Call to Action!

Seattle Police Department Funding Cuts Under Consideration by Council

Last week we shared information about the current proposal Seattle City Council is considering for a 50 percent cut to the Seattle Police Department (SPD) for the remainder of 2020.

The SODO BIA , along with the Manufacturing Industrial Council, Georgetown Community Council and 15 other organizations from across the city came together and submitted a letter to City Council members to articulate some key concerns about the budget cuts, process, engagement and timeline.

Here is a copy of the letter that was sent to the Seattle City Council on July 14, 2020.

Our organization continues to collaborate with partnering neighborhoods and organizations to push the City Council to take the time that is needed for a meaningful engagement process that will lead to positive change.

City Council members are hearing from a lot of community members in support of the 50% budget cut to SPD.
We are calling on you to use your voice and contact City Council about your views on the proposal and concerns with the process. Now is the time that City Council hears from you and your views on public safety in our community!

Here’s How You Can Use Your Voice!

Send an E-mail Now:

Please take a moment to send an e-mail to City Council right away. It is critically important that we take this opportunity to have our views and concerns on public safety known to the elected leadership of our city.

Here is a sample email of what to include

Send an e-mail to the whole City Council at

Virtual Public Comment Opportunity:
On Wednesday, July 22nd at 10am there is an opportunity to provide virtual public comment to the Seattle City Council Budget Committee. The public comment period begins at 10am, but you must register ahead of time starting Wednesday morning at 8am to provide public comment. Registration can be found here.