2019 Strategic Plan

Plan Overview

The Seattle Police Department continues to set a national standard for equitable and constitutional policing. Through the hard work of the women and men of the department and the support of the community we all serve, the SPD has made numerous achievements in the pursuit of public safety, public trust, and employee wellness. This work has been guided by the department's five guiding principles - Service Excellence, Reducing Crime and Disorder, Data-Driven Policies and Practices, Honor and Professionalism, and Business Efficiencies. 

These principles provide the outline for the department's goals and priorities during the next few years, as outlined in this strategic plan. The goals specified in the plan grow out of conversations with all aspects of the department, local and regional government officials, and community leaders and members. Comprehensively, the plan is designed to push the department to meet the values, needs, and expectations of the community, particularly around issues of oversight, accountability, and overall police services.  

Service Excellence

The Seattle Police Department aspires to exceed best practices and constitutional minimums and will work to ensure the department provides police services better than any other department in the country.

Reducing Crime and Disorder

The Seattle Police Department recognizes that policing is more than arrests and enforcement, and that it is responsible for improving public safety by effectively addressing crime and disorder.

Data-Driven Policies and Practices

The Seattle Police Department will focus its resources through policies and actions that reflect the best of modern, effective policing.

Honor and Professionalism

The Seattle Police Department will ensure that the department is staffed by the best-trained officers and civilians, who take pride in honorable service to the community.

Business Efficiencies

The Seattle Police Department will guarantee it is an excellent steward of public resources by prioritizing investments on effective improvements in the provision of public safety.


Sue Rahr, Interim Chief of Police
Address: 610 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98104-1900
Mailing Address: PO Box 34986, Seattle, WA, 98124-4986
Phone: (206) 625-5011
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The Seattle Police Department (SPD) prevents crime, enforces laws, and supports quality public safety by delivering respectful, professional, and dependable police services. SPD operates within a framework that divides the city into five geographical areas called "precincts".