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Written Directives: Special Orders

In order to comply with DC Official Code § 2-536 (2001), the MPD has posted the written directives that include Statements of Policy and Interpretations of Policy approved to date for release. As additional General Orders are brought up to date, they will be posted here. For additional information, the Policy Development Branch can be contacted in writing at 300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20001.


Written Directives: Special Orders

S.O. Number Date Title
SO-80-11 3/1/1980 Identification of Owners of Impounded Vehicles
SO-80-50 7/22/1980 Amendments of the General Orders Concerning Responsibilities for Conducting Investigations
SO-80-61 9/2/1980 Metro Transit Police - Field Reports
SO-81-09 2/10/1981 Revisions to General Order 201.15
SO-81-24 4/14/1981 Medic Alert System and Medical Data Banc Identification
SO-81-65 11/5/1981 PD Form 26 (Record of Warrant/Custody Order on File at Identification and Records Division)
SO-82-14 6/1/1982 Metro Transit Police Violation Citation Program
SO-82-36 9/21/1982 Transporting Persons Arrested by Special Police Officers
SO-83-21 3/2/1983 Drug Testing for Illicit Narcotic or Controlled Substance Use
SO-83-26 3/17/1983 Excused Absences
SO-83-36 4/27/1983 DC Standard Form 1199 (Request for Advanced Leave or Leave Without Pay)
SO-83-37 4/28/1983 Traffic Collateral Amendments
SO-83-82 11/29/1983 Service of DC Superior Court Warrants by Other Jurisdictions
SO-84-25 4/27/1984 DEA Form 7 (Report of Drug Property Collected, Purchased or Seized)
SO-85-11 4/1/1985 Amendments to the Vending Regulations
SO-85-38 10/10/1985 Medical Certification of Operators of Two-Wheeled Vehicles
SO-86-23 4/4/1986 Notification and Investigative Procedures Involving DC Public School System and Employees Thereof
SO-86-29 4/14/1986 Amendment to General Order No. 307.01 (Vice Complaints, Investigations and Arrests)
SO-86-72 12/30/1986 Expansion of the Jurisdictional Responsibilities of the US Secret Service univormed Division
SO-87-01 1/13/1987 Procedures for Handling Instances of Tardiness
SO-87-32 9/3/1987 Policy on Responding to Subpoenas and Requests for Interviews in Connection with Investigations of District Agencies or Officials
SO-87-33 10/11/1987 Hospital Coutesy
SO-87-37 10/10/1987 Protective Equipment
SO-87-42 12/14/1987 Procedures for Conducting Joint Law Enforcement Operations
SO-88-20 6/6/1988 Catastrophic Illness/Injury Donation Program
SO-89-03 2/15/1989 Bench Warrants Issued by the Court for Failure to Appear for Hearings in Child Support Cases
SO-90-10 5/30/1990 Unauthorized Stickers on Department Vehicles
SO-90-17 11/29/1990 LWOP Notifications
SO-91-05 6/27/1991 Request for Family and/or Medical Leave
SO-91-14 1/6/1992 Witness Protection Program
SO-92-10 6/19/1992 Violators of DC Code 22-3502 (Sodomy) and DC Code 22-1112 (Lewd, Indecent or Obscene Acts)
SO-92-13 9/21/1992 Department Telephones
SO-93-15 9/2/1993 Vehicles Authorized for Department Use
SO-94-08 3/29/1994 Patrol Officer First Class
SO-94-15 6/10/1994 Underage Drinking Emergency Amendment Act of 1994
SO-94-27 11/25/1994 Parolee Registration Program
SO-95-14 9/27/1995 Motor Vehicle Tinted Window Amendment Act of 1994


