Seattle at a glance

Population by race and Hispanic origin

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Full-time law enforcement staff, Seattle Police Department

  • 1,341 Officers
  • 559 Civilian staff

Full-time law enforcement officers per 1,000 residents

  • 1.74 Seattle
  • 2.3 National average, cities with 250,000+ population
  • 2.2 National average

These figures reflect the Seattle Police Department only, and do not include state or other police agencies that may be present in this location.

Federal grant funding

Data was last updated February 14, 2022

We identified over $16.4M in federal grant funding, FY 2012-2022

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Grant funding over time

Grant funding by federal department

Recent grants

USA spending grants for: Seattle
Amount Start and end dates Recipient and description Awarding agency CFDA program Type
$124,762.00 9/1/2021
SEATTLE, CITY OF SEATTLE, WA POLICE COMMUNITY DIALOGUES Department of Justice Offices, Boards and Divisions 16.710 Public Safety Partnership and Community Policing Grants Prime
$771,127.00 10/1/2020
SEATTLE, CITY OF CITY OF SEATTLE JOINT APPLICATION FOR FY2021 JAG FUNDS Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs 16.738 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program Prime
$644,184.00 10/1/2019
SEATTLE, CITY OF SEATTLE AND DISPARATE AGENCIES GROUP Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs 16.738 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program Prime
$672,410.00 10/1/2018
SEATTLE, CITY OF FY 2019 JAG PROGRAM Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs 16.738 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program Prime

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Military equipment transfers

Data last updated September 6, 2022

$216.4K value of military equipment has been transferred to the Seattle Police Department

The highest-value stock number reported is UNMANNED VEHICLE,GROUND with 1 item valued at $120,000.00 each

Recent equipment transfers

Military equipment transfers
Ship date Item and National Stock Number (NSN) Quantity Acquisition value, each Acquisition value, total DEMIL code DEMIL IC
1 1 @ $96,466.00 $96,466.00 C 1
1 1 @ $120,000.00 $120,000.00 Q 3

Local police misconduct data, consent decrees, and settlements

Data was last updated January 26, 2022

Consent decree

Seattle has a consent decree with the Department of Justice that went into effect on Sep 21, 2012.

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We identified 3 publicly reported settlements that resulted in $7,000,000.00 in monetary compensation to victims.

Year Description Outcome

The family of Charleena Lyles, a pregnant Black woman killed by Seattle police officers in 2017, filed a lawsuit against the City of Seattle. In early December 2021, city officials agreed to settle the case with her family for $3.5 million.

In June 2017, two Seattle police officers were responding to Lyles’ 911 call to report a burglary. Officers alleged that she had staged the burglary and that she suddenly lunged at them with a knife, prompting them to fatally shoot her with her children nearby. Following her death, family members filed a lawsuit against the city, alleging that the officers had failed to use nonlethal force to disarm Lyles. After a state Court of Appeals agreed with the Lyles’ family, the city settled the case for $3.5 million.


The City of Seattle settled a lawsuit by the family of Che Taylor for $1.5 million. The case arose from a fatal shooting by two police officers in 2016.

Taylor was killed by plainclothes police officers when they fired upon him outside his home. The officers, Michael Spaulding and Scott Miller, claimed they believed their lives to be in danger when they encountered Taylor, who they tried to arrest for unlawful possession of a handgun. Evidence in the case raised doubt about the officers’ claims that Taylor was armed.


In 2015, Seattle paid nearly $2 million to resolve an excessive force lawsuit.

In 2015, the City of Seattle paid nearly $2 million to Nathaniel Caylor, who was shot in the face by police. It was the largest excessive force settlement in the city’s history.