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August 26, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Seattle police create position to target downtown crime

Seattle police Assistant Chief Mike Washburn will lead an effort to focus on downtown crime.

Washburn was the department’s chief of staff until last month, when Mike Wagers was named the department’s chief operating officer. Wager’s position is essentially a chief-of-staff role, said department spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb.

On Tuesday, Whitcomb said the department is still formalizing Washburn’s precise title, which will either be chief of strategic problem solving or chief of strategic policing.

“He will focus on downtown crime and disorder,” Whitcomb said. “The position will follow trends and issues and in theory he could be deployed city-wide to focus on a single issue or to a specific precinct or neighborhood to focus on issues that are geographic.”

The position comes less than two weeks after police Chief Kathleen O’Toole made a number of significant command staff changes, including promoting Assistant Chief Carmen Best to serve as deputy chief and second in command.

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