Wednesday: Public Hearing with New SPD Police Chief to Address Rainier Valley Crime

The Rainier Valley Post has the details on a meeting this Wednesday with the new SPD Chief of Police, Kathleen O’Toole:

SEATTLE — This week, the Seattle City Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee will vote on the confirmation of Kathleen O’Toole as Seattle’s new Chief of Police, but not before holding a public hearing in the Rainier Valley.

“These meetings will allow the City Council’s Public Safety committee to conduct a thorough and transparent confirmation process as well as provide an opportunity for the public to voice their concerns and to contribute their opinions,” said Councilman Bruce Harrell.

With a recent increase in south-end crime, including at least 10 shootings in the Rainier Valley last month and no less than five young men murdered in the Central District in a little more than 30 days, residents will no doubt be interested to hear how O’Toole plans to respond. She’s already spoken to the issue of street crime, echoing what interim Chief Harry Bailey and others have emphasized many times — the importance of community cooperation in solving crime.

“I think we can never take our eye off the ball,” she said. “Crime and quality of life is very important to people living and working in our neighborhoods. I think we need to monitor closely what’s happening [and] work closely with the people in our communities to develop policing plans for each neighborhood.”

She also highlighted the benefits of good, fast data.

“We need to use timely and accurate information to deploy our resources—a digital dashboard of good, solid technology so we can monitor crime patterns day to day. If you wait for months or years, trends come and go. I think you need to have real-time information.”

The meeting is scheduled for Wed., June 11, at 5:30 p.m. at New Holly Gathering Hall (7054 32nd Ave. S.), and everyone is invited to attend.

The City Council is likely to confirm O’Toole as Seattle’s new Chief of Police later this month.

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