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Meet the team that will transform the Seattle Police Department
Today Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle Police Chief John Diaz introduced to the public a new team of Seattle police officers who will lead the implementation of our SPD 20/20 Plan: A Vision for the Future.
The new team consists of 34 members, led by Assistant Police Chief Mike Sanford, and is broken up by initiative, with individual officers taking on leadership on each of the 20 initiatives that make up SPD 20/20.
“We have put in place a cohesive team of leaders who live by Seattle’s values every day, and demonstrate excellence to their peers” said Assistant Police Chief Mike Sanford. “The team members charged with implementing the 20 initiatives come from every unit and every precinct in SPD. Their experience and established relationships in the department will enable them to lead this effort from the ground up.”
“This is an unprecedented commitment to reform,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “To transform a large organization, you need leadership from within and by example. These officers are some of the best and brightest that SPD has to offer, and their values of customer service, respect for individual rights and collaboration with the community will lead the way to a new era for SPD.”
The mayor also announced a new website that will enable the public to track the implementation of the 20/20 Plan. The website, found at seattle.gov/spd2020, will be updated weekly with new information, and includes a tool that shows our progress on each individual initiative and milestone, as well as our progress overall.
The mayor also outlined our other transparency efforts, including a weekly email bulletin updating the public on our progress (sign up at seattle.gov/spd2020) and the SPD 20/20 Speaker’s Bureau. The Speaker’s Bureau is a team of experts drawn from SPD officers and the mayor’s office who are available upon request to deliver presentations on 20/20 progress to community groups. The presentation will be constantly updated as new information on 20/20 implementation becomes available.
“We encourage the public to hold us accountable for our progress” said Mayor McGinn. “Keep an eye on our 20/20 tracking website, sign up for our weekly bulletin on 20/20 progress, and if you have questions, sign up for our Speaker’s Bureau so we can come out to your community group to answer questions and address concerns face-to-face.”
Posted by: Words: April Thomas, Pictures: Jen Nance