Captain Pierre Davis, leader of the SPD SW Precinct is moving to a new assignment
After five years at the helm of the Seattle Police Department’s Southwest Precinct Captain Pierre Davis is leaving. Coming in to lead the precinct is Captain Kevin Grossman who has been a Seattle Police Officer since 1996. He has served in a wide variety of assignments, including patrol, detective in the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit, liaison officer to the Seattle Housing Authority, supervisor in the Audit, Policy, and Research Section, aide in the Chief’s Office, supervisor in the Office of Police Accountability, watch commander in two precincts, the North Precinct Operations Lieutenant, and the South Precinct commander. He was also a Hostage Negotiator for seven years.
Before coming to SPD, Captain Grossman earned a law degree from the University of Wisconsin and worked briefly as an Assistant Attorney General for the Washington Attorney General’s Office. In 2017, Captain Grossman earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington.
Davis spent time as a patrol officer, detective, first line supervisor and mid level manager in the West, South, Southwest and East Precincts, Narcotics, Gang Unit, Felony Fugitive Unit, Office of Professional Accountability, and Traffic Enforcement Unit. Previously he served as the Operations Lieutenant in the Southwest Precinct, and Captain of the East Precinct.
His formal field of study was in Mechanical Engineering Technology, and he attended the West Point Leadership College, as well as Police Administrations Courses at the University of Washington.
"I am one of a great many officers that was recruited from the community from which I resided. I proudly come from a long list of friends and relatives whom have served the Seattle Police Department with pride and dedication."
Captain Davis shared his thoughts on recent events and his departure in a letter to the community.
To our West Seattle community,
Our nation has been obviously challenged this year. The Covid-19 virus and its accompanying prevention protocols took us all by storm and has changed our daily interactions with one another. Also, we are struggling with a multitude of civil unrest incidents sparked by the killing/death of George Floyd.
In dealing with both monumental issues, I’ve seen the very best in a great many people. With Covid-19, I’ve witnessed neighbors helping neighbors accompanied with a great partnership effort with police and Seattle Fire, and with the recent protests and marches, I’ve seen a great many communities accompanied by law enforcement, peacefully marching, partnering for a common peaceful goal.
That said, I must give credit where credit is due. Our West Seattle communities, including South Park, have stepped up greatly and displayed front and center what it looks and feels like when a community and their officers take serious ownership of one another, and for that I am truly grateful.
The outpouring of support and outreach by our community to your officers during these times is heartfelt and a testament to the trust and partnership that you have with your officers.
I’ve had the pleasure to work with and for you for several years and I couldn’t be more proud and honored for that privilege. That said, regretfully I must inform you that I will be reassigned to Police Headquarters at the end of June, completing a 5-year tour of duty as your precinct commander. I want to thank our West Seattle community for hanging in there with us as we try to provide the very best in responsive police services. Again, Thank You for your unwavering support, friendship and partnership!
Captain Pierre Davis
Commander, Southwest Precinct