The Monitor has released the Third Semiannual Report on the Seattle Police Department.
In this report, the Monitor for the Seattle Police Department (SPD) addresses several issues critical to the Court-ordered Consent Decree (also referred to as the "Settlement Agreement") between the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") and the City of Seattle. Crisis Intervention, Data & Technology, and Supervision are a few of the topics included in this written report.
Please click here to download the full report.
Monitor Recommends Approval of Comprehensive Use of Force Training
On May 30, the Monitor recommended approval of a 24-hour comprehensive use of force training initiative that nearly 1300 SPD officers will complete by December 2014. To read about the training plan (called the "Instructional System Design Model" or "ISDM"), click here.
Monitor Recommends Approval of Crisis Intervention Training Materials
On May 30, the Monitor recommended approval of training programs and materials related to interacting with individuals experiencing behavioral crisis (such as mental illness, behavioral disturbance, drug or alcohol issues, and others). Specifically, the Monitor recommended approval of a basic, 8-hour training course that all SPD officers will receive. Likewise, the Monitor recommended approval of a training course for communications dispatchers. To read more about these crisis intervention training materials, click here.
Monitor Recommends Approval of Force Investigation Team Training Plan
On June 2, the Monitor recommended approval of a training plan for members of the SPD's new Force Investigation Team ("FIT"), an independent, inter-disciplinary team that investigates the highest-level uses of force, officer-involved shootings, in-custody deaths, and serious assaults on officers. To read the Monitor's Memorandum to the Court recommending approval, and to review the training plan, click here.
On December 31, 2013, the Monitor recommended to the Court that it approve of consensus policies addressing voluntary contacts, Terry stops, and bias-free policing. On January 17, the Honorable James L. Robart formally approved those policies.
To read the policies covering voluntary contacts and Terry stops, click here.
To read the policies on bias-free policing, click here.
To read the Monitor's Memorandum to the Court recommending approval of the policies, click here.
To see the order approving the policies, click here.
Federal Judge Approves New Use of Force Policies for SPD
Monitor Releases Second Semiannual Report
The Monitor has completed his Second Semiannual Report on the Seattle Police Department. The report, which is required under the terms of the Settlement Agreement between the City of Seattle and the Department of Justice, was filed with the Court on December 15, 2013. It notes that the "past six months has been a period of positive progress," with improvements among the Department's Use of Force Review Board and Crisis Intervention Committee. "Although both have much work remaining, the groups have begun to engage in critical self-analysis to innovate in a thoughtful and dynamic way."
The Monitor also notes that the previous six months has "witnessed significant disappointment and frustration across several areas," including with the Firearms Review Board and the Department's information technology capabilities. It notes "intransigence and an aversion to innovation in some quarters" that has prohibited the SPD from "ma[king] nearly as much progress during this period as the Monitoring Team knows to have been possible."
The report makes several specific recommendations to the SPD on overhauling its use of data and information technology, continuing to improve in its review of use of force, and reforming its review of officer-involved shootings. It also outlines continuing work to be done in the area of OPA investigations, community outreach, and crisis intervention.
Please click here to read the report.