General Policy Information
Latest Revision Date: 11/20/2013
Title 1 - Department Structure and Function
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
This manual is intended both to provide guidance and serve as a reference to employees of the Seattle Police Department. It is the responsibility of each member of the Department to comply with the policies and procedures set forth within this publication; however, it is understood that law enforcement is dynamic, and that it is impossible to anticipate every circumstance that may confront an employee.
Policies, procedures, mission statements, and priority statements exist to maintain high levels of professional conduct. Deviation from these written standards may be acceptable under certain circumstances, but must be reasonable; and any actions taken must ultimately reflect the Department’s mission statement and priorities. To the extent that Department policy may contain provisions more restrictive than state or federal law, such provisions are not intended, nor may they be construed or applied, to create a basis for liability against the City or any of its employees.
Finally, the written publications of the Department are only a part of the direction provided to employees. Communication that is directive in nature from supervisory or management personnel has the same authority as any written policy.
The Seattle Police Department Manual is maintained by the Audit, Policy and Research Section.
Seattle Police Department
Audit, Policy and Research Section
P.O. Box 34986
Seattle WA 98124-4986