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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

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

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

16.230 – Issuing Tickets and Traffic Contact Reports

Effective Date: 02/19/2014

16.230-POL

This policy applies when officers address traffic or non-traffic infractions and/or criminal traffic offenses.

 

1. Defining the Types of Tickets:

Criminal Citation - Used to enforce criminal traffic offenses as defined in Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) Title 11; Revised Code of Washington (RCW) Title 46 traffic crimes; and SMC Title 16 Harbor Codes.

Notice of Infraction (NOI) - Used to enforce non-criminal offenses designated as civil infractions. These include, but are not limited to, traffic and non-traffic violations as defined in the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) and the Revised Code of Washington (RCW).

Parking Infraction - Used to enforce SMC parking violations.

Traffic Contact Report (TCR) - Used to provide a written warning for traffic infractions.

2. Officers Identify Themselves During all Detentions

This will occur as early in the contact as is safe to do sopursuant to requirements in 6.220 – Social Contacts, Terry Stop, and Arrests. 

3. Officers Document All Traffic Stops

Document traffic stops by using:

4. Officers Shall Complete All Fields on the Front and Back of the Court Copy of the Paper Ticket


Officers will write “not applicable” or draw a line through any field that they are otherwise unable to complete.


Officers will write “unknown” in the address field when they are unable to determine a current address for the violator.


If the violator does not have a valid driver’s license, to include only possessing an identification card, they will write “none” in the operator’s license number field.

5. SECTOR-Trained Officers May Issue E-Tickets Instead of Paper Tickets

If a violator is booked into jail during an investigation related to the ticket, officers must still complete paper tickets and utilize the delayed issuance procedure below.

See 16.230-TSK-2 Issuing completed E-Tickets.

6. Officers Complete and Submit Tickets and TCRs by the End of Their Shift

See 16.230-TSK-1 Issuing Completed Tickets

7. Officers Cite Traffic and Non-Traffic Offenses on Separate Tickets

8. A General Offense Number is Required on Tickets in Certain Circumstances

Criminal Citations must have a General Offense number when completed or issued to a juvenile.

Criminal Citations and/or NOIs must have a General Offense number when completed or issued in association with:

9. Sergeants Must Approve Paper Criminal Citations and Notice of Infractions

Sergeants will verify that all information from the stop is documented on the court copy of the ticket, including but not limited to:


 All fields on the front of the ticket are completed.
 A narrative, including whether or not in car video exists for the stop.

10. Officers Shall Not Serve Completed Tickets to Violators Booked into Jail

See 16.230-TSK-3 Completing Tickets for Violators Booked into Jail

11. Officers Need Not Serve a Ticket on the Violator in Certain Circumstances 

The delayed issuance of a ticket occurs when:

See 16.230-TSK-4 Utilizing Delayed Issuance of Tickets

12. Officers Submit Tickets to the Evidence Unit That Are Evidence in a Crime

See 16.230-TSK-5 Submitting Tickets to the Evidence Unit

13. Officers May Detain a Violating Driver for a Reasonable Period of Time

Officers may use a mobile identification device as appropriate and in accordance with Manual Section 15.360.  If the officer cannot determine the violator’s identity at the scene, they may take the violator to the SPD Ten Print Identification Unit.

Exception: Juveniles shall only be fingerprinted for gross misdemeanor and felony offenses (Refer to Seattle Police Manual Section 6.290-Juvenile Investigations & Arrests).

See 16.230-PRO-1 Utilizing the SPD Ten Print Identification Unit

14. Officer Write “Juvenile” Before the Offense Title on Tickets in Certain Circumstances

15. Officers Issuing Traffic Violations to Bicyclists Cite SMC 11.44.020 “Rights and Duties of Rider”

See 16.230-TSK-6 Issuing Tickets to Bicyclists

16. Officers Place Completed Parking Infractions on the Offending Vehicle

Write a narrative with the element(s) of the offense on the court’s copy.

Officers must complete a Washington State Tow/Impound Record if the vehicle is to be impounded. See 6.120 Impounding Vehicles.

 

 

16.230-PRO-1 Utilizing the SPD Ten Print Identification Unit to Identify a Traffic Violator

Officer

1. Contacts their sergeant to request the violator be fingerprinted.

Sergeant

2. Confirms the request meets the authority to detain and identify a person as outlined in SMC 11.59.090, SMC 12A.02.140 and/or RCW 7.80.060.

3. Authorizes the officer to transport the violator to the Ten Print Identification Unit.

Officer

4. Transports the violator to SPD Headquarters 5th floor to the Ten Print Identification Unit.

If there are questions or concerns, contacts the Ten Print Identification Unit (available 24/7) at 206-684-5514 prior to transport.

5. Stands by with the violator while they are being fingerprinted.

6. Provides the ID technician with the General Offense number.

7. Takes appropriate enforcement action once the violator is identified.

8. Completes a General Offense Report documenting the fingerprint procedure and its result (Refer to Seattle Police Manual Section 6.010 - Reporting Arrests & Detentions).

 

16.230–TSK-1 Issuing Completed Paper Tickets

When an officer has contacted a violator for a violation, has identified them, and determined the appropriate offense(s), the officer:

1. Completes the ticket(s) or TCR.

2. Corrects any error(s) made on the ticket by crossing it out and initialing it. 

Exception: If the violator is under 12 years old, the officer writes a General Offense Report.

