Police and Public Safety

Harrell Picks Interim Police Chief Adrian Diaz to Head SPD

The choice invites questions of whether or not the department will stick to the status quo or advance innovation and change. Seattle Mayor Bruce...

Judge Shadid: Therapeutic Courts Save Lives and Money

As the Presiding Judge of Seattle’s Therapeutic Courts for the past four years, I have seen lives destroyed by the lack of a comprehensive...

Mayor Harrell Passes the Buck and Unloads on Enemies in Leaked Police Precinct Speeches

The cracks are showing in Mayor Harrell's "One Seattle" brand as he pledged to unseat his enemies and withhold funding from the Regional Homelessness...

Seattle Council Approves Police Hiring Bonuses Topping Out at $30,000

The Seattle City Council has approved additional hiring bonuses for police officers aimed at boosting the Seattle Police Department's (SPD's) number of trained and...

Transpo Notes: Digital Ads Arriving, Security Incidents Trends, and Pessimistic Service Plans

This Transpo Notes roundup touches on a mix of transit stories, including: New digital advertising screens appearing at Link stations;Security incident trends on Sound Transit;Sound...

King County Expands Public Health Approach In Response to Rising Gun Violence

In 2021, King County Executive Dow Constantine declared gun violence a public health emergency, allowing for the County to increase its investment in public...

New Bellevue Police Department Data Dashboard Reveals Racial Disparities in Arrests, Uses of Force

In an effort to increase transparency and accountability to the community, Bellevue Police Department has published a new data dashboard which includes details on...

We Own This City Because You Cut It Adrift

A policing drama from the creators of "The Wire" and "Treme" is a devastating look at urban policy. The police aren’t coming, and we know...