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15.140 - Narcotics Activity Report

Effective Date: 05/07/2019

I. Narcotics Activity Reports (NAR)

A. Reports of narcotics activity are to be documented as a Field Contact with a type “NAR”.

1. The Field Contact/NAR shall include a NAR text template for documenting information that cannot be captured in the system form data fields.

2. The Field Contact/NAR will proceed through the normal approval process by a sergeant.

3. During transcription, the Data Center will route the Field Contact/NAR to the Narcotics Unit to review.

II. Narcotics Lieutenant

A. Responsibilities-

1. Review all incoming Field Contact/NAR’s.

2. Forward all Field Contact/NAR’s that should be handled at the precinct level by RE-ROUTING Street Check/NAR’s to the appropriate precinct handle.

a. Once a Field Contact/NAR is forwarded to a precinct, it will only be returned to the Narcotics Unit if the precinct determines that a Narcotics Detective should do the follow up.

3. If Narcotics is handling the Field Contact/NAR, the Lieutenant will forward it to the Sergeant’s queue for their squad’s follow-up.

III. Narcotics Proactive Squad (Sergeant & Detective)

A. Responsibilities-

1. The Sergeant will review all assigned Field Contact/NAR’s.

2. The Sergeant will RE-ROUTE the Field Contact/NAR’s to a Detective’s for follow-up.

3. The assigned Detective will complete the Field Contact/NAR follow-up email and returns it to the Sergeant for review.

***4. The Sergeant will then attach and forward the original Field Contact/NAR follow-up template to the ASA via email.***

IV. Anti-Crime Team (Sergeant & ASA)

A. Responsibilities-

1. Review all Field Contact/NAR’s in your handle.

2. Determine if it is a duplicate or problem address or person.

3. Determine what kind of follow-up is necessary.

a. If a Field Contact/NAR rises to the level of requiring a Report:

(1) Note this fact on a email follow-up template listing the Report Number.

(2) Forward the email (back) to the original Field Contact/NAR handle selected by the precinct for attachment to the original Field Contact/NAR.

b. If no follow-up is necessary or there is not enough information to act on the Field Contact/NAR:

(1) The sergeant shall document justification for not doing follow-up on a "Follow-up Template" and forward it to the original Street Check/NAR handle selected by the precinct for attachment to original Street Check/NAR.

(2) If the premise is part of an on-going ACT or CPT investigation, note this on the email follow up template.

4. If follow-up is required, ROUTE the Field Contact/NAR to the appropriate queue for assignment.

5. Upon completion of follow-up, the email follow-up template will be forwarded (back) to the original NAR handle selected by the precinct for attachment to the original Field Contact/NAR.

***6. The Anti-Crime Team Sergeant or the ASA will monitor emails for that handle and will attach the email follow-up template to the associated Field Contact/NAR.***

V. Patrol Sergeant

A. Responsibilities-

1. Assign Field Contact/NAR’s to patrol officers for follow-up by RE-ROUTING to a personal queue.

a. Some precincts may assign NAR’s to ACT or CPT officers.

2. Ensure completion of the follow-up within five days.

****3. The Sergeant will then attach forward the original Field Contact/NAR follow-up template to the selected precinct handle via email.

VI. Patrol Officer

A. Responsibilities-

1. Talk to the complainant, if the name and phone number are given.

2. Identify the exact address of premise.

a. Frequently citizens will report NAR locations without knowing the correct address, for example: Brown house one door north of 910 – 25 Avenue.

b. Exact and correct addresses are extremely important to any future narcotics enforcement, patrol officers have the responsibility to record accurate addresses on the NAR.

3. Conduct a “Knock and Talk” on the reported location.

a. Attempt additional contacts if no one is home on the first visit.

b. Visually check the layout of the premise.

4. Always keep officer safety considerations a priority when dealing with residences and/or suspects associated with a NAR.

5. Patrol the area where the premise is located for at least fifteen minutes.

a. Monitor activity and demonstrate to the neighborhood that the police are aware of the problem address. This may require returning to area several times.

6. Document all activities.

a. Date and time of contacts.

(1) Complainant.

(2) Knock and Talk.

b. Officer observations.

7. Complete the Field Contact/NAR follow-up and return it within five days to the Sergeant for approval.


Adrian Diaz, Chief of Police
Address: 610 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98104-1900
Mailing Address: PO Box 34986, Seattle, WA, 98124-4986
Phone: (206) 625-5011
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