Seattle Police Department http://www.kplu.org en O'Toole Confirmed As 1st Female Chief Of Seattle Police Department http://www.kplu.org/post/otoole-confirmed-1st-female-chief-seattle-police-department <p>The Seattle City Council has confirmed Kathleen O’Toole&nbsp;as the first female chief of the Seattle Police Department.</p><p>With an 8-to-1 vote Monday, the council approved Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s nomination. Council member Kshama Sawant cast the lone dissent vote.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:56:56 +0000 Martha Kang 17336 at http://www.kplu.org O'Toole Confirmed As 1st Female Chief Of Seattle Police Department Murray Nominates Boston's First Female Police Commissioner As New SPD Chief http://www.kplu.org/post/murray-nominates-bostons-first-female-police-commissioner-new-spd-chief <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150325798&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Seattle Mayor Ed Murray&nbsp;has nominated former Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole as new chief of the Seattle Police Department.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If confirmed by the Seattle City Council, </span>O’Toole<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> would be the department’s first female chief.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">Murray has said he wants someone who can “reform and change the culture” on the force and “restore the respect of the community.”</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">"We can be a national model for urban policing, and Kathleen&nbsp;O'Toole&nbsp;is the right choice to lead us there," Murray said Monday.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 17:06:41 +0000 Paula Wissel & The Associated Press 16666 at http://www.kplu.org Murray Nominates Boston's First Female Police Commissioner As New SPD Chief Short List For New Seattle Police Chief Down To Three Names http://www.kplu.org/post/short-list-new-seattle-police-chief-down-three-names <p>A committee searching for Seattle’s next police chief has handed three names to Mayor Ed Murray. The finalists are Elk Grove, California police chief Robert Lehner, Mesa, Arizona chief Frank Milstead and former Boston police commissioner Kathleen O’Toole. Committee co-chair Ron Sims said each candidate is a “change agent,” who clears a very high bar set by the mayor.</p><p>“They don’t make people like he just demanded that we meet. Where are they? But we found them. And I think the public will be incredibly well served by any of these three,” Sims said.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 21:42:42 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 16378 at http://www.kplu.org Short List For New Seattle Police Chief Down To Three Names Seattle Police To Buy Facial Recognition Software — Should Citizens Be Worried? http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-police-buy-facial-recognition-software-should-citizens-be-worried <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Following a decision by the Seattle City Council this week, t</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he Seattle Police Department will soon use facial recognition software</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The ACLU of Washington doesn't think the move will encroach on citizens' rights, but privacy advocates, including Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant, aren’t fond of the new policy.</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 01:05:36 +0000 Kyle Stokes 14774 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Police To Buy Facial Recognition Software — Should Citizens Be Worried? Feds: Seattle Police Now Have Building Blocks For 'Longstanding Reform' http://www.kplu.org/post/feds-seattle-police-now-have-building-blocks-longstanding-reform <p></p><p>The Seattle Police Department has made “significant process” in an effort to reform a culture of excessive use of force and racially-biased policing, U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said on Tuesday.</p><p>“We now have the building blocks to have significant longstanding reform,” said Durkan during a news conference held following a meeting with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Interim Seattle Police Chief Harry Bailey and Assistant U.S. Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels.</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 19:25:08 +0000 Martha Kang 13220 at http://www.kplu.org Feds: Seattle Police Now Have Building Blocks For 'Longstanding Reform' Murray Appoints Veteran Bailey As SPD's New Interim Chief http://www.kplu.org/post/murray-appoints-veteran-bailey-spds-new-interim-chief <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has appointed retired assistant police chief Harry Bailey as the new interim chief for the Seattle Police Department.</span></p><p>Murray said Bailey, a 35-year veteran of the force who retired in 2007, will help implement the court-ordered consent decree while the hiring process for a permanent chief moves forward.</p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 18:35:48 +0000 Martha Kang & Paula Wissel 12380 at http://www.kplu.org Murray Appoints Veteran Bailey As SPD's New Interim Chief Seattle boosts police presence at Rock & Roll Marathon http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-boosts-police-presence-rock-roll-marathon-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle is stepping up its police presence for tomorrow’s Rock and Roll Marathon in the wake of the Boston bombings two months ago. Twenty-thousand runners are expected along <a href="http://cdn.runrocknroll.competitor.com/files/2011/03/sea13-coursemap.pdf">a course</a> that snakes through downtown, south along Lake Washington and over to Mercer Island and back. </span></p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:05:09 +0000 Ashley Gross 9137 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle boosts police presence at Rock & Roll Marathon Complete with hearse, march planned to bury pot prohibition http://www.kplu.org/post/complete-hearse-march-planned-bury-pot-prohibition <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An annual march to support legalization of marijuana will take to Seattle streets&nbsp;Saturday. The Cannabis Freedom March will feature a mock funeral procession for cannabis prohibition, complete with a hearse. Organizers say the time has come to lay anti-marijuana laws to rest.