The Port of Seattle Police Department responds to more than 24,000 calls on an annual basis. Most of those calls result in providing assistance to a community member or passenger, a police investigation, or a referral to medical first responders or another local law enforcement jurisdiction.
Approximately 30 calls per year result in a “Use of Force” incident. A “Use of Force” incident includes any actions taken by an officer through the use of physical control tactics, weapons, equipment and/or other instruments to assist in controlling a situation or the behavior of others.
Each year the Port Police Department reviews all use of force incidents. The review helps the department determine employee development needs, equipment issues, and recognize trends or patterns. The review helps the department determine if current policies and procedures should be modified. The data may also contribute positively to a broader discussion about policing best practices.
The Port makes these reports available to the public. The public may request police records and additional information through our Online Records Request System.