Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tonight Give Input On Search For New Police Chief

The City of Seattle is requesting public input on the search for a new permanent Police Chief.

A series of community events and workshops are being held in each City Police precincts.   

A workshop tonight, open to all Seattle residents, is for the North Precinct, which serves Laurelhurst and other northeast neighborhoods, and is from 5:30-7pm at the North – Northgate Community Center (10510 5th Avenue NE).

Seattle residents can  share their thoughts in person on the personal characteristics and professional experience that are most important for the individual leading our police. 

The City of Seattle has also launched an online public Community Input Survey.  

The 25 member Police Search Committee includes community leaders, including many with a criminal justice background.  The Search Committee is leading a national search process and is also working with a national search firm.

Following the community engagement process, the Police Search Committee will conduct interviews with applicants, the Search Committee will submit their recommendations to Mayor Durkan.

Mayor Jenny Durkan has said:
The next police chief must be able to lead our rank and file and be committed to an accountable, diverse police department focused on meaningful and lasting reforms and building trust in the community they serve.   
To find our next police chief, our Police Search Committee is committed to listening to all our residents, including those in communities that have the greatest distrust of police and the criminal justice system.  
The input and leadership from Seattle neighborhoods and communities is critical to helping recruit the right Chief, so I hope our residents will take this quick survey to ensure their voice heard. 
The voice of the community is a powerful and essential part of selecting our next police chief.  Our next chief must be committed, to deepening the relationship between our neighborhoods that have been disproportionately targeted by our criminal justice system; and to building a diverse and progressive justice system with meaningful and lasting police reform.

Go here for more information.

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