General Policy Information
Latest Revision Date: 3/3/2014
Title 1 - Department Administration
Title 2 - Department Employment
Title 3 - Employee Welfare
Title 4 - Human Resources
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
Title 16 - Patrol Operations
The Seattle Police Department's Audit, Policy & Research Section (APRS) maintains the Seattle Police Manual.
The APRS Policy & Procedure Unit coordinates the research, development and review of the policy sections published in this manual.
Policy is researched and developed based on legal and Constitutional standards, best practices of the police profession, Department and Community values, best evidence/best science and collaboration with subject matter experts.
A detective is assigned to lead a policy project. The detective will assemble a work group of subject matter experts. The work group will review policy development through web-based shared review. An internal peer review within the APR Section is completed before a Department-wide review.
Once the review process is complete, the policy is presented to Department command staff where final policy decisions are made. The approved policy is then published on the third Wednesday of every month.
Manual sections generally include policy, procedural steps and individual tasks.
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