1/16/1996 LOJACK Pilot Program
SO-96-07 5/20/1996 Revised Jurisdictional Boundaries Affecting the US Secret Service, the US Park Police and the Metropolitan Police Department
SO-96-10 7/10/1996 Change in Handling the Charge of "Failure to Comply with Order" when Enforcing Traffic Violations
SO-96-13 10/11/1996 Community Work Stations
SO-97-06 3/28/1997 Overtime Compensation
SO-97-13 7/15/1997 Revised PD Form 378 (Domestic Violence Handout)
SO-98-32 10/27/1998 Use of Radio Priority Alert Tones
SO-98-36 11/9/1998 Authorization to Forfeit Annual Leave and/or Compensatory Time in Lieu of Suspension Without Pay (For Suspensions of 5 Days or Less)
SO-98-38 11/20/1998 Personal Take Home Radios
SO-99-08 3/1/1999 Drug Free Workplace Certifications
SO-99-14 9/7/1999 Juvenile Curfew Act of 1995
SO-99-14A 9/7/1999 Supplement to Special Order 99-14, Juvenile Curfew Act of 1995
SO-99-16 10/18/1999 Language Services Stipend



Supplement to SO-99-14 Juvenile Curfew Act of 1995

SO 00 15


Selection of Peer Support Team Members

SO 00 17


Procedures for Handling Seized Monies

SO 00 19


Compliance with Title II of the ADA

SO 01 02


Changes to GO 303.1

SO 01 07


Fingerprinting Prisoners

SO 01 11


Computer Crime & Forensic Unit

SO 01 16


Bias Related Hate Crimes

SO 01 21


Teletype (E-Mail) Message System

SO 01 24


Administrative Leave for Academic Courses

SO 01 26


Illegal Posters on Public Space

SO 02 08


Revised PD Form 346A (Weekly Activity Report)

SO 02 18


In-Service Training Request Form

SO 02 19


Weapons Qualifications No-Show Consequences

SO 02 28


Court Schedule Verification System

SO-03-04 6/11/2003 Intake Guidelines for Firearms Cases

SO 03 05


Amendment to GO-PER-110.11 (Uniforms and Equipment)

SO 03 16


Cross Agency Enforcement Initiative (CAEI)

SO 03 17


PD Form 168 (Court Case Review), Prosecutor's Form 168-A (Prosecutor's Case Review Form) and PD Form 140 (Court Attendance Record)

SO 03 18



SO 04 03


Amendment to GO-PER-110.11 (Uniforms and Equipment)

SO 04 04


Amendment to GO- PER-110.11

SO 04 07


Carrying Service Firearms While Off-Duty in the District of Columbia

SO 04 11


Distracted Driving Safety Act of 2004

SO 04 13


Desk Sergeant Selection Process

SO 04 17


Issuance & Service of Grand Jury & Trial Subpoenas



Special Event Reimbursable Details



Partners on Patrol



Care of Minors in the Custody of Arrested/Hospitalized Persons



Records Retention and Evidence Preservation (Millicent Allewelt Act of 2004)



Guidelines for Scheduling Court Key Days



Instructions for Completing the Reportable Incident Form (UFIR: PD Forms 901-g and 901-h)



Injured Persons to Hospital



Enhanced Use of CCTV to Combat Crime



Dissemination of Written Directives



Implementation of the Omnibus Public Safety Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2006



Performance Standards for Sworn Members in the Rank Position of Civil Service Sergeant, Investigative Personnel, Officer, and Reserve Officer



