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The Reader – SPD 20/20 Bulletin

From the Office of Mayor Mike McGinn
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Presenting the SPD 20/20 Bulletin
In addition to the regular issues of Mayor McGinn’s newsletter “The Reader,” we’ll be sending regular updates on the status of SPD 20/20 – A Vision for the Future.

About SPD 20/20
SPD 20/20: A Vision for the Future is a set of 20 new initiatives to be completed over the next 20 months that will help build a great police department that is professional, accountable, effective, and fair. These reforms will also increase the safety of our communities while improving the effectiveness of the police department at preventing and controlling crime. The changes we are proposing are intended to be lasting and sustainable. They will give Seattle a department that earns respect as it protects the people we serve.

We’re also in negotiations with the Department of Justice to determine how best to implement the proposals in their report. Our response to DOJ includes a consent decree and a court appointed monitor. The substance of the consent decree matters, and the technical provisions that define the scope and metrics for the monitor need to move us forward and address reforms important to our community.

The SPD 20/20 Plan will not take the place of a negotiated agreement with the Department of Justice. Both will help us build a great police department.

Assistant Police Chief Mike Sanford on SPD 20/20 implementation
“The SPD 20/20 plan provides us with a tremendous opportunity to partner with our communities, and change the relationship between our city and its police department. We can settle for making superficial changes that will stick only as long as we have the political will to enforce them, or we can fully commit to creating a new culture of respect for individual and customer service in the Seattle Police Department. Today we are demonstrating that commitment to change, and we invite you to hold us accountable.”

See Chief Sanford’s full blog post here.

Meet the SPD 20/20 team
On Thursday, May 10, Mayor McGinn and Chief Diaz introduced to the public the team responsible for implementing SPD 20/20. We also launched the SPD 20/20 website, where you can read the initiatives, track our progress, find events or request a presentation, and learn more about the 32 members of the team.

You can watch a video of Thursday’s press conference here.

SPD 20/20 in the news
Mayor McGinn discussed the SPD 20/20 plan on KUOW Monday morning.

Upcoming Events (for more see

May 17: 12:00 p.m. – 20/20 briefing by Chief Sanford to Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce, Best Western Plus Executive Inn (200 Taylor Ave N)

May 24: 3:00 p.m. – 20/20 briefing by Chief Sanford, Rainier Chamber of Commerce (5290 Rainier Ave S)

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Posted by: Nathaniel Merrill


Comment from Karen Husted
Time May 16, 2012 at 9:21 am

What do you have to say about Seattle conspiring with Homeland Security to spy on OWS? Lawsuits coming I hope.