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Mayor Harrell Statement on South Seattle Home Invasion Arrests 

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell released the following statement after Chief of Police Adrian Diaz announced the arrest of several suspects related to South Seattle home invasion robberies: “I appreciate our officers and detectives who never lost sight of bringing justice to the victims of these violent crimes. The… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Announces Investments Supporting Upcoming Launch of CARE – Seattle’s New Public Safety Department

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell provided updates regarding the upcoming launch of Seattle’s new Community Assisted Response and Engagement (CARE) department, detailing the vision, timelines, and staffing progress for the department, including his proposal for a $6 million increase in the department’s budget. In a preview of next week’s… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Statement on Passage of the Public Safety and Health Response to the Opioid Crisis Ordinance

Seattle – Today Mayor Bruce Harrell released the following statement:  “Today’s vote by the City Council is a needed step forward in our efforts to address the deadly epidemic of fentanyl and other synthetic drugs. Fentanyl is tragically killing thousands in our city and around the country, and we need… [ Keep reading ]

Progress update on City of Seattle’s Health 99 overdose response team pilot  

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell joined Councilmember Lisa Herbold, Seattle Fire Department Chief Harold Scoggins, emergency medical responders, and other health leaders to give a progress update on the Health 99 overdose response unit, which began operations in July 2023. Created following Mayor Harrell’s Executive Order issued in April… [ Keep reading ]

Statement from Mayor Harrell on Federal Court Ruling

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell released the following statement: “Judge Robart agreed with the City and the Department of Justice that our Seattle Police Department had achieved sustained compliance with most requirements of the federal consent decree, closing out significant portions of the consent decree and allowing our community… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Announces Efforts to Improve Addiction Treatment, Proposes Legislation to Reduce Public Consumption of Fentanyl and Other Illegal Drugs

Advancing health-focused approach, Mayor Harrell announces spending plan for $27 million investment toward innovative facilities and treatment programs to address addiction Informed by law enforcement, service providers, and impacted communities, the mayor’s proposed legislation will emphasize diversion and health programs while allowing arrests for public consumption of illegal drugs Seattle… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Bruce Harrell Statement on Killing of Eina Kwon and Unborn Child

Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell released the following statement: “My deepest condolences go out to Sung Kwon and the entire family of Eina Kwon who was tragically murdered this past Tuesday in our Belltown Neighborhood. Eina was a leader in our community and business owner, running Aburiya Bento House with her… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell and Fentanyl Systems Work Group to Address Consumption of Illegal Drugs in Public Spaces 

Seattle – Continuing the work laid out in his Executive Order focused on making Seattle a safer, healthier city by addressing the crisis of fentanyl and synthetic drugs, Mayor Bruce Harrell today appointed a 24-member work group uniting the four corners of Seattle government – the Mayor’s Office, Seattle City… [ Keep reading ]

DOWNTOWN ACTIVATION PLAN: Mayor Harrell Announces Immediate Actions to Revitalize Downtown; Issues Executive Order to Address Fentanyl Crisis 

Seattle – Today, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell unveiled the first stage of the comprehensive Downtown Activation Plan to revitalize and reimagine Seattle’s downtown. Joined by dozens of downtown community, civic, and business leaders, Mayor Harrell introduced a set of immediate actions and short-term steps to make downtown neighborhoods safe, welcoming,… Filed Under: Economic Development, Public Safety

City of Seattle and Department of Justice File New Accountability Agreement as SPD Transitions to Next Phase of Reform 

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced the joint filing of a new compliance agreement between the City of Seattle and the United States Department of Justice, as the Seattle Police Department prepares to transition into the next phase of sustained reform. The agreement recognizes the progress made by the… Filed Under: Public Safety