Special Council Meeting – Public Safety

Downtown public safety policePubic safety is a concern for those who visit, work or live in Downtown.  This is true for urban centers across the nation, but that doesn’t mean we should simply accept it.

Mayor Ed Murray has called a special Full Council meeting for 1pm tomorrow, Wednesday, June 25 to discuss a unified approach to public safety. The public is invited to attend this meeting in the Council Chambers.

From Mayor Murray’s website:

“Public safety is our paramount duty and we must move forward together with a unified approach,” Murray wrote in the letter. “As elected representatives for the people of Seattle, we have a collective interest and urgency to translate vision into action for all of our residents.” Read the letter here.

What: Seattle City Council – Full Council Meeting on Public Safety

When: 1pm, Wednesday, June 25

Where: Seattle City Council Chambers

The Seattle Police Department has a new leader – Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole – and the Downtown Seattle Association is looking forward to working with Chief O’Toole  as she works to improve public safety in Downtown, and across other Seattle neighborhoods.  The Downtown street environment is not always as safe and inviting as the public deserves.  People who visit, work or live in Downtown should be able to expect an urban experience that is free from street disorder, open-air drug dealing and violence. For some, Downtown Seattle is their first exposure to our great city and with the help of Chief O’Toole we look forward to ensuring that impression is a positive one.

DSA and Public Safety in the News

KIRO-TV: More police patrols welcome in Downtown Seattle

KING-TV: McGinn unveils plan to combat Seattle street violence 

KCPQ-TV: Bus shooting raises issue of Downtown Seattle safety 

The Seattle Times: Guest: Make Downtown Seattle safe after death of Troy Wolff

The Seattle Times: McGinn taps $400K to boost patrols in crime hot spots 

The Seattle TimesViolent crime steady Downtown for past five years, data show



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