Response to Recent Protest Actions

The Seattle Police Officer’s Guild has reviewed the video involving our officers handling a recent protest in downtown Seattle. The officers involved did a remarkable job in a very tense and difficult situation. The officers were dealing with a group of individuals who wear masks at protests to disguise their identities and have a long history of violent actions. The officers, who were understaffed, acted with courage, restraint and bravery while enforcing the law. The officer’s actions kept a volatile situation from getting out of hand and in so doing protected the public. SPOG is disappointed that the matter was referred to the Office of Police Accountability for review. The OPA is charged with investigating serious acts of misconduct. The officers involved in this incident did not engage in any misconduct whatsoever.

Rantz: Police staff ‘dangerously low’ as Seattle vastly overstates patrol numbers

“BY JASON RANTZ
DECEMBER 4, 2019 AT 7:10 AM

To address community concerns over an expected uptick in holiday-related crime, the City of Seattle recently announced emphasis patrols in certain neighborhoods. But not only are the police staff actually available for patrol at “dangerously low” levels, the number of patrol officers reported by the department is vastly overstated, and the emphasis patrols aren’t guaranteed to happen.”

Read More at mynorthwest.com

Seattle K9 Teams Deserve Our Support

Seattle is home to some of the best K9 officers and trainers in the country. Officers in the unit spend thousands of hours training with their police dogs. Handlers are not only required to train with their dogs every day, but they also live with them. A K9 officer and police dog are certified together allowing for an officer to confidently know how their partner acts and responds to various situations that require K9 assistance. Nevertheless, handlers are being treated poorly.

According to a recent survey conducted by Seattle University, forty nine percent of Seattle residents have a fear of crime in the city they call home. Property crimes came in as one of the top public safety concerns along with car prowls, homelessness, and residential burglary. Instead of enabling SPD to take action to protect Seattle and its residents, current policies and procedures are handcuffing critical units such as the K9 division.

In the past, K9 officers were heavily used to track down car prowlers and auto thefts with major success rates. The K9 officer’s ability to track down thieves additionally stopped offenders from committing more violent crimes in the future. Especially in quieter Seattle neighborhoods that are major targets for property crime offenders. Under the new policy, police dogs will no longer be permitted to be used for property crimes due to the improbable possibility of a dog bite now overshadowing the true professionalism of the K9 officer and the many property crime cases solved thanks to the unit.

The recent changes also include that a K9 officer must first get permission from a sergeant or higher-ranking officer to release their K9 under suspicious circumstances. Though, the approving supervisor on the scene does not serve as the K9 handler in these situations. Furthermore, the policy states that a suspect in these situations must be given a “reasonable” amount of time before the dog can be released. Such immense restrictions on the K9 officer and their police dog leaves them virtually unable to use any tactics they were trained to use to apprehend a suspect. In addition, the Seattle City Council is making matters worse by abusing discipline processes by using uncommon dog bites as evidence against the officers when force is used.

The SPD K9 Unit is comprised of incomparable committed officers. When an officer in the K9 Unit is not responding to an incident, they’re training with their dogs. Police dogs who are trained to find criminals, detect narcotics, and uncover explosive devices. SPD’s K9 Unit also has one of only three electronic storage detection police dogs in the country. Seattle’s K9 Officers are not only impeccably trained in these areas, but SPD ensures its four-legged officers are friendly and comfortable in public, further guaranteeing success rates in Seattle’s urban setting.

Property crimes are clearly heavily on the minds of our community. Creating more policy that forbids K9s to find and apprehend suspects alleged of these types of crimes will only lead to more incidents, and more Seattle residents feeling hopelessness caused by the irrational restrictions placed on SPD.

Catch and Release Hurts Seattle

Chief Carmen Best Tweet
A business owner reported a property crime, and @SeattlePD arrested the suspect. Within hours, the suspect was released from jail and returned to commit a new crime. The same officer re-arrested the suspect. This not only hurts our community, but officer morale as well. #MCCA2019″

We agree and well said Chief Best!

