may be armed with a weapon or may be barricaded. 

If, during the course of an incident, an officer determines that a subject meets the above criteria, he or she shall advise dispatch and request a sergeant and back-up. 

3. Officers May Call the Crisis Clinic to Connect with the On-Duty Designated Mental Health Professional (DMHP) During any Incident Involving a Subject in Behavioral Crisis

The Crisis Clinic is the resource through which officers can be referred to the available resources that are located throughout the region.   

Officers may call the Crisis Clinic for an on-site evaluation by the on-duty designated mental health professional (DMHP).

a.  Officers Are Encouraged to Call the Crisis Clinic When Contacting Subjects Who Are in a Behavioral Crisis but Are Not Going to Be Referred for Involuntary Mental Health Evaluation or Criminal Charges

See 16.110–TSK–2 Contacting Subjects Who are in a Behavioral Crisis but are Not Going to Be Referred for Involuntary Mental Health Evaluation or Criminal Charges.

4. Officers May Refer Eligible Subjects with Mental Illness and/or Substance Use Disorders to the Crisis Solutions Center (CSC)

See 16.110–PRO–4 Referring a Subject to CSC.  Voluntary referrals may take place:


        a. Certain Subjects are not Eligible for CSC Referral


       Individuals who meet at least one of the following criteria are not eligible for

CSC referral:

  • Suffer from an acute mental health crisis which meets the criteria for a mental health evaluation under RCW 71.05.153
  • Require medical treatment
  • Have an active and extraditable criminal warrant
  • Violent offender status in the past ten years
  • Sex offender status in the past ten years
  • Juveniles (under 18)

        b. Officers Shall Notify Potential Crime Victim(s) of the Diversion Option

Officers shall consider any strong opposition presented by the potential crime victim(s) when determining whether to make the referral.  This does not negate officer discretion.

        c. Officers Shall Inform Subjects that Referral is Voluntary


5. Officers May Facilitate Voluntary Mental Health Hospitalizations

Officers shall document officer-facilitated voluntary mental health hospitalization.   See 16.110–TSK–1 Voluntary Mental Health Hospitalization. 

6.  Officers May Facilitate Involuntary Mental Health Evaluations

See 16.110– PRO–2 Referring a Subject for an Involuntary Mental Health Evaluation.

7. Officers Shall Complete the Emergent Evaluation Card When Referring a Subject in Behavioral Crisis to a Hospital, Whether for Voluntary or Involuntary Evaluation


8. Officers May Take a Subject into Custody Based on a Written or Verbal Order From a DMHP

See 16.110–PRO–3 Taking a Subject into Custody by Order of a DMHP. When a DMHP is unable to accompany officers, officers shall make an independent determination as to whether to order an involuntary mental health evaluation.

9. Officers Shall Document All Contacts With Subjects Who are in Behavioral Crisis, are Suspects in a Crime, and/or are Detained for a Mental Health Evaluation

For the purposes of this policy, a behavioral health crisis is defined as an episode of mental and/or emotional distress in a person that is creating significant or repeated disturbance and is considered disruptive by the community, friends, family or the person themselves.

Officers will use a General Offense (GO) report for all hospitalizations – voluntary and involuntary - which is routed to CRT.

For other behavioral crisis calls or contacts, officers will document the contact by using either a GO report or a Street Check.

10.  There Are Five Options for Resolving Behavioral Crisis-Related Misdemeanor Property Crimes

11. When an Officer has Made the Decision to Book a Felony Suspect into Jail, the Suspect Shall Not Be Diverted for a Mental Health Evaluation

12. CRT Triages Cases for Follow-Up

See 16.110-POL-4.2.b.

13. SPD Collects and Analyzes Data

The Department’s intent with collecting data is two-fold:

  • To collect data based on the capabilities of existing and future software, and
  • To evaluate the overall CIT progra

a.  There Are Five Components That Are Analyzed to Answer Key Questions

  • Communication procedure
    • Ensure that communications procedures are effective in appropriately identifying people in behavioral crisis.
  • CIT-Certified officers
    • Ensure that CIT-Certified officers are effective in responding to incidents involving people in behavioral crisis.
  • CRT Unit
    • Ensure that the CRT Unit is effective in terms of improving efficiency of police response to and the resolution of incidents involving people in behavioral crisis.
      • Are subjects getting the services they need?
      • Are call volume and patrol workload being reduced?
  • CIT curriculum
    • Ensure that the CIT curriculum is delivering in terms of its intended goals and learning outcomes.
  • SPD culture
    • Determine how each aspect of the CIT program is viewed within the SPD culture.
      • Training
      • Response
      • Follow-up




16.110–PRO–1 When Jail Staff Decline to Accept a Suspect in Behavioral Crisis for Booking



1. Attempts to book subject into jail

a. If jail declines subject, transports subject to HMC

2. Screens the incident with a sergeant to determine if there will be a police hold


3. Screens the disposition with CRT sergeant, via Communications

4. Decides if there will be a police hold

a. If there will be a police hold,

determines whether to assign hospital guard (See 11.030 – Guarding Detainees at a Hospital)



5. Completes Emergent Evaluation Card

a. Indicates that there is a police hold, if applicable

b. Through Communications, calls the appropriate hospital to explain the circumstances behind the police hold, if applicable

c.  Gives the Emergent Evaluation Card to the ambulance driver/social worker

6. Completes a General Offense report

a. Lists “Crisis” in the offenses block, in addition to any offenses that were committed

b. Describes the circumstances of the incident and the disposition of the subject



7. Dispatches officer to retrieve the subject, if Harborview calls to notify that a subject on police hold is about to be released


