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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 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

August 22, 2013 at 6:26 AM

Seattle Police Department and city attorney

City attorney at fault Finally, you have identified the major problem with crime in this city, in a great article by Steve Miletich and Lynn Thompson. [“SPD request to crack down on ‘repeat offenders’ denied,” NW Wednesday, Aug. 21.] It’s not the Seattle Police Department; It is our city attorney, who refuses to do his job…

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0 Comments | More in Politics, Seattle | Topics: city attorney, crime, repeat offenders

August 7, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Cop cameras recording license plates

Surveillance, database are disturbing The article on the police surveillance cameras was disturbing on many levels. [“Cop cameras capture your license plates,” page one, Aug. 4.] If the system can identify the tags of stolen cars, parking-ticket scofflaws and the cars of any other targeted persons of interest instantly, why is it necessary to store this…

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0 Comments | Topics: database, license plates, Seattle Police Department

May 6, 2013 at 7:48 AM

May Day protests turn violent

Seattle police did well but could have made more arrests I, for one, was happy to see the increased police action at this year’s May Day marches [“Day of peaceful protests turns rowdier at night,” page one, May 2]. While citizens have the right to “peacefully” assemble, they in no way have any right to do so…

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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

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