Seattle Police Department

Seattle Police Reform
7:34 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Seattle Police Loosen Rules For New Recruits

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, with former state rep. Kip Tokuda, announces new police hiring policies
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

The Seattle Police Department is preparing to hire more than 300 new officers in the next five years, and it wants to do things differently.

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Immigrant Rights And Labor Supporters
7:29 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Thousands March Through Seattle In May Day Rally

Immigrant supports waves American flag at May Day march.
Liz Jones KUOW

SEATTLE (AP) — Thousands of people marched about 2 1/2 miles from the Central District toward Seattle's downtown Jackson Federal Building on Wednesday after a May Day rally supporting immigrant rights and labor.

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Protest And Police
1:15 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Demonstrators Have Their Say On May Day

A woman shouted obscenities behind Seattle Police Capt. Chris Fowler as he briefed media in Westlake Park..
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

KUOW reporter Amy Radil began her day at Westlake Park.

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Fighting Crime
9:33 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Seattle Police Won't Sideline Superheroes On May Day

Seattle's Phoenix Jones on patrol.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

City police departments often have testy relations with their local superheroes, at least in the movies. In "The Amazing Spider-Man" they issue a warrant for his arrest. In "The Dark Knight Rises," a cop pledges to take down Batman.

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Pugel Regrets Video
11:26 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Seattle's Interim Police Chief Apologizes For 1986 Music Video Mocking Homeless

Seattle Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel
Courtesy/Seattle.gov

Seattle Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel says "I'll apologize for the rest of my life" for appearing in a department produced video showing officers mocking the city's homeless to the tune of a classic pop hit.

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Police Actions Questioned
11:55 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Emotional Meeting Over Bellevue SWAT Team Shooting

Last month a SWAT team from Bellevue arrived around 5:00 a.m. in a Columbia City neighborhood to serve a warrant for a suspect. As the dramatic scene unfolded the suspect, Russell Smith, was shot and killed by three Bellevue police officers. Now neighbors want answers about what happened.

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Police Accountability
7:52 am
Mon April 22, 2013

South Seattle Neighbors Want Answers About Police Action

The house where Bellevue police shot and killed suspect Russell Smith is still boarded up. The neighborhood was locked down for four hours. Eventually, police stormed the house. No one else was inside.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

On March 22, 2013,  around  5:00 a.m., a SWAT team from the Bellevue Police Department showed up at a tiny dead-end street in Seattle's Columbia City neighborhood. They were there to arrest a suspect on a warrant for robbery.

Things did not go smoothly.

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Public Safety
9:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Behind The Scenes With SPD's Bomb Unit

A bomb squad exercise.
Credit Flickr Photo/Settsu

Investigators are trying to piece together this week's bombings at the Boston Marathon. What clues are they looking for? How are bombs detected and disarmed? Seattle Police Department explosives experts Randy Curtis and Craig Williamson join us with an inside look. Call with your questions to 206.543.5869.


VIDEO: Watch Dennis the SPD Bomb Dog In Action

Politics & Government
9:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel On What's Next For SPD

Interim Seattle Police Department Chief Jim Pugel says he hasn't decided whether he'll seek the job, but he doesn't plan to be a placeholder as the SPD works on critical reforms with the Department of Justice. Pugel is set to replace outgoing chief John Diaz, who announced his retirement on Monday. We talk with the new officer in charge at SPD.

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Police Reform
3:07 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

SPD Chief Diaz Steps Aside

Seattle Police Chief John Diaz at a press conference in 2009.
Credit AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Seattle Police Chief John Diaz announced on Monday that he’s stepping down. Diaz was appointed chief by Mayor Mike McGinn in 2010 and served 33 years with the SPD. Assistant Chief Jim Pugel will lead the department until the city hires a successor. How will Diaz's departure affect SPD morale and the city's ongoing police reforms? We talk with City Attorney Pete Holmes, public defender Lisa Daugaard and Seattle Times reporter Steve Miletich.

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Says Unrelated To Scrutiny of SPD
12:46 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Seattle Police Chief John Diaz Steps Down

Outgoing Seattle Police Chief John Diaz announcing his retirement
Credit Seattle Channel

Seattle’s police chief stepped down on Monday. John Diaz announced his retirement 33 years after starting with the Seattle Police Department – and one week after a pair of outside reviews criticized SPD under his tenure.

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Rules of the Road
12:10 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Ask The Traffic Cop: Officer John Abraham

Officer John Abraham
Stacey Sanner

Are you ever driving down the street, see something happen in traffic and wonder, is that allowed? Ross Reynolds sits down with KUOW's favorite traffic cop, Officer John Abraham, and talks about the rules of the road. From four-way stops to tailgating, pedestrian rule breakers and aggressive bus drivers, The Conversation is on the road to getting your traffic questions answered.

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Police Reform
11:57 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Mayoral Candidates React To Seattle Police Chief Resignation

Seattle Police Chief John Diaz announced his resignation to reporters at Seattle City Hall Monday April 8, 2013.
Seattle Channel

Seattle Chief of Police John Diaz announced his retirement today after 33 years with the department.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle Police Chief made the announcement Monday to reporters with 30 minutes' notice.

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Seattle Police
5:36 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

SPD Officials Say They've Learned May Day Lessons

SPD officers and protesters at Westlake Center on May 1, 2012.
Credit Flickr Photo/Trevor Dykstra

A new report found many shortcomings in how the Seattle Police Department handled May Day demonstrations in downtown Seattle last year. SPD officials said they’ve made important changes since then. 

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Terrorism Or Entrapment?
6:59 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Seattle Man Gets 18 Years For Terror Plot

Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif (left) and Walli Mujahidh aim machine guns purchased from a police informant in 2011. Mujahidh is scheduled for sentencing on April 8.
U.S. Attorney's Office

A Seattle man received an 18-year prison sentence on terrorism charges on Monday after plotting to attack a military installation in South Seattle.

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