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posted Friday, July 11 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 28
It takes a village: SPD Chief Kathleen O'Toole and Mayor Ed Murray discuss plans to improve public safety
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It takes a village: SPD Chief Kathleen O'Toole and Mayor Ed Murray discuss plans to improve public safety

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Newly appointed Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole, who has been in charge of the Seattle Police Department for a little over two weeks, told Seattle Gay News at the 2014 Pride Parade that she is seeking citizen input to create a policing plan for each community.

'I plan to spend a lot of time in the field, interacting with police officers on the front lines, and members of the community we serve,' O'Toole said. 'I've always felt that people living and working in our neighborhoods have the most valuable perspectives on the challenges we face. With the input of cops on the beat, and members of the community, we'll develop community policing plans for each neighborhood of the city.'

With all of the trouble that SPD has gotten itself into over the last decade or so - particularly the last four years - Chief O'Toole's message is a welcome one.

The new chief says she has heard that people want more officers on bike and foot patrols, more officer hires that reflect the ethnicity of their neighborhoods, and more open lines of communication with the precincts.

O'Toole also stated her four main priorities: restoring public trust, restoring department pride and professionalism, addressing crime and disorder in our neighborhoods, and managing effectively and efficiently.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and O'Toole seem to echo each other. Recently, Murray told the media, 'Public safety is more than just about police reform. Public safety, he said, is also about dealing with homelessness, building trust between police and communities, having appropriate social services in place, and having parks and recreation centers offer programs, particularly to the youth.'

'We suggested a number of plans we're going to develop by neighborhood...[for] public safety,' Murray said. Chief O'Toole will be leading the effort in setting up these plans.

Murray has also mentioned doing 'safety walks' with police and council members throughout neighborhoods to identify where problems are.

Plans for 'community policing' is one of the top priorities for Murray. Getting the police officers out of cars and getting to know people in the neighborhoods is one step toward public safety, he said. Other plans include expanding the community center hours and teen youth programs.

Murray, who is usually praised for working with the feds, has said that Seattle would not work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

'Our police are not going to be involved in helping the federal government...[and] will not be used to arrest anybody simply because of their legal status,' Murray said.

As for O'Toole and her ability to lead the police department, Murray has full confidence in her.

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