5.00.020 ARRESTS UNDER AUTHORITY OF A WARRANT (CALEA 74.3.1) (RCW 10.31.030)
Access to warrant information is available on a 24-hour basis through the Records Unit and/or NORCOM. All warrants must be verified/confirmed prior to service.
Felony arrest warrants issued by King County Superior Court are valid within the United States.
Misdemeanor arrest warrants issued through a district court are valid statewide. An expiration date will be indicated within if applicable.
Violations of civil anti-harassment (RCW 10.14), civil protection orders (RCW 26.50), civil restraining orders, and criminal no-contact orders (RCW 10.99), are criminal offenses.
Officers may be mandated to make an arrest in accordance with the domestic violence statutes. If an arrest is not mandated by law, the officer may cite and release or charge through investigation based on discretion and current Department guidelines.
Officers making an arrest pursuant to a warrant must:
v Inform the arrestee that the officer is acting under the authority of a warrant; and
v Show the arrestee the warrant
Warrant not in officer’s possession
Officers making an arrest pursuant to a warrant that is not in the officer’s possession at the time of the arrest must advise the arrestee that:
v The officer is acting under the authority of a warrant; and
v The warrant, or a copy thereof, will be shown to the arrestee as soon as possible upon arrival at the place of intended confinement
Service of warrants in another jurisdiction
If an officer intends to serve a warrant(s) in another jurisdiction, the officer must notify the agency of jurisdiction prior to service of:
v The intent to serve
v The warrant type
v Any anticipated difficulties
The officer will request the presence of the agency’s officers at service. If the agency is unable to assist the execution may proceed without their presence.
Criminal Process (CALEA 74.3.1& .2)
All officers must follow statutory and case law guidelines when executing criminal process, which includes arrest and search warrants and other judicially issued process to compel a person to answer for a crime.