Just days before the Seattle City Council votes to defund the city’s police department, the department launched a website that allows residents to access policing data, current job postings, and community policing programs.
Explore the new website here
Chief Carmen Best wrote a letter to Seattle residents on the Seattle Police Blotter, touting her department as a national model for policing.
Best’s letter:
I, and the entire Seattle Police Department, have heard loud and clear the demands of so many in the community. We understand what gives voice to these appeals. We acknowledge the history of policing, and we commit to growing and improving policing.
The SPD has fostered trust during the past 10 years under the federal consent decree, but we know there’s more work to be done. We are committed to learning from our past.
There is absolutely no question: we will do better.
The Seattle Police Department is a national model for modern policing because of its commitment to continuous improvement. We met and exceeded every component of the consent decree.
We continue to demonstrate that we are devoted to innovation. We embrace transparency and oversight, and have one of the most robust accountability systems in the country that includes the civilian-led Office of Police Accountability, the Office of Inspector General and the Community Police Commission.
We know there is room for improvement. That is why these systems are in place; so we can learn, evolve and hold accountable those who knowingly violate policies or public trust.
Your police department hears you. I hear you.
The SPD has

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