Seattle at a glance
Population by race and Hispanic origin
Cities in this database with the most similarly-sized populations
Full-time law enforcement staff, Seattle Police Department
- 1,178 Officers
- 419 Civilian staff
Full-time law enforcement officers per 1,000 residents
- 1.5 Seattle
- 2.4 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.
Recent 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|
We identified 3 publicly reported settlements that resulted in $7,000,000.00 in monetary compensation to victims.
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.