Mayor Jenny Durkan announced a new proposal on Friday, which would seek to implement an alternative 911 call model that caters to specialized responses beyond law enforcement.
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Unveiling the proposal alongside Councilmember Lisa Herbold, Durkan described the measure as a means to providing “effective alternatives to a sworn officer” for non-emergency wellness check calls.
“This specialized triage response will be a critical resource as we work to address the needs of our communities while reducing the need for sworn officers,” she said Friday.
Councilmembers have targeted a “right-sizing” of the city’s emergency response efforts for months, culminating in a unanimous vote in late May to transfer 911 operations out of the Seattle Police Department and into the civilian-controlled Community Safety and Communications Center (CSCC).
Durkan and Herbold’s new proposal will focus on a separate aspect of 911 response efforts, designed to triage certain non-emergency calls so that unarmed behavioral health professionals can be sent out to provide assistance in place of armed police officers.
“Not every call to 911 requires an armed response,” Herbold said. “The specialized triage response model proposal is both creative thinking and a data-informed innovation, providing a qualified response to folks who require assistance but do not represent a threat.”
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If passed, these calls would be funneled by the CSCC to the Seattle Fire Department’s Mobile Integrated Health program, which would then send out responders itself.
Expressing support for the measure on Friday was interim

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