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Council approves expansion of license plate reading technology for police vehicles

Tool aimed at improving public safety, preventing crimes, and helping investigations SEATTLE – The Seattle City Council passed legislation today that will expand automated license plate reader (ALPR) technology to the entire Seattle Police Department’s fleet. This technology is an important tool to help address crime across the city, both in-progress activity and investigations after-the-fact....

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Council Passes Legislation to Demolish Dangerous, Vacant Buildings

The emergency legislation will take effect immediately after being signed by the Mayor SEATTLE – The Seattle City Council unanimously passed legislation today that would allow the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) to swiftly order the demolition or remediation of unsafe vacant buildings that pose risks to public safety. The bill was sponsored by Councilmembers Bob...

Councilmember Kettle on Seattle police leadership change
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Councilmember Kettle on Seattle police leadership change

Seattle City Councilmember Bob Kettle (District 7, Chair of the Public Safety Committee) issued the following statement after Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that Sue Rahr will become interim Chief of the Police Department: “I respect Mayor Bruce Harrell’s decision and look forward to working with Interim Chief Rahr on our public safety challenges. Further, we...

Seattle City Council approves bill to accelerate police hiring
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Seattle City Council approves bill to accelerate police hiring

The Seattle City Council unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Council President Sara Nelson (Position 9) and Councilmember Bob Kettle (District 7) to accelerate police hiring in Seattle. “One of our most fundamental responsibilities as a city government is to provide public safety. Right now, we are losing too many officers to achieve that goal. This...

Mayor Harrell Signs New Police Contract to Support Recruitment and Accountability After Council Passage
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Mayor Harrell Signs New Police Contract to Support Recruitment and Accountability After Council Passage

Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell signed a new contract with rank-and-file police officers into law following its passage by the City Council. The agreement is an important step to addressing Seattle’s police staffing crisis, expanding civilian public safety responses, and strengthening police accountability. “The new police officer contract is a needed step forward to advance our vision...

Seattle Councilmembers declare support for Mayor’s independent review of allegations against SPD leadership
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Seattle Councilmembers declare support for Mayor’s independent review of allegations against SPD leadership

Seattle City Councilmembers Bob Kettle (District 7, Chair of the Public Safety Committee) and Cathy Moore (District 5, member of the Public Safety Committee) announced their support for Mayor Bruce Harrell’s independent review into allegations made against Seattle Police Department leadership. Additionally, Councilmember Moore has sent a letter to SPD about the 30×30 Report, asking...

Pike Place in Seattle.
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Seattle City Council approves plan for a collaborative review evaluating future uses of Pike Place street

Seattle City Councilmember Bob Kettle (District 7) released the following statement after the Council passed the Seattle Transportation Plan. That plan included an amendment, sponsored by Councilmember Kettle, setting up a collaborative process to evaluate future uses of the Pike Place thoroughfare: “As the councilmember that represents the district Pike Place is in, I am...

Seattle City Councilmember Kettle’s 100-day message: ‘We can not allow acceptance of our public safety challenges’
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Seattle City Councilmember Kettle’s 100-day message: ‘We can not allow acceptance of our public safety challenges’

As the new Seattle City Council passes its 100th day in office, Councilmember Bob Kettle (District 7, Chair of the Public Safety Committee) is issuing an open letter to all Seattleites. In it, he urges the community not to become resigned to the current state of the city’s public safety challenges and lays out his...

The Seattle City Council during its first meeting of 2024.
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New Seattle City Councilmembers sworn-in during inauguration ceremony at City Hall

The seven winning candidates from November’s General Election were just sworn-in as Seattle City Councilmembers. Five of the seven individuals are new councilmembers, the most in more than a century. Two others are returning for their second term in office. More information about each of them, including quotes can be found below. Rob Saka (District...