Brian Stampfl

Adjunct Professor, Criminal Justice

Phone: 206.296.5906

Building/Room: Casey 3W

Brian Stampfl CV


Detective Brian Stampfl is the supervisor of the Seattle Police Department’s Crime Scene Investigations Unit (CSI). CSI is dedicated to the investigation of Major Crimes, which include homicides, officer involved shootings, gang violence, sexual assaults, robberies, domestic violence and crimes with complex crime scenes.

Detective Stampfl began his law enforcement career in 1991 where he served in Southern California with the San Bernardino Police Department. In 1995, he was hired by the Seattle Police Department where he worked in patrol and was assigned to the downtown corridor of Seattle. While in patrol, Detective Stampfl became a field training officer (FTO), responsible for training new officers who had just graduated from the academy. To further pursue his interest in teaching and training, Detective Stampfl took a position with the Seattle-King County Joint Academy where he served as an instructor and tactical officer.

In 2001, Detective Stampfl’s title changed from officer to detective when he was assigned to the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit, where he worked for over three years. Then in 2004, the opportunity of a lifetime presented itself as the Seattle Police Department sought to create its own dedicated Crime Scene Investigations Unit. Detective Stampfl was one of seven detectives chosen to create the unit from the ground up, and has been there ever since. In addition to providing crime scene services to the department, Detective Stampfl is a designated member of the department’s Officer Involved Shooting Investigations Team, and in September 2011, he was appointed as supervisor of the unit.

Detective Stampfl is a graduate of the National Forensic Academy in Knoxville, Tennessee and is certified through the Force Science Institute, which focuses on human dynamics in force encounters. He is an adjust faculty member of Seattle University where he teaches a course in Crime Scene Investigation, and is a member of Seattle University’s Criminal Justice Program Advisory Board.