The Seattle Police Department’s Strategies for the Future

Plan Overview The Seattle Police Department has achieved remarkable progress in the eyes of our federal and local government officials, the people of Seattle, and the women and men of the Department. This work began when Mayor Murray took office, and during the past two years has been guided by SPD’s four pillars of policing…

Reform advocates upset over pushback over changing malice law

Members of the legislative task force formed to recommend policy to next year’s Legislature on how to reduce violent interactions involving law enforcement listen Tuesday to executive director Sue Rahr of the state Criminal Justice Training Center during their meeting at the Burien facility. Peter Haley phaley@thenewstribune.com When an effort by state lawmakers to make…

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion

LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) caseworker Tim Candela, right, attends a LEAD meeting at the SPD West Precinct From: CapitolHillSeattle In recent weeks, East Precinct officers have been trained to participate in the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program. LEAD now joins the already functioning Multi-Disciplinary Team program on Capitol Hill in giving law enforcement new…

VOCAL Washington on Seattle Capitol Hill This Week

From: CapitolHillSeattle Meanwhile, another potential public health intervention for chronic drug users is making the rounds in Seattle. A mock safe consumption site for drug users set up by VOCAL Washington is making stops on Capitol Hill this week. The site targets users who inject and provides low-threshold access to a supervised space to consume…

Mayor Murray addresses police reform and accountability

Mayor Murray addresses police reform and accountability July 7, 2016 by Office of the Mayor Today, Mayor Ed Murray delivered the following remarks regarding the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, and police reform and accountability: As I have said many times before, the issue of race and racism is the greatest challenge we…

Guiding Good Choices: Rainier Community Center

With a focus on prevention, Communities in Action is offering its next Guiding Good Choices workshop beginning Tuesday (6/14) evening at Rainier Community Center (4800 38th Avenue S, Seattle). This 5-session Guiding Good Choices series will be offered on 6/14, 6/16, 6/21, 6/23, and 6/30 with dinner provided at 5:30 pm. Parents, grandparents, guardians, coaches…

Lets STOP Child Pornography

Washington’s not-so-little dirty secret Police ‘overwhelmed’ as state leads the nation in child pornography From: Seattle PI Seattlepi.com reporter Levi Pulkkinen U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Bryan Molnar, center, led and assisted in dozens of child pornography investigations in the Northwest. He’s pictured above with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson Cecelia Gregson, a senior…

Thank you! East Precinct bike officers Chris Myers and Drew Fowler Save a Life

From: SPD website As a reminder, Washington law provides immunity from criminal drug possession charges for anyone seeking medical aid for themselves or someone else experiencing an overdose. Officers Save Another Life With Overdose Reversal Drug Written by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee on April 28, 2016 12:37 pm For the second time in as many weeks, Seattle…

East Precinct Officers Now Testing Bodycams

Written by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee on December 23, 2014 11:38 am Officers in the East Precinct have begun testing of a body-worn video cameras. Here’s our first-ever release of thrilling first-person police video, featuring officers responding to a report of disabled vehicle blocking a sidewalk. Read more FULL REPORT

Chokeholds: King County Sheriff John Urquhart

King County Courthouse 516 Third Ave Room W-150 Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 296-4155 sheriff@kingcounty.gov Attention: King County Sheriff John Urquhart With the disturbing and unsettling recent announcement on August 4 by the Seattle Times article entitled “King County deputies restart neck-restraint training” and a report from KOMO TV 4: King Co. Sheriff’s deputies now allowed…