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Seattle Police Report Dramatic Drop in Citizen Contacts

May 15, 2014  | 

Photo: Seattle PD via Facebook
Photo: Seattle PD via Facebook

Seattle police enforcement of lower-level crimes, traffic offenses and infractions dropped dramatically in recent years as officers displayed less willingness to actively seek out illegal activity, according to a department report released Wednesday.

The Seattle Times says the reasons remain unclear, but the steep decline came during a period of intense scrutiny of the department over use of force, a federal consent decree requiring sweeping reforms and shifts in prosecution and enforcement standards.


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ricwalters @ 5/15/2014 5:00 PM

Well no Shiite, Sherlock. Those guys have their balls busted every time they make a traffic stop. Their chief and mayor are so freaking liberal that I'm surprised that they haven't disarmed the entire department in favor of water guns. The city sold them out with the consent decree, and doesn't support them. Why risk being suspended or prosecuted for a citizen complaint that probably is baseless anyway?

ricwalters @ 5/15/2014 5:00 PM

Well no Shiite, Sherlock. Those guys have their balls busted every time they make a traffic stop. Their chief and mayor are so freaking liberal that I'm surprised that they haven't disarmed the entire department in favor of water guns. The city sold them out with the consent decree, and doesn't support them. Why risk being suspended or prosecuted for a citizen complaint that probably is baseless anyway?

KevCopAz @ 5/17/2014 8:13 AM

Its about time that Officers gave the public what it "demands", no real police work, just respond, take the report politely and don't offend anyone by actually stopping and investigating criminal activity, we may offend the "criminal citizen, or the undocumented person, or the person of color or the women or gay". We should all allow the crime rate to rise as it would when a trained progressional is stopped from doing police work by fanatical rules and hyper politically correct nonsense instead of following the Law and the Constitution. The INS (read Obama/Holder) releases 36000 convicted criminals (murder/rape/car jack etc) out into the public while they "await" their deportation hearings (like they will be deported, RIGHT!) and no one cares, so why should the PD. Just carry your weapon, protect yourself and your family and allow the liberals to reap what they sow.When a liberal judge, "community activist", or loud mouth anti gun/police lib is victimized it may change their minds

CB @ 5/17/2014 9:24 AM

Amen Brother!!!! (Kevcopaz)

plato's playdough @ 5/18/2014 2:28 AM

The link for SEATTLE TIMES is worth the look, here it is at http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2023610869_policingdeclinexml.html.

A few lines copied here to entice your interest, found below...

According to the report, African Americans and Native Americans were booked into the King County Jail in 2012 at significantly higher rates than their respective percentages of Seattle’s population.

The data came to light as part of the Police Department’s voluntary collaboration with the commission and its pioneering effort to reduce disparities in enforcement.

The report focused on misdemeanors, noncriminal infractions and traffic offenses, which force officers to use their discretion far more often than with felonies.

JAck Betz @ 5/20/2014 1:34 AM

A society that makes it police enemies needs to be friends with it's criminals.

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