Call to Action!
Seattle Police Department Funding Cuts Under Consideration by Council
You may have read recently that the Seattle City Council is considering a 50 percent cut to the Seattle Police Department (SPD) for the remainder of 2020. You can read more about the Council’s discussion from this week here.
Late Friday, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best issued a memo to Mayor Durkan that provided an assessment on the impacts of a 50% budget cut for the department, including details about layoffs and cuts to specific operations units. You can view Chief Best’s memo here. In response, Mayor Durkan announced initial actions to transform the Seattle Police Department and reimagine community safety. Check out the Press Release here.
For more information, check out some of the news coverage on this issue. Seattle Times, KOMO, Crosscut, and KING5
It is important that City Council hears from you and your concerns about public safety in our community! If you have questions about the City Council’s plans or an opinion to share, please contact District 2 Councilmember Tammy Morales as well as the full City Council.
Virtual Public Comment Opportunity
On Wednesday, July 15th 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 at 8am to provide public comment. Registration can be found here.
It is anticipated that this matter will move quickly at council and we will provide additional updates as more details become available.