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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 – Enhance Public Trust, Build Pride and Professionalism, Address Crime and Disorder, and Promote Best Business Practices.

These four principles form the foundation of the Department’s priorities for the next two years, and beyond, outlined in this strategic plan. These objectives are the result of the combined efforts of SPD leadership to develop long term goals to support the delivery of police services in a manner that reflects the values, needs, and expectations of entire City of Seattle.Public trust remains paramount, both in terms of achieving complete compliance with the settlement agreement and maintaining a singular focus on community engagement. As we look toward the next two years, the institutionalization of new modes and measures of supervision and oversight, allow the Department to refocus its efforts on the responsibilities of every day policing – answering calls for assistance.

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May 5 – Youth 16-24 Seattle Opportunity & Job Fair !

Your Future Starts Here Seattle & King County.

Are you between 16 and 24 and not in school or working?

More than 30 national and local companies want to hire you!

Register now!

Hundreds of Interviews & On the Spot Offers –
Register TODAY to guarantee your interview!

When: May 5th, 9 am to 4 pm – Come for most of the day or just a few hours

Where: CenturyLink Field Event Center, 1000 Occidental Ave, Seattle, WA 98134

What: Seattle Opportunity & Job Fair – Access everything you need to help with your job search or education

Meet and interview with more than 30 companies
Practice your interview skills with one-on-one coaching
Create or improve your resume with personalized support
Get help with job applications
Learn about options to complete high school and explore college
Tap into legal resources for youth involved with the justice system or interested in immigration services
Find a mentor, a job training program, and much more!

Looking for a ride to the Opportunity Fair? Lyft is providing up to $50 of ride share credit for registered attendees who are new users and over 18 years old. Click here to get your ride code! Under 18 or not a new user to Lyft? Bus passes will also be available at the fair.

Follow the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative on Facebook or Twitter for updates. You’ll also find great tools to help you get ready at

Looking for a flyer about the fair? Click here to download.

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More than 30 major companies to host youth opportunity job fair in Seattle

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On May 5, more than 30 major companies will host a hiring fair for youth at CenturyLink Field Event Center. The job fair is part of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, a coalition of top U.S. companies that is expanding its national youth hiring movement to Seattle. Together, they will interview hundreds of 16-24 year olds from King County who are disconnected from employment and education in an effort to connect them with meaningful job opportunities and a pathway to success.

Interested candidates are invited to register for free and pre-schedule their interviews for the May 5 event at

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National Workforce Development Week


The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC) is celebrating National Workforce Development Week!

In honor of National Workforce Development Week, the WDC will be highlighting strategic partnerships with industry, education, community organizations, and labor within King County’s regional workforce development ecosystem. Join the conversation on Twitter to learn more about how business-led local workforce boards lead a system that is nimble, flexible, and adaptable to generate economic opportunity for businesses and job seekers in our community. Follow us at @SeattleKingWDC and #WorkforceDevWeek.

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Seattle Urban League ‘Career Bridge’ Program


Please visit the Seattle Urban League Website

Career Bridge Overview

Career Bridge began in 2012, following a spate of gun violence and deaths in Seattle. Career Bridge was initially developed and piloted as a collaborative effort between the City of Seattle and community partners to address the disproportionate rates of violence and trauma research showed to be experienced by men of color, particularly African American men. Career Bridge was created to connect African-American men and other men of color who experience multiple barriers to employment, education and training with jobs, and other necessary support. Originally managed jointly by the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development and Human Services Department, Career Bridge was developed through an ongoing partnership with community sponsors and supporters (a network of formal and informal groups with strong ties and existing relationships within the community).

This innovative and community-driven model recognizes and builds on the strengths of existing community networks. Strong personal relationships, grassroots implementation and participant empowerment through shared leadership and accountability differentiate Career Bridge from other services provided to its target population. The Career Bridge Program model brings together workforce training, social services, as well as grassroots community support networks in order to provide a relevant and comprehensive approach to assist participants attain the abilities and skills needed to achieve short-term economic and personal stability. Using a cohort model, individuals enter and progress through Career Bridge as a group.

Participants benefit from the mutual motivation, encouragement and collaborative learning that occurs within a cohort model.

Participants’ peers also become an important part of their network of support.

Class description

Classes are 80 hours (classes times: 12:30pm – 4:30pm, Monday through Friday)
Participants will receive 6 college credits through South Seattle College and a student ID# upon completion for continuing education.
$75 stipends paid to each participant per week for attendance.
There will be 2 days in each curriculum set aside for Community partners.
Job development services offered to Career Bridge participants through multiple resources.
Increased computer lab days to strengthen resume, cover letter, and online job search.
Increased training at Monroe Correctional Facility including work with Work Force development in prisons.

