Seattle Police Department
Seattle Police Department
Leader Unknown
Headquarters 610 5th Avenue
Staff Contact Tahoma

The Seattle Police Department (SPD) 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. It is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

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

Primary Duties

  • Foot, car and bike patrols in all five precincts.
  • Harbor Unit patrol of 59 square miles of waterways.
  • Investigative duties for all crimes including arson investigations.
  • 9-1-1 Communication Center answers all calls for police, fire and medical emergencies in the city.
  • Traffic Enforcement.
  • Parking Enforcement.
  • Homeland Security and the Bomb/Arson Unit
  • Specialty units, such as SWAT, Gang Unit and canine.


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