"The Seattle Police Department has hit the reset button," said Chief Adrian Diaz, discussing the department's new public safety plan.
SPD's Strategic Plan report says community relations were pushed to the brink after the summer of 2020, KING5 reports.
Today, the department is dealing with a historic drop in staffing levels and a rise in violent crime. Chief Diaz says gun violence has almost doubled since last year, and property crimes are up too.
Between 2020 and November 2021 more than 325 officers left, according to SPD. The report says the department is at the lowest deployable patrol staffing levels since the 1980's when Seattle's population was almost half of what it is today.
One recruiting and retention tool the department is considering is 10-hour shifts four days a week with three days off. Diaz says SPD is still working out the details of that kind of schedule with the police union.