Seattle Police Department


Seattle Police Department

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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, for which responsibility falls to the University of Washington Police Department. It is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

The Seattle Police Department has various specialty [http://www.cityofseattle.net/police/Units/default.htm units] including SWAT, bike patrol, harbor patrol, motorcycles, mounted patrols.

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 2007 it has 1,285 sworn officers.

Command Structure

The current chief of the Seattle Police Department is R. Gil Kerlikowske
* Deputy Chief John Diaz (Deputy Chief of Operations)
* Deputy Chief Clark Kimerer (Deputy Chief of Administration)
* Assistant Chief Dick Reed (Field Support Bureau)
* Assistant Chief Nick Metz (Patrol Operations 2 Bureau)
* Assistant Chief Linda Pierce (Homeland Security Bureau)
* Assistant Chief Jim Pugel (Patrol Operations 1 Bureau)
* Assistant Chief James Pryor (Investigations Bureau)

ignificant 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.

In 2001, riots broke out downtown during the Mardi Gras celebrations. The riots resulted in one death, more than 70 hospitalized, and 21 arrests. The Seattle Police Officers' Guild membership voted overwhelmingly "no confidence" in Chief Kerlikowske for his failure to take appropriate leadership action during the incident.

Bike Unit

In 2005 the department started testing the use of BlackBerry PDA's with bike patrol officers. These PDAs allowed officers on the streets access to police records when the use of regular mobile data computer is not available. [http://www.cityofseattle.net/police/Publications/06_Report_to_the_Community.pdf]

eattle 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.

lain officers

Rank and name is followed by day of death.

Chief DAVID SIRES -- 10/16/1881

Officer JAMES L WELLS -- 11/28/1897

Officer THOMAS L ROBERTS -- 04/10/1898

Officer ENOCH E BREECE -- 07/03/1902

Officer ALBERT C SHANEMAN -- 09/14/1903

Officer MATTHIAS H RUDE -- 09/24/1910

Officer JUDSON P DAVIS -- 02/23/1911

Officer WILLIAM HENRY CUNLIFFE -- 06/17/1911

Officer HENRY LEE HARRIS -- 07/04/1911

Officer ARTHUR K RUCKART -- 12/27/1914

Officer LAWRENCE E KOST -- 12/12/1915

Sgt. JOHN F WEEDIN -- 07/24/1916

Officer ROBERT R WILEY -- 07/30/1916

Officer EDWIN J WILSON -- 09/24/1919

Officer VOLNEY L STEVENS -- 01/14/1921

Officer WILLIAM T ANGLE -- 01/22/1921

Officer NEIL McMILLAN -- 01/24/1921

Officer CHARLES O LEGATE -- 03/17/1922

Officer ARTHUR B LUNTSFORD -- 01/20/1923

Officer AMOS J COMER -- 07/05/1924

Officer ROBERT L LITSEY -- 09/25/1924

Officer FRED IVEY -- 05/10/1928

Officer LYLE F TRACY -- 09/07/1928

Officer EMORY R SHERARD -- 09/15/1928

Officer GENE W PERRY -- 09/21/1930

Officer WALTER G COTTLE -- 09/29/1930

Officer HARRY E S WILLIAMS -- 08/02/1931

Officer RALPH H AHNER -- 09/13/1932

Officer ELLSWORTH W CORDES -- 12/31/1932

Sgt. JOHN S DONLAN -- 05/20/1934

Officer OLOF F WILSON -- 03/31/1935

Officer TRENT A SICKLES -- 11/26/1935

Officer THEODORE E STEVENS -- 11/27/1935

Officer CON B ANDERSON -- 09/27/1936

Officer FREDERICK H HULL -- 11/15/1945

Investigator WILLIAM T RUMBLE -- 10/29/1947

Det. HARRY W VOSPER -- 07/21/1949

Officer JOHN T CLANCY Jr -- 12/28/1949

Officer FRANK W HARDY -- 03/12/1954

Officer JAMES C BRIZENDINE -- 07/21/1955

Officer DAVID P RICHARDS -- 09/01/1967

Officer JOHN E BARTLETT -- 03/09/1968

Officer ROBERT R ALLSHAW -- 11/11/1968

Sgt. ROBERT D WARD -- 05/15/1969

Officer FRED DOUGLAS CARR -- 02/25/1973

Officer JAMES MELVIN FORBES -- 06/21/1974

Officer JAMES HOWARD St DeLORE -- 06/21/1974

Officer DORIAN LEE HALVORSON -- 09/24/1976

Officer JERRY LEE WYANT -- 10/26/1976

Officer NICHOLAS NORMAN DAVIS -- 12/18/1984

Officer DALE E EGGERS -- 04/23/1985

Officer ANTONIO MARTINEZ TERRY -- 06/04/1994

Officer KENNETH LESLIE DAVIS -- 05/11/1995

Officer GARY R LINDELL -- 03/13/2002

Officer JACKSON VERNON LONE -- 03/16/2005

Officer JOSELITO ALVAREZ BARBER -- 08/13/2006

External links

* [http://www.cityofseattle.net/police/ Seattle Police Department]
* [http://members.aol.com/smpmuseum/ Official site for the Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum]


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