Remember the recent changes to the SPD South Precinct that so many neighbors have been (rightly) concerned about? The Rainier Valley Post broke the news that a permanent (let’s hope) South Precinct leader has been put in place by SPD’s new Chief, Kathleen O’Toole. As the RVP reports, 25-year veteran, Captain David Proudfoot is the new South Precinct commander:
On Thursday, Captain David Proudfoot, a 25-year SPD veteran, was appointed the new South Precinct commander by the city’s new Chief of Police Kathleen O’Toole. O’Toole said it was pressure from the community that caused her to act so fast.
“After hearing repeatedly from community members during the selection process of the need for consistent leadership at the South Precinct, I have asked Captain David Proudfoot to lead the precinct,” she said in a written statement. “Captain Proudfoot has served at every rank within the South Precinct, and I have every confidence he will provide the leadership and direction necessary to show the residents of the South Precinct I am listening to their concerns.”
The move comes one month after the Rainier Valley Post broke the news that Captain John Hayes had left abruptly after just six months, and just two weeks after we announced a staggering 150% increase in gun crime in the community. In the meantime, the Seattle City Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee held a south-end public hearing on O’Toole’s nomination for Chief of Police, where residents expressed frustration with the increase in violent crime in the south-end and emphasized a need for stability in leadership at the South Precinct.