9 Facts About the Seattle Police Department


The Seattle Police Department is the principal law enforcement agency of the city of Seattle, in the U.S. state of Washington, except for the campus of the University of Washington, for which responsibility falls to the University of Washington Police Department.

The University of Washington, commonly referred to as simply Washington, UW, or informally U-Dub, is a public flagship research university based in Seattle, Washington, United States.

Seattle is a seaport city on the west coast of the United States and the seat of King County, Washington.

A U.S. state is a constituent political entity of the United States.

Seattle Police chase, canine released by SPDwatcher


It is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. is a credentialing authority, based in the United States, whose primary mission is to accredit public safety agencies, namely law enforcement agencies, training academies, communications centers, and campus public safety agencies.

Seattle Police Department Anti-Crime Team by seattlepi


The Seattle Police Department has various specialty units including SWAT, bike patrol, harbor patrol, motorcycles, mounted patrols, and Special Police.

SWAT is a term for law enforcement units which use specialized or military equipment and tactics in the United States.


Law enforcement in Seattle began with the appointment of William H. Surber as town marshal in 1861.


The SPD was officially organized on June 2, 1869.


As of 2011, it had a staff of around 1,800.


Since the establishment of the Seattle Police Department, 58 officers have died in the line of duty.


In 2011, the Justice Department found that the department had engaged in a pattern of constitutional violations in its use of force.


On May 19, 2014, Kathleen O'Toole was nominated to serve as Chief of the Seattle Police Department and was officially appointed on June 23, 2014.

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