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Celebrating Seattle's historic women reformers

From pushing out corrupt police chiefs and ending Seattle's chain gangs during the Progressive Era to the landmark 2017 Accountability Legislation, women have been at the forefront of police reform in Seattle for more than a century. 

That continues today. Carmen Best is the first black woman to lead the department, and two of the city's civilian oversight agencies are led by women. Lisa Judge is our first Inspector General, Rev. Harriett Walden and Emma Catague are co-chairs of the CPC, and Fe Lopez is the CPC's executive director. 

Here are just a few of the articles that detail the way women have led on police reform: Women in Early Seattle: Pushing for justice 

Crosscut: How women toppled Seattle's chain gangs

History Link: Seattle's First Female Officers on the Beat

Seattle Magazine: How Seattle women booted a corrupt police chief and led on jail reform


Seattle Police Officers Guild Official claims city's agreement to federally mandated police reforms has “damaged” the willingness of officers to seek out crime

Read the Seattle Times article here.

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

SPD heads to SXSW to talk policing tech

Representatives from the Seattle Police Department went to the annual South by Southwest festival in Texas to talk about how new policing technology will change law enforcement in the years to come and the ways they're trying to get support from the community.

Read more:

Police need public's trust before adopting new technologies, officials say

Can Artificial Intelligence Spot Stressed Cops?


The latest on the police contract briefing

The CPC filed a brief in federal court last month about the new police contract, expressing our concerns about the impacts it will have on police accountability. 

Last week, the city filed their response brief to the judge, as was expected. 

Now, the city, Department of Justice and the CPC are waiting for the judge to give us instructions on how to proceed. As soon as we know what's happening next, we'll let you know. 


Thank you, Cleveland High School!

The CPC had a great opportunity to go to Cleveland High School and talk about our work in police accountability. We were able to teach students how the system works with our partners in the Office of Police Accountability, the Office of the Inspector General, and SPD's Collaborative Policing Bureau. 


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