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December 15, 2014 at 3:28 PM

O’Toole opens all 5 assistant chief jobs to competition

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole announced Monday she will open the department’s five assistant chief positions to competition beginning in January, a move that could lead to a significant realignment in the top ranks. Applications will be open to anyone in the department who holds the rank of lieutenant or above, including the current assistant…

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December 1, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Police block marchers from mall in latest Westlake protest

Hundreds of police greeted protesters at Westlake Center mall Monday night, blocking their access and keeping watch as they took to downtown streets to protest the Ferguson grand jury decision. The protest did not seem to hamper shoppers at the mall, unlike Friday night when Westlake Center closed early when protesters disrupted the evening’s activities….

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September 13, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Saturday Memo: Pot tickets may be torn up … King Felix in Night Court … Can Huskies play D?

Weather: It’s all clear skies and sunshine for the next three days, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Highs will be in the upper 70s and low 80s. Conditions are prime to see the northern lights. Chief wants pot tickets torn up: Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole has asked the…

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September 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Chief O’Toole to seek dismissal of pot tickets written by single officer

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole has asked city attorneys to seek the dismissal of  all of the citations issued by a bicycle officer who wrote 80 percent of the tickets during the first half of this year for using marijuana in public. The request to the City Attorney’s Office is based on a conclusion the 66 citations…

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September 7, 2014 at 4:27 PM

SPD says stepped-up Capitol Hill patrols are working

Stepped-up patrols on Capitol Hill that were ordered to address a recent spike in crime are already yielding dividends, the Seattle Police Department says. On Saturday night, cops arrested a juvenile for reportedly threatening to kill a security guard and, in a separate incident, nabbed a man for indecent liberties after seeing him grab a woman…

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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,…

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August 14, 2014 at 6:10 PM

SPD Assistant Chief Carmen Best promoted to deputy chief

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole announced Thursday the promotion of Assistant Chief Carmen Best to deputy chief and second in command of the department. O’Toole also announced other organizational changes. Here is her statement: “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Carmen Best to Deputy Chief of the Seattle Police Department. Since I was appointed, Carmen…

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July 28, 2014 at 6:16 PM

SPD Chief O’Toole announces top staff appointments

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole today announced her first major appointment to her top staff. In a posting on a department website, O’Toole wrote: “I am pleased to announce that I have added Mike Wagers to my staff as SPD’s Chief Operating Officer. Mike will oversee the Patrol Support Bureau, Administrative Services, Information Technology, Human Resources and…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Kathleen O'Toole, Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle Police Department

June 23, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Kathleen O’Toole confirmed as Seattle police chief

In an 8-1 vote, the City Council today confirmed Kathleen O’Toole to serve as chief of the Seattle Police Department. O’Toole, who was nominated by Mayor Ed Murray on May 19 after a nationwide search, became the first woman to be selected for the job on a full-time basis. She previously served as Boston’s first female police…

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June 4, 2014 at 2:45 PM

SPD-chief nominee O’Toole: ‘Time to restore public trust’

Former Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen O’Toole is appearing before the Seattle City Council’s public-safety committee this afternoon in the first round of confirmation proceedings to consider her nomination as Seattle’s next police chief. O’Toole said one of the first things she wants to do, if confirmed,  is restore community trust. She also wants to spend “lots of…

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