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September 13, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Seattle police dress in 49er gear to patrol Seahawks game

Sent police downtown

Greg Skahill 25, kept his ticket to the 2012 Green Bay Packers versus Seattle Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field where he was knocked unconcious. Police are going undercover to try to keep order at the stadium this year. [Erika Schultz, The Seattle Times.]

Greg Skahill 25, kept his ticket to the 2012 Green Bay Packers versus Seattle Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field where he was knocked unconcious. Police are going undercover to try to keep order at the stadium this year. [Erika Schultz, The Seattle Times.]

What’s up with Seattle Police Department (SPD) officers playing dress-up to attend Seahawks games for free? [“Undercover fans on duty,” page one, Sept. 13.]

I don’t remember there being a problem with fans in losing years. Are they lining up to get a security gig dressing up as opposing fans at the Mariner’s games too?

Weren’t the stadiums supposed to bring in more jobs to the area instead of using up SPD budgets to run? If you need increased security for a paid venue, then use the funds from those high-priced tickets to employ some able-bodied Seattleites to work stadium security.

The SPD can play “secret agent man” downtown, buying drugs on Third and Pike and arresting the drug dealers. I expect that in the time it takes Russell Wilson and his crew to defeat an opponent, the SPD could make a dozen arrests and seriously decrease the crime in the downtown area.

This is what we pay them for, and they can dress up however they want if they just get the job done.

Melissa Hyatt, Seattle

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