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Seattle Police Department
Logo/patch of the Seattle Police Department
Logo/patch of the Seattle Police Department
AbbreviationSPD
MottoService, Pride, Dedication
Agency overview
Formed1869
Annual budget$365m (2022)[1]
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionWashington, U.S.
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Seattle Police jurisdiction
Size142.5 square miles (369 km2)
Population737,015 (2020)
Legal jurisdictionCity of Seattle
General nature
  • Local civilian police
Operational structure
HeadquartersSeattle, Washington, U.S.
Police officersc. 940 (2022)[2]
Civilian employees631
Agency executive
  • Adrian Z. Diaz, Chief of Police
Website
Seattle Police website

The Seattle Police Department (SPD) is the principal law enforcement agency of the city of Seattle, Washington, United States, except for the campus of the University of Washington, which is under the responsibility of its own police department. The SPD is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

Law enforcement in Seattle began with the election of John T. Jordan as town marshal in 1870.[3] The SPD was officially organized on June 2, 1869. Today it has a number of specialty units including SWAT, bike patrol, harbor patrol, motorcycles, mounted patrols, and a variety of detective units;[4] Fifty-eight officers have died in the line of duty since the SPD's establishment.[5]

The SPD has been under federal oversight since 2012, when policy and procedural reforms were instituted after a United States Department of Justice investigation found that SPD officers routinely used excessive force.[6]

Patrolmen are represented by the Seattle Police Officers' Guild in labor negotiations.[7]

  1. ^ "SPD 2022 Proposed Budget" (PDF). Seattle.gov. Retrieved July 28, 2022.
  2. ^ "As cops leave and crime rate rises, Seattle police Chief Diaz eyes plan to turn the tide". KOMO-TV. Retrieved June 4, 2022."Chief Diaz Statement on Current Staffing Crisis". City of Seattle Seattle Police Blotter. Retrieved June 4, 2022.
  3. ^ Moody, Dick (November 15, 1953). "Berry-Patch Patrol Was First Police Job". The Seattle Times. p. 4.
  4. ^ "Redirect – Seattle Police Department".
  5. ^ "Officer down". The Officer Down Memorial Page.
  6. ^ "Year 3 of SPD oversight: Are new policies making a difference?". Seattle Times. 2015.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Kamb, Lewis (January 9, 2021). "President of Seattle police union lambasted for comments claiming Black Lives Matter among those to blame for U.S. Capitol siege". Seattle Times. Retrieved January 10, 2021.

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