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September 14, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Mayor’s budget includes money for new officers, gunshot locator system

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn wants to hire 10 new police officers, invest in new video equipment for police cars and buy a gunshot-locator system — and has included more than $1 million toward those goals in his proposed 2013-14 budget.

“By hiring new officers and giving them new tools, we can help protect public safety in Seattle,” McGinn said in a statement. “Public safety is a top priority for the community and it’s a top priority for me.”

The mayor’s budget also includes $5 million annually to implement the 20/20 plan and the settlement agreements with the Department of Justice, though the full scope of 20/20 plan costs aren’t yet known, according to the mayor’s news release.

The city wants to install up to 52 mobile gunshot locator units, with each having a minimum 600-foot radius range and the ability to pinpoint a gunshot to within a 50-foot radius. The units also can stream video and determine the caliber of weapon that was fired with a 90 percent accuracy rate.

Hiring 10 new officers would bring the department’s total to 1,310.

McGinn will announce complete details of his proposed budget next week.

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