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October 31, 12:13 PM click here to comment > 5

Revenue forecast allows us to hire 20 new police officers

It is a regular part of the budget process each year that we provide to Council an update in early November on our revenue projections. The last two years, we have all held our breath waiting for these updates, worrying we would have to identify more cuts. Fortunately, things are a little different this year. The revenue forecast predicts we will collect an additional $1.9 million in revenue. We are proposing to hire 20 new police officers in our 2013-14 budget. That increases the force by 10 officers in 2013, and an additional 10 on top of that in 2014, by using the additional funds. This would bring the Seattle Police Department’s total sworn officers to 1,320 in 2014, up from 1,300 in 2012. These additional positions will allow SPD to continue meeting or exceeding the outcomes in the Neighborhood Policing Plan, and help continue the emphasis patrols launched in 2012 in response to violent crime.

Additional police officers are an important part of fighting crime, but we will not build safe communities just by expanding our hiring. The budget I proposed in September includes $1.68 million in funding for 450 new spots in the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. Since we began that program there have been no youth homicides under the age of 18, and referrals to Juvenile Court have dropped in the neighborhoods served by the Initiative more rapidly than in the city as a whole. We are also proposing to give new tools to our officers by funding a gunshot locator system, helping them respond more quickly and effectively to gun violence. Several cities have had success with these systems, including Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Richmond, CA.

Posted by: Mayor Mike McGinn

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Time November 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm

[…] year. The revenue forecast predicts we will collect an additional $1.9 million in revenue. We are proposing to hire 20 new police officers in our 2013-14 budget. That increases the force by 10 officers in 2013, and an additional 10 on top of that in 2014, by […]

Comment from Norah Willett
Time November 1, 2012 at 1:54 pm

That’s really good news.

Comment from Jennifer G.
Time November 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I think that hiring more peace officers is a good move for the city of Seattle. However, what steps have been taken in a positive direction towards the population of the homeless, especially homeless families with kids? Hiring more officers is great on one end of the spectrum. On the other is help for those with no resources. From what I hear/see, Seattle has decided not to take the homeless problem very seriously.

Jenn G.

Comment from Tax Payor
Time November 5, 2012 at 7:26 am

It is sad you are going to hire 20 more police BUT you are also buying remotely controled planes to spy on people …. Sounds like a police state to me.

Comment from S. Lippek
Time November 6, 2012 at 11:40 am

Is hiring more police officers going to be a good move, when it is clear from the Department of Justice investigation that we are not adequately training, supervising, or providing oversight to the officers we do have? Effective community policing is accomplished when communities TRUST law enforcement and COLLABORATE with the police to make neighborhoods safer. Relationships with the community are more important than numbers of officers.