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September 5, 2014 at 7:23 AM

Seattle Police already reaching out to diverse communities

While work remains to build SPD into the best police service in the nation, our outreach to the diverse communities of Seattle is vast [“In wake of Ferguson, expand Seattle police outreach to more communities of color,” Opinion, Aug. 28]. Some of the ways that SPD reaches out to engage these communities include: Demographic advisory councils,…


Comments | Topics: diversity, Ed Murray, Seattle Police Department

August 31, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Seattle police lawsuit: Criticism should come from within

In a free society there is a need for law and order [“SPD officers say city ‘playing politics’ with their lives,” Local News, Aug. 28]. That need requires personnel of quality and, in many cases. quantity. Criticizing the very body that provides this need has got to be truthful and logical. At any company there…


Comments | Topics: department of justice, law enforcement, Seattle Police Department

August 26, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Use general fund instead of seeking levy for Seattle police and fire

Here we go again. Blow the general fund on bicycle priorities, art work, and then beg for dollars in levies to fund the basics like police, fire, criminal justice and other infrastructure that are the backbone of what government was intended to be there for. [“Mayor to seek levy to pay for police and…


Comments | Topics: Ed Murray, property taxes, Seattle Police Department

June 24, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Seattle police reforms: Walk a mile in police officers’ shoes first

In Stephen K. Rice and Karen Collins Rice’s guest column on changing the Seattle Police Department’s culture they ask, “How have I contributed to, or detracted from, success?” [“How to change the culture of the Seattle Police Department,” Opinion, June 20]. I have one suggestion to the writers, as well as to City Council…


Comments | More in Seattle Police Department | Topics: Karen Collins Rice, police, Richard Askren

June 3, 2014 at 6:06 AM

Seattle police lawsuit: Hold police accountable

Some Seattle police officers have filed a lawsuit objecting to the court-monitored use-of-force policy [“Reform Seattle police, without the drama,” Opinion, June 1]. They appear to say they want to use force and shoot at their own discretion. As a civil-rights lawyer, I see the other side. I represent the unarmed victims of police…


Comments | More in Seattle Police Department | Topics: John Muenster, lawsuit, seattle police

May 30, 2014 at 6:51 AM

Support lawsuit against DOJ so Seattle police can do their jobs

The U.S. Department of Justice and other civil-rights groups have tied the hands of the Seattle Police Department so it can no longer be effective in dealing with the bad guys [“Seattle cops sue over DOJ reforms,” Local News, May 28]. While no one condones racial profiling or the unreasonable use of force in…


Comments | More in Seattle Police Department | Topics: Charles Hodson, lawsuit, Seattle Police Department

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…


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…


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 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…


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…


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

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