3. Marks the “Served on Violator” box.

4. Enters the date issued.

For Criminal Citations, also Marks the “Mandatory Court Appearance” box but does not enter an appearance date unless the offense is for misdemeanor DUI, in which case refer to Seattle Police Manual Section 15.280-DUI Investigations.

5. Serves the violator with the “Defendant Copy” of the ticket or TCR.

6. Includes on the first line of the ticket’s narrative if the stop or contact was recorded by the In-Car Video system.

7. Writes the element(s) of the offense(s) in the ticket’s narrative.

8. Enters the “Related #” on each companion ticket, if applicable.

9. Enters the General Offense number on each ticket, if applicable.

10. Retains the ticket’s Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) copy or TCR’s officer copy.

11. Paper-clips together all related tickets and reports, if applicable.

12. Submits all tickets to a sergeant for review.

 

16.230–TSK-2 Issuing Completed E-Tickets

When an officer has contacted a violator for a violation, has identified them, and determined the appropriate offense(s), the officer:

 

1. Completes the ticket(s).

Exception: If the violator is under 12 years old, the officer writes a General Offense Report.

2. Corrects any error(s) made on the ticket by editing the ticket in the SECTOR interface.

3. Enters the date issued.

4. Serves the violator with the printed SECTOR copy of the ticket.

5. Includes on the first line of the ticket’s narrative if the stop or contact was recorded by the In-Car Video system.

6. Writes the element(s) of the offense(s) in the ticket’s narrative.

7. Enters the “Related #” on each companion ticket narrative, if applicable.

8. Enters the General Offense number on each ticket narrative, if applicable.

9. Submits all tickets through SECTOR.

 

16.230–TSK-3 Completing Tickets for Violators Booked into Jail

When completing ticket(s) for violators who are booked into jail, the officer:

 

1. For Criminal Citations:

Writes “Book Direct” in the blank box next to the completed Criminal Citation’s bar code if the violator is booked into jail.

Exception: If the violator is booked for felony DUI or a potential felony traffic investigation, then the officer does not complete any tickets.

Marks the “Referred to Prosecutor” box.

Leaves the “Appearance Date” box blank.

2. For NOIs:

Marks the “Referred to Prosecutor Infraction Companion to Crime” box.

Exception: If the violator is booked for felony DUI or a potential felony traffic investigation, then the officer does not complete any tickets.

3. Does not issue the violator their copy of the ticket(s).

4. Leaves the “Date Issued” box on the tickets blank.

5. Writes the General Offense number on each ticket.

6. Writes the “Related #” on each ticket, if applicable.

7. Completes the ticket’s narrative.

Includes on the first line of the narrative if the stop or contact was recorded by the In-Car Video system

8. Retains the LEA copy of the completed ticket(s).

9. Paper-clips together all related ticket(s) and reports.

10. Forwards the ticket(s) and related reports to their sergeant for review.

11. Routes the ticket(s) and related reports to the Data Center in an Alert Packet.

 

16.230–TSK-4 Utilizing Delayed Issuance of Tickets

When utilizing delayed issuance of tickets for violators, the officer:

 

1. Does not issue the violator their copy of the completed ticket.

2. For Criminal Citations:

Marks the “Referred to Prosecutor” box.

Does not enter the date when referred to the Prosecutor.

3. For NOIs:

Marks the “Sent to Court for Mailing” box.

Enters the date when referred to the court for mailing in the “Date Issued” box.

4. Enters related ticket numbers and the General Offense number on each ticket, if applicable.

5. Completes the ticket’s narrative including the elements of the offense(s).

Includes on the first line of the ticket’s narrative if the stop or contact was recorded by the In-Car Video system.

6. Retains the LEA copy of the completed tickets.

7. Paper-clips together all related tickets and related reports, if applicable.

8. If there is a Criminal Citation or NOI with a General Offense number and any related reports,   submits the tickets and related reports to their sergeant for review.

9. Forwards together all tickets and any related reports to the Data Center.

 

16.230–TSK-5 Submitting Tickets to the Evidence Unit

When an issued ticket becomes evidence in a crime, the officer:

 

1. Photocopies the ticket.

2. Completes an SPD Voided Ticket Report.

Marks the “Other” box in justification field.

Lists in the “Explanation” section that the ticket was placed into evidence.

3. Retains the LEA copy of the ticket.

4. Packages and submits to the Evidence Unit the original ticket.

5. Includes the ticket’s number in the General Offense Report narrative.

6. Forwards the SPD Voided Ticket Report, photocopy of the ticket, and related reports to their sergeant for review prior to submittal to Data.

 

16.230–TSK-6 Issuing Tickets to Bicyclists

When completing a NOI to a bicyclist for a traffic violation, the officer:

 

1. Writes “bicycle” in the “Vehicle/Motor Vehicle” field.

2. CitesSMC 11.44.020 Rights and Duties of Rider” in the “Violation/Statute” field.

3. Writes the underlying traffic violation on the front of the NOI below the cited violation listed in #2.

4. Enters the current penalty amount.

This penalty amount also applies if the bicyclist is determined to be at fault in a collision.

5. Issues the NOI to the bicyclist.