</span></p><p>“2013 is the year to really push,” said organizer Sharon Whitson with Hempfest. “We have legalized cannabis in Colorado, and here in Washington state. We have a number of other states seriously looking at it. And a few states, over the course of this year, have legalized medicinal cannabis, as well.”</p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 22:16:04 +0000 Liam Moriarty 8741 at http://www.kplu.org Complete with hearse, march planned to bury pot prohibition Seattle police ease pot, tattoo rules for recruits http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-police-ease-pot-tattoo-rules-recruits <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">The Seattle Police Department is loosening its rules on marijuana use and tattoos for new officer recruits.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The department used to require that those seeking to join the force not have used pot in the past three years, and not more than 25 times in all. But last fall Washington voters legalized marijuana for personal use by adults, and Mayor Mike McGinn says the department should ease up.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 00:06:59 +0000 The Associated Press 8682 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle police ease pot, tattoo rules for recruits Seattle police working to identify law-breakers in May Day riot http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-police-working-identify-law-breakers-may-day-riot <p></p><p>Seattle police said they’re continuing to investigate crimes committed in the course of an unruly May Day demonstration, but that they’re proud of how officers handled themselves.</p><p>Capt. Chris Fowler said Seattle police incorporated some important lessons from last year’s May Day protests. They had much longer to plan this year, even treating a small March 15 protest as a “rehearsal.”&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 00:15:16 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 8654 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle police working to identify law-breakers in May Day riot Police monitor reports significant, if uneven, progress toward reform http://www.kplu.org/post/police-monitor-reports-significant-if-uneven-progress-toward-reform <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The court-appointed watch dog monitoring the Seattle </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Police</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Department has completed <a href="http://seattlemonitor.com/uploads/Seattle_First_Semiannual_Report_Final.pdf">his first report </a>on the department's progress, and the report paints a picture of a police force moving unevenly toward reform.</span></p><p>Merrick Bobb and his team's job is to make sure police follow the plan to end excessive use of force and racially-biased policing.</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 22:33:59 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 8586 at http://www.kplu.org Police monitor reports significant, if uneven, progress toward reform Vintage Seattle Police car draws eyes around town http://www.kplu.org/post/vintage-seattle-police-car-draws-eyes-around-town <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At a recent scene of a fight on Seattle's waterfront, most of the </span>gawkers<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> weren't looking at the handcuffed and yelling suspect or the bloodied victim. Instead, their attention and cameras were directed at a fully restored 1970 Plymouth Satellite police cruiser.</span></p><p>It's the common reaction to the vehicle driven by 30-year-veteran Officer Jim Ritter. By his count, the Plymouth has caused at least three fender-benders.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 00:01:00 +0000 The Associated Press 8546 at http://www.kplu.org Vintage Seattle Police car draws eyes around town Interim chief: DOJ agreement improving Seattle police http://www.kplu.org/post/interim-chief-doj-agreement-improving-seattle-police <p><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">Seattle's new interim police chief says that despite some turmoil at the outset, an agreement with the Justice Department is already improving his department's operations.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Chief Jim Pugel was picked to fill in after John Diaz retired this week. Pugel acknowledges that he and many others in the police department were upset when DOJ investigators determined in late 2011 that Seattle police had a problem with the unconstitutional use of force.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 23:57:39 +0000 The Associated Press 8377 at http://www.kplu.org Interim chief: DOJ agreement improving Seattle police Seattle officials urge police not to switch on surveillance cameras yet http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-officials-urge-police-not-switch-surveillance-cameras-yet <p></p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 01:18:42 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7836 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle officials urge police not to switch on surveillance cameras yet Robbery in the ‘Jungle’ results in bite wounds http://www.kplu.org/post/robbery-jungle-results-bite-wounds <p></p><p>A man and his friend were robbed in the wooded area along the west side of Beacon Hill. One of the victims sustained “gruesome” bite wounds during the assault and robbery.</p><p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 04:04:46 +0000 Jake Ellison 6679 at http://www.kplu.org