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Category: Seattle Police Department
January 18, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Interim police chief: Reinstate Nick Metz

Mayor Ed Murray’s appointment of Harry C. Bailey to interim police chief is laudable [“New interim chief to head Seattle Police Department,” Local News, Jan. 7]. Bailey is known throughout the Seattle community for his integrity, professionalism and duty to service. Perhaps some of the previous decisions by Interim Chief Jim Pugel can now…

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0 Comments | More in Seattle Police Department | Topics: Harry C. Bailey, Mayor Ed Murray, Nick Metz

September 29, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Seattle Police Department volunteers

A tremendous job My team, Monster and Sea, participated in the 60-mile walk to help fund breast-cancer research this past weekend. I cannot go another minute without telling everyone what a tremendous job the volunteers from Seattle Police Department did. They decorated their bikes and rode every mile beside the walkers, encouraging, praising and creating an atmosphere…

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0 Comments | More in Seattle Police Department | Topics: breast cancer walk, cancer, Seattle Police Department

September 27, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Police use surveillance to identify criminals

Downtown needs more cameras I see in local television coverage that the police are seeking public assistance in identifying a criminal by viewing footage from a surveillance camera. Seems that every week or so we see surveillance-camera footage on the news accompanied by a request for public assistance. Aren’t these the same kind of cameras that the…

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0 Comments | More in Public safety, Seattle Police Department | Topics: ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union, safety

September 16, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Seattle cops go undercover at Seahawks game

Violence is unacceptable I am writing in regard to the Seattle Police Department’s decision to send undercover officers dressed as 49er fans to CenturyLink Field. [“Undercover fans on duty,” page one, Sept. 13.] If you and I board a city bus, and I decide for my own reasons to approach you aggressively and threaten you with…

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0 Comments | More in Public safety, Seattle, Seattle Police Department, Seattle Seahawks, Sports | Topics: fans, safety, seahawks

September 13, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Seattle police dress in 49er gear to patrol Seahawks game

Sent police downtown 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…

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0 Comments | More in Seattle Police Department, Seattle Seahawks | Topics: safety, seahawks, Seattle Police Department

May 3, 2013 at 7:32 AM

May Day protests turn violent

Violence distracts from protesters’ message A little night music at the May Day rally yesterday, and the next morning, all they’re talking about is the violence [“Day of peaceful protests turns rowdier at night,” page one, May 2].We won the eight-hour workday, 40-hour workweek, sick leave, medical care, competitive-wage scales and safe working conditions because labor…

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0 Comments | More in Seattle Police Department | Topics: May Day, police, protest

April 28, 2013 at 7:05 AM

City proposal to stop paying police-union head

Seattle should stop paying Sgt. Rich O’Neill’s salary No one should be receiving pay from two separate employers and the union president should be making a choice between serving the general population or serving his own personal constituency, the members of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild [“City wants to stop paying salary of police union head,”…

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0 Comments | More in Seattle Police Department | Topics: police union, Rich O'Neill, Seattle Police Department

April 21, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Seattle Police Department finally briefs city panel on May Day report

SPD should have acknowledged mistakes earlier It is unfortunate that without the persistence of City Councilmember Bruce Harrell and The Seattle Times to wrest information from the Seattle Police Department command staff regarding the May Day riots of this past year, we would never have received all of the answers [“City panel finally briefed on…

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April 13, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Jim Pugel, Seattle’s new police chief

 Give more details about how department plans to move forward It is important that people understand what is happening within the departments of people who are assigned to serve and protect us [“The man who will soon lead SPD,” front page, April 11].The article mentioned a few times how the Seattle Police Department is “moving forward”…

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March 8, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Seattle Mayor McGinn and City Attorney Holmes debate police reform

Unification is necessary My personal experience with Seattle police has been basically positive. Nevertheless, based on the local news and the Justice Department’s findings, many of us are convinced reforms are necessary to create better and more responsible police force. So let’s get on with it. Let’s end the City Hall political infighting and the foot-dragging by…

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0 Comments | More in Reform, Seattle, Seattle Police Department | Topics: Merrick Bobb, Miek McGinn, Peter Holmes

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