We understand that the best solution to crime prevention is a job. Career Bridge is the answer.

Click here to apply and call for an appointment at (206) 461-3792 Ext 3036.

Current Class Schedule

Start date—August 31st through September 25th
Class times—12:30PM to 4:30PM; Monday through Friday.
Computer lab days: Sep 7, 10, and 18.
All other days to be conducted in the open class room.
Total students 10-12 per class.

Graduation date: Tuesday, Sept 29th (held at Damascus Baptist Church Lower Banquet Room)

Program Model

Community Sponsors and Supporters: A key element of Career Bridge is the expectation that participants are referred by people who are well acquainted with them and committed to ongoing mentoring, leadership development, and problem solving support throughout the process.

Wrap-Around Support: Career Bridge recognizes the importance of and therefore helps facilitate participant’s connection to resources to address basic needs (i.e. food, transportation, housing, etc.), wrap services (i.e. childcare, utility assistance, etc.) and unsolved trauma (i.e. healthy relationships, mental health, substance use/abuse, etc.).

Employment & Career Training & Assistance: Career Bridge incorporates assistance with job readiness, job search, training, and labor market information. The program model facilitates ongoing assistance with job placement and connections to training needed for good-paying jobs that provide a pathway to long-term careers.

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Capitol Hill Hate Crimes: TONIGHT 7 p.m. at All Pilgrims Church, 500 Broadway East on Capitol Hill


SEATTLE – Hundreds of residents of Seattle’s Capitol Hill say they no longer feel safe in one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods.

Recent crimes have put the lesbian and gay community on edge – leading to a large meeting planned for Tuesday night.

Officials say it’s hard to put an exact number on the recent hate crimes that have targeted Capitol Hill’s lesbian, gay and transgendered residents. Some go unreported and others may not be legally classified as a hate crime.

But those who live and work there say they’ve seen it – and experienced it.

KOMO News has reported on several incidents, as recently as last month. Many involve harassment, and some do get physical. Now community leaders want to reverse what they see as a troubling trend in one of the city’s most diverse and inclusive neighborhoods.

“There is definitely a sense in the community that the Hill is no longer safe and that obviously is tearing at the fabric of our ability to have safe spaces,” says Danni Askini of the Gender Justice League. “If not the Hill, then where?”

Askini is moderating Tuesday night’s meeting with community leaders. Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant’s office is helping spearhead the discussion. The meeting gets under way at 7 p.m. at All Pilgrims Church, 500 Broadway East on Capitol Hill. About 300 people are expected.

The goal is to not only brainstorm solutions but to become proactive as summer approaches – a time when nicer weather means more people are out in the neighborhood and a time when there tends to be more violence.


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Seattle Action Network Supports: Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act


The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) is a United States federal law considered to be a fundamental shift in both the method and goal of federal cash assistance to the poor. The bill added a workforce development component to welfare legislation, encouraging employment among the poor. The bill was a cornerstone of the Republican Contract with America and was introduced by Rep. E. Clay Shaw, Jr. (R-FL-22).

Bill Clinton signed PRWORA into law on August 22, 1996, fulfilling his 1992 campaign promise to “end welfare as we have come to know it”.

PRWORA instituted Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), which became effective July 1, 1997. TANF replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program—which had been in effect since 1935—and supplanted the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Training program (JOBS) of 1988.

The law was heralded as a “reassertion of America’s work ethic” by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, largely in response to the bill’s workfare component. TANF was reauthorized in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.



The California Endowment: Youth Justice Policy Board


For the California Endowment, Commonweal staffs a Youth Justice Policy Board (YJPB) of distinguished California professionals and experts in the youth justice field. The Policy Board conducts reviews of California youth justice issues, programs and policies and advises the Endowment on reform strategies.

The Policy Board has adopted two action plans:

Leadership: addresses the need for central state leadership for juvenile justice program and policy development. The focus is on building the capacity of the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) as the state’s lead agency in this regard. This action plan is being implemented via a new Board of State and Community Corrections Juvenile Justice Standing Committee (JJSC Members List) on which eight members of the Youth Justice Policy Board now serve.

Juvenile justice data and performance measures: supporting upgrades of California’s outmoded juvenile justice data systems, with the objective of improving system performance measures and raising the level and quality of juvenile justice information available to stakeholders, policymakers and the public.

Health Happens Here: The Policy Board’s agenda is linked closely to the principles and objectives of the “Health Happens Here” policy framework of the Endowment, which includes these policy reform efforts:

School discipline: The Endowment has supported a collaborative effort to change school discipline policies that result in the needless suspension and expulsion of pupils who are predominantly youth of color. In 2012, this effort led to the adoption of a legislative package that revised suspension and expulsion procedures in California.

