About the Port of Seattle Police Department
Port of Seattle Police officers provide the primary law enforcement response within the geographical
boundaries of the Port of Seattle, including Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and a portion of the surrounding residential
and commercial properties. Port Police also patrol major portions of the Seattle waterfront and Elliott Bay.
Created in 1972, the Department includes 108 sworn police officers and 31 civilian support staff members.
The Department has its own 911 center that dispatches for the Port Police and Fire Departments as well as Burlington Northern
Santa Fe Police Department.
The Police Department's special units include: Bike Team; Boat and Dive Teams; Bomb Disposal Unit;
Crisis Negotiations Team; Criminal Investigations Unit; K-9; and, Special Response Team. The Criminal Investigations Unit
provides the investigative support for crimes committed within the jurisdiction of the Port of Seattle. This support, or follow-up
investigation, is initiated when the patrol officer is unable to complete the case and/or when special investigative skills
There are nine detectives and an evidence technician assigned to this unit. Their duties include: Follow-up
investigations; Writing and serving search warrants; Interviewing victims and witnesses; Locating, identifying and preserving
physical evidence; Recovering stolen property; Identifying, locating, interviewing and arresting suspects; Preparing and filing
cases with the prosecutors; Cooperating in prosecution of the defendants.
Created in the mid 1970s, the Boat Team is a six-member team works closely with the Boat Team in and
around Elliot Bay, Shilshole Marina, Fisherman's Terminal and the Duwamish Waterway.
Their duties include: Underwater search and recovery of missing persons; Recovery and preservation of evidence related
to waterborne crimes; Hull searches and pier sweeps as part of dignitary protection, special events such as Seafair and July
4th, and drug smuggling investigations; and, Locating and marking obstructions to vessels in waterways.