Federal Judge Approves New Use of Force Policies for SPD

In an order dated December 17, 2013, Judge James L. Robart formally approved new Use of Force Policies for the Seattle Police Department.  The Monitor had previously certified that the consensus policies, developed with the City of Seattle, SPD, and Department of Justice ("DOJ") with input from the community, satisfy the requirements of the July 2012 Consent Decree between the City and the DOJ.

To read the general Use of Force Policy, click here.

To read the Use of Force Policy Manual containing force tool-specific policies, click here.

To read the policies regarding the review of of use of force, click here.

To read policies governing the new Force Investigation Team, click here.

To read Judge Robart's order approving the new policies, click here.

To read the Monitor's Memorandum to the Court recommending approval of the policies by the Court, click here.