Trauma informed care: Traumatic events in children’s lives have an adverse impact on their personal, social and educational success. Endowment grantees have collaborated to disseminate research and to train justice and school personnel on trauma-informed and trauma-responsive approaches.

Equal justice: Under the Endowment’s Boys and Men of Color (BMOC) initiative (and more recently, the Sons and Brothers collaborative), grantee organizations are taking action to implement justice system and community safety reforms to reduce disproportionate incarceration and to support positive outcomes for justice-involved youth of color.


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McGinn proposes changes in the wake of fatal stabbing


McGinn proposes changes in the wake of fatal stabbing

By Joel Moreno
Published: Sep 16, 2013 at 5:32 PM PDT Last Updated: Sep 16, 2013 at 6:15 PM PDT

SEATTLE — Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is proposing extensive public safety changes in response to a deadly stabbing outside a Sounders game on Friday.

Investigators say Donnel Jackson killed Troy Wolff and injured his girlfriend, Kristin Ito, in the random knife attack.

Police say Jackson is schizophrenic, and on Monday McGinn said the city needs to do more to address mental illness.

As for Jackson, a judge decided to hold him on $2 million bail, saying his alleged crimes have rattled the community’s sense of safety. Jackson declined to go before the judge and let his attorney do the talking.

Assistant Seattle Police Chief Nick Metz joined McGinn to talk about changes they are proposing.

“This, to me, was an extremely shocking event,” Metz said.

Among other changes, McGinn said the police department needs more officers.

“We will be reporting to you later what this budget has in it in regards to police officers, and we will be making additional investments,” he said.

McGinn also plans to push state lawmakers to fund more treatment beds, so mentally ill patients can be evaluated and helped instead of left on the streets.

“In the city of Seattle we are not going to wait for Olympia,” McGinn said. “We will continue pushing them.”

Friday’s stabbing evokes memories of other incidents, including the murder of Seattle fire captain Stanley Stevenson in 1997 as his family left a Mariners game at the Kingdome. More recently, Seattle police gunned down a man with mental problems in Magnolia.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg has long called for changes in the mental health system, saying what’s in place now doesn’t work.

“The street is no place to get better if you are mentally ill, and it’s a place where people get much much worse,” he said.

McGinn plans to convene a summit with the Downtown Seattle Association and others to talk about what can be done to identify and help mentally ill people who are on the streets and in crisis.

He said any solution is bound to cost more money, which could translate into new fees or taxes.

Ito remains at Harborview Medical Center, but her condition has been upgraded to satisfactory.

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My 10 Promises to you as Mayor in my First Year

Seattle voters have less than 5 days to make their decision on Seattle’s next mayor. Our campaign has had the strongest message to move our city forward and make sure we include all our citizens in our success. I am the only candidate with a plan to fix our traffic and public safety issues. I will provide our schools the resources to succeed. During this election, we have had the most debates and forums and the Seattle Times wrote, “an ex-football star who has dominated debates this campaign season.” A network of neighborhood newspapers wrote, “When Harrell talks, he doesn’t parse his words; he says what he means, and he means what he says…Harrell may be the type of strong, capable leader who arises in the city once in a generation.”

I will listen and be a mayor you can trust. But most importantly, my job as Mayor is to help you succeed and improve the quality of life for you and your family. This is my promise to you as mayor in my first year:

1) “College for Everyone” – New College Endowment Fund

As mayor, I will allow every graduate in Seattle Public Schools the option of attending a local college tuition-free for one year. Our youth will see opportunity beyond high school.

2) 20 Community Service Officers

As mayor, I will hire 20 new community service officers who will come from your neighborhood and will walk your streets to protect you. Four will be deployed in each precinct, reflecting and knowing the communities they serve. They will strengthen our community presence, build relationships, obtain street intelligence and conduct outreach for our police department. Community-service officers will forge a stronger link in neighborhoods between police and residents.

3) Empowerment Centers

The City is underutilizing our community centers as a resource. As mayor, I will re-engineer our community centers into Empowerment Centers. In those facilities, we will empower students to be leaders; seniors to use technology and embrace physical fitness; young adults to develop self-esteem. These centers will provide better life skills for our community that go beyond basic athletics. I have met with Magic Johnson to bring this concept to Seattle to provide our communities access to resources and programming that educate, empower and strengthen individuals.

