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Seattle approves big bonuses to attract new police officers

The Seattle City Council has passed legislation that will give up to $15,000 dollars to officers who have experience and transfer to SPD. It would also give $7,500 bonuses to new recruits.

One of the key promises of the legislation is it will be used, in part, to attract police officers from communities that are historically underrepresented in the police department. The CPC will be closely watching this program as it develops to see how it plans to fulfill this promise.

The CPC has also done a lot of work over the years in other areas to help improve recruiting by SPD. You can see some of that work below. 

Also read: 

CPC Report: Recruitment, Hiring, and Training Recommendations for SPD

CPC Report: An Assessment of the Seattle Police Department’s Community Engagement January 2016 Through Recruitment, Hiring, and Training

Merrick Bob, Seattle's court-appointed consent decree monitor

Monitor cautions Seattle police contract may jeopardize federal compliance

Seattle's court-appointed consent decree monitor says his team won't say  whether SPD does or does not remain in compliance with the consent decree right now.

In a report released last week, he said the accountability issues in the new contract are so critical that his team can't say whether Seattle has maintained compliance until Federal Judge James Robart completes his review.

The CPC filed a brief last month at Judge Robart's invitation asking him to tell the city to fix the accountability issues in the contract or risk the consent decree being extended.

Read the Seattle Times article here.


Seattle police approval ratings up, but issues remain

The monitor also released the results of poll conducted in January about the Seattle Police Department. 

It found that nearly three-quarters of Seattle residents approve of SPD. A similar poll was conducted in 2016 and found similar results.

While the monitor says the results were "generally quite good news," he did point to some concerning results. 

For example, Black and Latino people are still more likely than White people to have concerns about racial imbalances in law enforcement. 60 percent of Black people and 49 percent of Latinos believe SPD frequently uses excessive force. Just 40 percent of White people and even less Asian people believe the same. 

African American and Latinos were also more than twice as likely to report having been stopped by Seattle Police while in a car this year than White people.

The vast majority of African Americans also said SPD engages in racial profiling.

Read the full results in the report here.


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