Officer/Secondary Officer


8. Transports subject to jail





16.110–PRO–2 Referring a Subject for an Involuntary Mental Health Evaluation




1. Determines that the subject may be eligible for evaluation

2. Requests that Communications call the Crisis Clinic, if time allows, or calls the Crisis Clinic directly at (206) 461-3210

3. Determines (with or without the assistance of a DMHP) that the subject meets the involuntary mental health evaluation criteria, per RCW 71.05.153(2): Emergent Detention of Persons with Mental Disorders

4. Screens the incident with a sergeant, either at the scene or telephonically


5. Reviews the incident and advises the officer whether to order the evaluation  


6. Takes the subject into protective custody

7. Arranges for the subject to be transported via ambulance or patrol car to the closest appropriate hospital

8. Completes the Emergent Evaluation Card

9. Provides the Emergent Evaluation Card to the ambulance driver or hospital social worker

10. Completes a General Offense report with the emergent evaluation template

a. Lists “Crisis” in the offenses block, in addition to any offenses that were committed

b. Describes the circumstances of the incident and the disposition of the subject

c. Includes witness information



11. Approves GO report

Data Center

12. Immediately transcribes GO report

13. If the hospital requests a copy of the GO report, faxes the report to the hospital





16.110–PRO–3 Taking a Subject into Custody by Order of a Designated Mental Health Professional (DMHP)



1. Receives request from a DMHP for officers to assist with field evaluation, an emergent detention, or service of a court order

                                 2. Dispatches two officers to the call

a. Dispatches at least one CIT-Certified officer, if one is available


3. Upon the request of the DMHP, take the subject into protective custody 

4. Screen the incident with a sergeant before taking the subject into custody or entering if:


5. If necessary, consults with the CRT sergeant or a CIT-Certified sergeant via Communications


6. Arrange for the subject to be transported via ambulance or patrol car to the closest appropriate hospital, or the hospital requested by the DMHP

7. Complete the Emergent Evaluation Card

8. Provide the Emergent Evaluation Card to the ambulance driver or hospital social worker

9. Complete a General Offense report with the emergent evaluation template

a. List “Crisis” in the offenses block, in addition to any offenses that were committed

b. Describe the circumstances of the incident and the disposition of the subject

c. Include witness information


10. Approves GO report

Data Center

11. Immediately transcribes GO report

12. If the hospital requests a copy of the GO report, faxes the report to the hospital


16.110–PRO–4 Referring a Subject to CSC



                              1. Conducts a complete investigation

a. Checks subject’s name  through WACIC and FORS for excluding factors:

  • Warrants
  • Violent offense conviction within the past 10 years
  • Sex offender status within the past 10 years
  • Juvenile (Under 18)

b. Assesses subject’s imminent danger of seriousharm to self, others, or property; or grave disability


c. Identifies elements of crime, if any 

2. Determines that the subject is appropriate for CSC referral (See 16.110-POL-5.4a)

3. Notifies potential crime victim(s) of the diversion option

a. Considers any objection to diversion

4. Asks the subject if he or she is interested in being referred to CSC

a. Emphasizes that referral is voluntary


b. If the subject does not want to be referred and arrest is possible, considers making the arrest

5. Screens incident with sergeant (either in-person or telephonically, unless this Manual requires an in-person screening {i.e., Type II force}) if:

a. The subject was handcuffed


b. The officer will be transporting the subject to CSC


c. There was a use of reportable force


d. The officer is unsure as to if the subject meets the intake criteria


e.  The officer will be diverting the subject to CSC instead of KCJ

6. Advises Communications to contact the CSC, or contacts the CSC via phone (682-2371) to screen for availability  


7.  Arranges for transport to CSC, either in a patrol car or the Mobile Crisis Team (MCT) vehicle

a. If the subject is being referred to CSC instead of jail, it is preferable, but not necessary, for an officer to make the transport            

                              8.  Completes a GO report

a. Documents the incident, including witnesses and victims


b. Describes elements of crime, if applicable


c. Confirms that no disqualifying criteria exist


d. Selects “CSC Diversion” from the “Arrest Disposition” box in GO suspect linkage, if applicable

CSC Staff                        

9. Completes the “Arrest Referral Tracking Sheet” and “Notice of Diversion to CSC,” if applicable

a. If the referring officer requested notification, contacts the referring officer as soon as they are able to advise if the individual declined services and will be leaving the facility or has already left the facility


b. If an individual who was subject to arrest declines services, contacts the appropriate prosecuting attorney




16.110–TSK–1 Voluntary Mental Health Hospitalization


When facilitating a voluntary mental health hospitalization, the officer:


1. Receives request from a subject for voluntary mental health hospitalization


2. Arranges for the subject to be transported via ambulance to the closest appropriate hospital


3. Completes the Emergent Evaluation Card


4. Provides the Emergent Evaluation Card to the ambulance driver


5. Completes a General Offense report

a. Lists “Crisis” in the offenses block

b. Describes the circumstances of the incident and the disposition of the subject

c. Routes GO report to CRT





16.110–TSK–2 Contacting Subjects Who are in a Behavioral Crisis but are not Going to be Referred to the Crisis Solutions Center, for Involuntary Mental Health Evaluation or Criminal Charges


When contacting subjects who are in a behavioral crisis but are not going to be referred for involuntary mental health evaluation or criminal charges, the officer (at his or her discretion):


1. Contacts the Crisis Clinic Supervisor at (206) 461-3210 ext. 1


2. Obtains case management history, as applicable


3. Obtains contact information for the case manager, as applicable


4. Contacts the case manager (or after-hours staff) to advise of police contact


5. Completes a General Offense Report, routed to CRT.  (All behavioral crisis contacts must be documented consistent with 16.110-POL-5.9.)