Port of Seattle Police Department
The Port of Seattle Police Department provides the primary law enforcement service to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the port's seaport properties. The Department was created in 1972 and currently consists of 108 commissioned police officers and 33 non-commissioned personnel. The port police are the primary first responders for all reported crimes and incidents within its jurisdiction.
The Port of Seattle Police Department recently completed reaccreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). This was the first reaccreditation for the department; original accreditation occurred in 2011 and accreditation cycles are three years in length. The first reaccreditation is recognized as the toughest in accreditation cycles. CALEA was first established in 1979 with the goals of enhancing law enforcement as a profession and increasing service deliverability.
CALEA is recognized as the first law enforcement accreditation body and is the only international law enforcement accreditation body. CALEA truly is the gold standard in law enforcement accreditation. Only two percent of law enforcement agencies in the country obtain CALEA accreditation. The Port of Seattle Police Department is one of only two port police departments to satisfy all requirements to be CALEA accredited.
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The primary mission of the Administrative Bureau is to provide support to the Patrol Bureau. The Administrative Bureau consists of the Criminal Investigations Division
, Fleet & Supply
and the Professional Development & Standards Division.
The Patrol Bureau is the most visible representation of the Department while patrolling our jurisdictions within and around the airport and seaport. Uniformed members serve our community in many ways to include responding to 911 calls, assisting the public, providing proactive patrol, and facilitating the safe and expeditious movement of traffic. Officers may be called to take a report of a crime from a travelling member of the public, intervene in a physical confrontation, or respond to a security breach within the airport.