A 25-year Seattle Police Department veteran was appointed the commander of the South Precinct on Thursday.
Capt. David Proudfoot is the eighth South Precinct commander since 2006. He was appointed by Chief Kathleen O’Toole, who cited his experience working at every rank in the South Precinct. He was an officer in the South and East precincts, worked on the hostage negotiation teams, and as a patrol squad sergeant and Harbor Unit sergeant, according to the police department.
He was promoted to lieutenant in 2008 as the South Precinct watch commander and was a watch commander in the North Precinct the following year.
He served as the communications section operations lieutenant from 2011 through 2013. Since January he has assisted with the department’s transition and adherence to the settlement agreement as the lieutenant in the education and training section.
“It is an honor to be named the Precinct Commander of the South Precinct,” Proudfoot said. “It has been my privilege to serve this community and its officers as an officer, sergeant and lieutenant. It is now my privilege to serve these communities as we work to restore their trust, restore SPD Pride and professionalism, while continuing to address crime and quality of life.”
Lt. Steve Strand has served as South Precinct acting captain since May, when Capt. John Hayes announced he was leaving the South Precinct to take a job reassignment.