The Directives System Orders



Visitor Parking Permits

SO-08-01 2/29/2008 Use of Truancy/Curfew Vans
SO-08-04 6/11/2008 Calendar Year 2008 Sworn Member Professional Development Training
SO-08-07 7/02/2008 Bicycle Recovery Procedures
SO-08-08 6/23/2008 Handling of Fireworks
SO-08-10 11/24/2008 2009 Inaugural Badge Sets
SO-08-11 12/10/2008 Public Safety Officer’s Benefit Program
SO-08-12 12/17/2008 Pre-Trial Hold/Conditions of Release Request Form (PD Form 255-A)
SO-09-03 6/1/2009 Validation of Individuals as Members of a Criminal Gang
SO-09-04 8/27/2009 Omnibus Public Safety and Justice Emergency Act of 2009
SO-09-06 Rev. 07/26/2013 List of Eligible Candidates for Promotion to the Ranks of Captain, Lieutenant, and Sergeant
SO-10-02 2/22/2010 Check on Welfare Calls for Service
SO-10-06 8/11/2010 Fuel Key Procedures
SO-10-09 8/23/2010 Mobile AFIS Devices
SO-10-10 8/23/2010 Processing Arrestees Eligible for Bond, Citation Release and “Elect to Forfeit”
SO-10-11 9/13/2010 Authorization and Accountability for Metropolitan Police Department Vehicles
SO-10-13 9/29/2010 Issuance of Subpoenas in Criminal Investigations
SO-10-14 10/1/2010 Instructions for Completing the Use of Force Incident Report (UFIR: PD Forms 901-e and 901-f)
SO-10-15 10/25/2010 Directives Compact Discs
SO-10-16 11/1/2010 Background Checks
SO-10-18 12/1/2010 Patrol Rifle Qualification Pin
SO-11-01 1/27/2011 Lactating Accommodation Policy
SO-11-02 2/3/2011 Adult Protective Services
SO-11-04 3/30/2011 Information Technology Restricted Area Access and Asset Control
SO-11-08 5/6/2011 Tours of Duty
SO-11-09 5/25/2011 Arrest Books
SO-11-13 7/12/2011 Contagious Disease and Infestation Protocol
SO-11-14 8/19/2011 MPD Compliance with the National Child Search Assistance Act of 1990
SO-11-15 7/13/2011 Special Liaison Division
SO-11-18 12/5/2011 Religious Exemptions to Uniform and Appearance Requirements
SO-11-21 11/28/2011 Unregistered Vehicle Enforcement
SO-11-22 12/1/2011 Bias-Related/Hate Crimes
SO-12-03 1/27/2012 Religious Head Covers and Other Articles of Faith
SO-12-04 3/16/2012 Mandatory Reporting and Broadcast of Serious Crimes
SO-12-05 2/22/2012 Car-Sharing Program Parking Spaces
SO-12-08 3/12/2012 Required Notifications Regarding Incidents at the New Beginnings Youth Development Center
SO-12-09 3/12/2012 Failure to Display Tags
SO-12-10 3/13/2012 Vehicle Oil Checks
SO-12-11 3/13/2012 Parking at Expired Parking Meters
SO-12-14 4/30/2012 Domestic Violence Assessment Tool (DVAT) Pilot Program in PSAs 506, 507, 602, 604, 608, 706, and 708
SO-12-15 4/25/2012 SAFE Ride-Along Program
SO-12-16 7/17/2012 Investigative Responsibilities for Reports of Injured Persons to Hospitals
SO-12-18 7/24/12 Preliminary Reports
SO-12-21 9/10/2012 2013 57th Inaugural Badge Sets
SO-12-22 10/26/2012 Witness Canvasses
SO-12-24 10/26/2012 Lesson Plan and Curriculum Review
SO-13-03 4/2/2013 Social Media Checks for Background Investigations
SO-13-04 5/14/2013 Investigative Support Unit
SO-13-05 6/21/2013 Sworn Member Scheduling
SOC-13-03 7/26/2013 List of Eligible Candidates for Promotion to the Ranks of Captain and Lieutenant
SO-13-07 8/29/2013 Traffic Enforcement Involving Non-Traditional Motor Vehicles
SO-13-08 8/29/2013 Medical Marijuana
SO-13-09 8/26/2013 School Zone Incidents and Crimes
SO-13-10 10/24/2013 Silver Alert
SO-13-13 11/27/2013 Photographs, Video Recordings, and Audio Recordings of Crime Scenes
SO-14-01 3/7/2014 Youth Bullying Prevention
SO-14-02 3/9/2014 Retirement Badges
SO-14-03 6/6/2014 Requesting Video Evidence
SO-14-05 7/30/2014 Command Information Center Traffic Desk
SO-14-06 8/1/2014 Littering Enforcement
SO-14-11 11/3/2014 Handheld Ticket Writers
SO-14-13 12/17/2014 Tactical Emergency Casualty Care Program
SO-15-02 12/13/2015 List of Eligible Candidates for Selection for Investigator Positions
SO-15-03 1/29/2015 The "Lively Standard"
SO-15-05 2/13/2015 AWARE Threat and Investigative Consoles
SO-15-07 2/26/2015 Legalization of Possession of Minimal Amounts of Marijuana for Personal Use Initiative of 2014 (Initiative 71)
SO-15-08 4/14/2015 Cell Phone Recovery Process
SO-15-09 9/11/2015 "Focus on Fitness" Physical Assessment
SO-15-10 11/2/2015 Fiscal Year 2016 Police Officer Retention Program