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Encyclopedia > Seattle Police Department

The Seattle Police Department (SPD) is the principal law enforcement agency of the city of Seattle, Washington, except for the campus of the University of Washington, which responsibility falls to the University of Washington Police Department. It is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. This work is copyrighted. ... For the band, see The Police. ... Nickname: Location of Seattle in King County and Washington Coordinates: Country United States State Washington County King County Incorporated December 2 1869 Government  - Type Mayor-council  - Mayor Greg Nickels (NP) Area  - City  142. ... The University of Washington, founded in 1861, is a public research university in Seattle, Washington. ... Categories: Stub | Seattle, WA | United States specialist police departments ... The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) was created in 1979 as an independent accrediting authority by the four major law enforcement membership associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) National Sheriffs Association (NSA) Police Executive Research Forum (PERF...


The Seattle Police Department has various specialty units including SWAT, bike patrol, harbor patrol, motorcycles, mounted patrols. This article is about Special Weapons and Tactics. ... A Police bicycle is a land vehicle used by various police departments. ... An NYPD boat on patrol in New York Harbor A Metropolitan Police launch on the River Thames in London A Chicago Police Department boat on Lake Michigan Water police, also called harbour patrols, port police, marine police, or river police, are police officers, usually a department of a larger police... A Police motorcycle is a motorcycle used by various police departments. ... The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride Mounted police are police who patrol on horseback. ...


Law enforcement in Seattle began with the appointment of William H. ("Uncle Joe") Surber as town marshal in 1861. The SPD was officially organized on June 2, 1886. As of 2006 it had 1,280 sworn officers. For the band, see The Police. ... Marshal (also sometimes spelled marshall in American English, but not in British English) is a word used in several official titles of various branches of society. ... 1861 (MDCCCLXI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link with display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the Julian calendar) // January 1 - Benito Juárez captures Mexico City January 2 - Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia dies and is succeeded by... June 2 is the 153rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (154th in leap years), with 212 days remaining. ... Year 1886 (MDCCCLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...

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Command Structure

The chief of the Seattle police department is Dallas Murry. Chief of Police is the title typically given to the head of a police department, particularly in the United States and Canada. ...


Bureau Commanders include:

  • Deputy Chief John Diaz (Deputy Chief of Operations)
  • Deputy Chief Clark Kimerer(Deputy Chief of Administration)
  • Assistant Chief Harry Bailey (Patrol Operations Bureau 2)
  • Assistant Chief Nick Metz (Criminal Investigations Bureau)
  • Assistant Chief Linda Pierce (Patrol Operations Bureau 1)
  • Assistant Chief Jim Pugel (Field Support Bureau)
  • Assistant Chief James Pryor (Emergency Preparedness Bureau)

Significant Events

In 1999, Seattle hosted the World Trade Organization (WTO) Conference. The Seattle Police Department was criticized for failing to properly prepare for the over 100,000 protesters that disrupted the conference. While the majority of protestors were not violent, some assaulted delegates and police, and destroyed property. The protest soon devolved into a riot. In response, SPD used chemical agents and less-lethal weapons in an attempt to restore order. News footage of this response and of the rioting was broadcast worldwide. Amazingly, not a single protester or police officer was injured seriously enough during the riot to require hospitalization. Chief Norm Stamper resigned amid the scrutiny of police response to the event. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Chemical warfare is warfare (and associated military operations) using the toxic properties of chemical substances to kill, injure or incapacitate an enemy. ... Non-lethal force is force which is not inherently likely to kill or cause great bodily injury to a living target. ...


Bike Unit

In 2005 the department started testing the use of BlackBerry PDA's with bike patrol officers. These PDA's allowed officers on the streets access to police records when the use of regular mobile data computer is not available.[citation needed] 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The BlackBerry is a wireless handheld device introduced in 1999 which supports push e-mail, mobile telephone, text messaging, internet faxing, web browsing and other wireless information services. ... Personal digital assistants (PDAs) are handheld computers that were originally designed as personal organizers, but became much more versatile over the years. ...


Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum

The Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum is a museum in the Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1997, it is dedicated to the history of the Seattle Police Department and of law enforcement in the Seattle metropolitan area. It claims to be the largest police museum in the western United States. The Louvre Museum in Paris, one of the largest and most famous museums in the world. ... Pioneer Square Pioneer Square is the neighborhood where Seattle, Washington was founded in 1853. ... Nickname: Location of Seattle in King County and Washington Coordinates: Country United States State Washington County King County Incorporated December 2 1869 Government  - Type Mayor-council  - Mayor Greg Nickels (NP) Area  - City  142. ... Official language(s) English Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Area  Ranked 18th  - Total 71,342 sq mi (184,827 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 6. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see The Police. ... The Seattle metropolitan area includes the city of Seattle, Washington; King County, Washington; and several surrounding cities and counties in the Puget Sound area. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


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