Update at 2:34 p.m.: Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh, speaking at a media briefing outside police headquarters, said Seattle police will have a “rather large contingent of officers” along the parade route, although he didn’t provide specific numbers. He said police are preparing for about 300,000 people to gather to honor the Seahawks, but acknowledged there could be more.
Despite the heavy police presence, he said the SPD will continue to patrol the city’s neighborhoods.
Noting that the 12th Man has been respectful all year, McDonagh said police “hope they have that same attitude tomorrow.”
He urged those attending the parade or rally to use public transit and arrive early.
McDonagh also said police were not aware of any threats against the parade, but police were planning for every contingency.
In addition, the department will be assisted by other law enforcement agencies in the area. Sgt. Cindi West, a spokeswoman for the King County Sheriff’s Office, said the sheriff’s office will be among them.
“We are supporting SPD and we are going to be assisting in their parade, ” she said.
West will be out on the street with a bicycle team, she said.
Original post: Seattle police will be out in force during tomorrow’s Seahawks parade.
A department-wide email sent out by Interim Chief Harry Bailey and Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh reads:
“Effective immediately, all individual days off, and normal furlough days are revoked for all employees on 02/05/2014.”
The only exception will be for those employees with vacations that had been approved before Sunday, according to the email.
Police spokesman Mark Jamieson confirmed that the memo was sent out in response to the Seahawks celebration, which will include a parade and rally. Jamieson did not say how the department plans to staff the event or where the largest concentrations of officers will be.
The parade will begin at Fourth Avenue south of Denny Way and proceed south down Fourth, ending at the north entrance of CenturyLink Field, according to the Seahawks. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said this morning that the city expects some 300,000 people will show up for the parade and rally.
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