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Record No: CB 118476    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 118476
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 9/8/2015
Ordinance No: Ord 124848
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to the Seattle Police Department; authorizing the Chief of Police to issue Special Police Officer Commissions to qualified government employees to conduct limited law enforcement duties or to former police officers or parking enforcement officers to conduct traffic control; eliminating the authority to authorize Retired Police Officer Commissions; amending Section 3.28.150, and repealing Sections 3.28.450, 3.28.460, 3.28.470, and 3.28.480 of the Seattle Municipal Code.
Sponsors: Bruce Harrell
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Central Staff Memo on Special Commissions, 3. Signed Ord 124848
CITY OF SEATTLE
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AN ORDINANCE relating to the Seattle Police Department; authorizing the Chief of Police to issue Special Police Officer Commissions to qualified government employees to conduct limited law enforcement duties or to former police officers or parking enforcement officers to conduct traffic control; eliminating the authority to authorize Retired Police Officer Commissions; amending Section 3.28.150, and repealing Sections 3.28.450, 3.28.460, 3.28.470, and 3.28.480 of the Seattle Municipal Code.
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WHEREAS, Section 3.28.150 of the Seattle Municipal Code currently authorizes the Chief of Police to commission persons engaged in private security employment to assist the Police Department in enforcing laws; and
WHEREAS, the Seattle Police Department does not issue Special Police Officer Commissions to persons engaged in security work as such work is strictly regulated under Chapter 18.170 Revised Code of Washington; and
WHEREAS, the City of Seattle has a need for qualified persons with limited law enforcement authority to assist the Police Department where appropriate; and
WHEREAS, the City of Seattle has a need for qualified persons to conduct traffic control; and
WHEREAS, Section 3.28.450 of the Seattle Municipal Code currently authorizes the Chief of Police to grant Retired Police Officer Commissions to any Seattle Police Officer who has retired in good standing; and
WHEREAS a retired officer with a Retired Police Officer Commission has the same authority as an active police officer, may wear his or her Seattle Police Department uniform, and carry a weapon; and
WHEREAS, a retired officer with a Retired Police Officer Commission is not considered an employee, has no assigned supervisor, is not required to have ongoing training or be readily identifiable to the public distinctly from active duty officers, and is not subject to discipline for violations of Seattle Police D...

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