Welcome to SPRA
Law enforcement in Seattle began with the appointment of William H. ("Uncle Joe") Surber as town marshal in 1861. The Seattle Police Department was officially organized on June 2, 1886.
By 1893, the members of the Seattle Police Department recognized that they and their familes needed assistance to provide benefits and support.
In response to that need the Seattle Police Releif Association was formed in 1893. Over the years the Association has provided a wide array of benefits and for a considerable period of time provided the health insurance coverage for its members and families.
Numerous other benefits for education, emergency assistance, training assistance and emergency loans have evolved.
Since the city incorporated the health care coverage, the SPRA has played a role in providing supplemental coverage to meet the needs not covered in the city plan.