Officer: I’m loyal but I’ve been pushed too far. And I’m done staying quiet.

We get a lot of comments like “How can you do your job protecting the citizens of Seattle with the lack of support and even attacks from City leadership?” We even welcomed a candidate recently who wants to abolish us. The answer is that we’re professionals. And we are loyal. Please read this Officers thoughts that are echoed by so many in Law Enforcement Seattle Office of the Mayor Seattle City CouncilSeattle Community Police Commission and citizens of our great city! We just want to do our jobs. #ToProtectAndServe#StandingWithSeattle #SeattleCopsCare

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Seattle Police Officers Guild City Council Endorsements

Seattle Police Officers Guild
2949 Fourth Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134
206.767.1150 (phone)
206.768.1848 (fax)
Kevin Stuckey – President
Mike Solan – Vice President
Walt Hayden – Secretary/Treasurer

PRESS RELEASE

October 17, 2019

TO: All Media Outlets
FM: Officer Kevin Stuckey, SPOG President
RE: Seattle Police Officers Guild City Council Endorsements

The Seattle Police Officers Guild believes that the most crucial issue facing the city of Seattle is Public Safety. SPOG sent out questionnaires and recently conducted a Public Safety Forum for all Seattle City Council Candidates.

SPOG is pleased to announce the following endorsements:
District 1: Phil Tavel
District 2: Mark Solomon
District 5: Debora Juarez
District 6: Heidi Wills

SPOG believes that these candidates’ best understand the seriousness of public safety and they offer the best ideas to approach this most critical issue.

The Seattle Police Officers Guild is the largest police labor union in the northwest and we represent all sworn Seattle Police Officers and Sergeants which includes over 1300 members.

For more information contact SPOG Vice President Mike Sloan at 206-767-1150 or mike@seattlepoliceguild.org.

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Police advocates say it’s time to stop the ‘demagoguery’ and back America’s men and women in blue

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, there are 88 Line of Duty deaths of Police Officers so far this year.

For more information on the issues facing police now and the response of public officials, take a look at the video linked below.

Dr. Darrin Porcher, Steve Kardian and Chief Lisa Parker on recent shootings of police officers.

SPD: In Our Own Words

Seattle Police Officer Ryan Gallagher talks about patrol work and the rewards of being a police officer.

Video by Stacey Sanner Productions

FBI Confirms the deadly cost of a ‘War On Cops’: NY Post

“A new FBI report finds that the “War on Cops” is real and has deadly consequences.

Undertaken last year after a spate of cop-killings around the nation, the study confirms that areas across the nation have seen “de-policing” in the wake of protests that political leaders seemed to support.”

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Statement Regarding Officer Adley Shepherd Decision

For Immediate Release

Statement Regarding Officer Adley Shepherd Decision

Seattle Police Officers Guild  
2949 Fourth Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134
206.767.1150 (phone)
206.768.1848 (fax)

 

Kevin Stuckey – President
Mike Solan – Vice President
Walt Hayden – Secretary/Treasurer

TO: All Media Outlets
FM: Officer Kevin Stuckey, SPOG President
RE: Statement Regarding Officer Adley Shepherd Decision

Seattle Police Officers Guild members are some of the best-trained and professional Pubic Safety servants in the nation. We are willing to put our lives on the line to dutifully protect our community each and every day.

This decision impacts all labor and is an affront to Binding Arbitration.

Our hearts go out to the Shepherd family who have been dragged through this process for nearly five years. SPOG will be immediately appealing this decision as it will negatively impact all public sector union contracts.

The Seattle Police Officers Guild is the largest police labor union in the northwest and we represent all sworn Seattle Police Officers and Sergeants which includes over 1300 members.

For more information contact the SPOG Director of Media & Labor Relations, Rich O’Neill, at 206-767-1150. rich@seattlepoliceguild.org

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