Department Fact Sheet
The Seattle Police Department is the largest Municipal law enforcement agency in Washington State.
About the City
Seattle Population: 686,800 (2016)
Seattle Physical Size: 143 square miles
Population of King County: 2.1 million (2015)
Washington State Population: 7.288 million (2016)
About the Department
Sworn Officers – 1,376 (2016)
Civilian Employees – 513
911 Calls – 866,311 calls per year (2015)
Public Disclosure Requests – 5,884 (2016)
Responds to an average of 575 calls for service a day.
Proactively engages in 295 incidents a day.
Completes 213 police reports a day.
Primary Duties of the Department
- Foot, car and bike patrols in all five precincts.
- Harbor Unit patrol of 59 square miles of waterways.
- 9-1-1 Communication Center answers all calls for police, fire and medical emergencies in the city.
- Traffic Enforcement.
- Parking Enforcement.
- K9 Unit.
Sworn Officer Rank Structure
Policing involves a chain-of-command, with sworn officers of higher rank giving direction to those working under them as follows
- Chief of Police
- Deputy Chief
- Assistant Chief
- Officers and Detectives