4) Implement “Street Bump” App to Solve Pothole Problem

Do you drive over an annoying pothole every day? Shouldn’t the city know about this pothole? As mayor, I will implement a new software system to automatically report a pothole to the City. The app is called “Street Bump” and would allow drivers with smartphones to automatically report a pothole to the City as soon as they hit a pothole. This is an innovative, smart public safety and technology solution to fix potholes as soon as possible, save the city money, and improve the drivers’ experience on the roads.

5) Office of Innovation

As mayor, I will create the Office of Innovation. The Office of Innovation will serve as the City’s incubator for pilot projects that will help residents and businesses. I will build partnerships between city departments, regional businesses and entrepreneurs to develop improved services that will make our city better and your lives a little bit easier. We will re-invent public-private partnerships and connect great ideas and the smarts of Seattleites to improve education, safety and neighborhood connectivity.

6) Make Seattle the hub for “the hottest job in the 21st century”

As mayor, I will spur job growth. Data science is a new field that will revolutionize businesses, government, health care and academia. Big Data is the embracement of technology, decision making and public policy. Data scientists examine large datasets, use mathematical models to analyze it, create visualizations to explain it and then make recommendations. In the next five years, there will be almost half a million jobs plus an additional 1.5 million in support staff positions. To meet the demand, the United States will need to increase the number of graduates in this field by as much as 60 percent. The Big Data market will grow to $24 billion by 2016. The size of the digital universe will grow to 40 trillion gigabytes by 2020, up from 130 billion in 2005. I will work with the University of Washington to ensure we are out-competing other schools in Big Data courses, degree programs and certificate programs. UW has opened the eScience Institute for studying data and has a new Ph.D. program in Big Data.

7) Deploy Body Cameras on Police Officers in First Year

As mayor, I will deploy Body-Worn-Video cameras to 800 officers. Studies from other cities report these results: police departments had an 88 percent decline in the number of complaints filed against officers, officers also used force nearly 60 percent less often, when force was used, it was twice as likely to have been applied by the officers who weren’t wearing cameras during that shift. All parties stand to benefit, the public is protected from police misconduct, officers are protected from false complaints and the city’s judgment claim fund reduces.

8) New Police Chief

As mayor, I will hire a new Police Chief that is inspirational, smart, thoughtful and proactive. He or she must command the respect of the rank and file and its leadership and give the equal amount of respect to them. He or she must be able to demand from the command staff accountability, transparency and zero tolerance for having a wedge driven between rank and file and command staff. Under my leadership, we will have a chief who is capable of openly engaging with the community, and committed to building an environment of excellence rooted in continual learning, development and improvement. Our chief will be bold.

9) Proactive Policing Plan, Advanced Data-Driven Policing, and Gun Shot Locator System:

Demanding arrest and charge data, I determined that between 2010 and 2012, the police identified 206 occurrences of Pedestrian Interference. This includes Obstruction and Aggressive Begging. But during that same time frame, only 24 people were charged for Aggressive Begging. The City prosecuted 20 and over 1/3 pled guilty. So what does this data mean? The law is effective and the problem is the lack of analysis between what is happening out there on the streets and what is happening in the courtroom. The percentage of arrests to prosecutions has to be higher and the percentages have to be defined and measured. As mayor, I will demand police metrics and performance through a Proactive Policing Plan that holds the police department accountable.

In 2010, I directed the City, through the Open Data Initiative ( to publish its data online in machine-readable formats. Applying that approach to SPD will enhance the crime prevention strategies by maximizing crime data analysis to proactively prevent crimes. Companies like IBM provide holistic and integrated data systems that pull information from several regional sources to help fight crime. As mayor, I will examine a 3 phase implementation plan for efficient operations, effective law enforcement and improved transparency in the police department. The analytics will recognize patterns in crime statistics, advance comprehension of the events that trigger crime, and proactively take action to deploy vital police resources.

I was the first elected official to bring up vendors to display technology that would determine the exact location of gunfire when shots occur and allow us to gain intelligence relative to who fired the shots and whether there was a victim. Mike McGinn proposed $957,000 dollars for an automated gunfire locator system, which would have provided 2 miles in coverage. The problem with McGinn’s proposal is that it cost $478,530 to cover a 1-mile radius. Research shows that better options exist that can cover 1-square mile for $40,000-$60,000. As Mayor, I will deploy a cost effective automated gunfire locator system. Police will know the exact location of gunshots, how many shots were fired, the original shooter’s location, speed and direction of travel and exact time of gunfire.

10) Seattle STRIDE: Safety Through Increased Daily Exercise

Seattle will begin building a network of walking groups throughout the city that allows community members to take organized walks in their neighborhood as a means to activate their streets, strengthen their neighborhood relationships and increase the health of its participants. We will make sure our streets are well lit and use our Community Service Officers to build a healthy community, even when our daylight ends early during the winter months.

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