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Mayor Harrell Announces Citywide CARE Expansion

New Partnerships and Seven Day a Week Citywide Expansion Proposal Follows Success of Dual Dispatch Pilot Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced his proposal to expand the Community Assisted Response and Engagement (CARE) department behavioral health responder team, hiring additional responders and expanding citywide, seven days a week following the… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Announces Mental Health Investment Strategy; Directs $2 Million Toward Youth Violence Prevention in New Executive Order

Mayor’s plan for mental health investments will significantly expand telehealth access from 80 students to 2000, informed by best practices and hundreds of interviews with students, parents, and providers Executive Order takes immediate steps to address gun violence affecting youth, directing new investments in violence interruption and safe communities, launching… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Statement on Garfield High School Shooting

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell released the following statement after a shooting at Garfield High School: This is an incredibly difficult day, made all the more so because we have been here before. Gun violence is a national epidemic, but the impacts are felt in our cities, in our… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Signs Legislation to Expedite Demolition and Remediation of Dangerous Vacant Buildings in Seattle

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell signed new legislation that will amend the Seattle Fire Code and allow the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) to order and complete remediation or demolition of dangerous vacant buildings. The legislation was unanimously passed by the City Council this week and includes an emergency clause… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Announces Crime Prevention Technology Pilot Next Steps Following Public Input

The pilot will be part of the forthcoming One Seattle Safety Framework and comes after extensive public outreach and five Community Safety Forums where residents shared their ideas and concerns about safety in their neighborhoods. Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced the next steps for the proposed Crime Prevention… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Appoints Sue Rahr Interim Police Chief, Adrian Diaz to Work on Special Assignments

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that he is appointing Sue Rahr as interim chief of the Seattle Police Department. Rahr, who has a storied history of leadership in modern policing, culture change, and recruitment, and who served as King County Sheriff, Executive Director of the Washington State Criminal… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Signs New Police Contract to Support Recruitment and Accountability After Council Passage 

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell signed a new contract with rank-and-file police officers into law following its passage by the City Council. The agreement is an important step to addressing Seattle’s police staffing crisis, expanding civilian public safety responses, and strengthening police accountability. “The new police officer contract is a… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Announces New City Investments in Post-Overdose Recovery Facility and Enhanced Mobile Addiction Treatment Services 

New mobile medical van deploying to Pioneer Square this summer; pilot post-overdose stabilization services coming online in June SEATTLE, May 9 – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced $7 million in capital funds for facility improvements to organizations treating substance use disorder and providing post-overdose care, opioid medication delivery, and case… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Announces New Tentative Agreement to Support Recruitment and Retention of Police Officers, Boost Accountability, and Expand Civilian Diversification 

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell shared the details of the tentative agreement reached with rank-and-file Seattle police officers focusing on recruitment and retention, improved accountability, and civilianization toward a diversified safety response system. Mayor Harrell has submitted legislation to the City Council to approve the proposed agreement following its… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Bruce Harrell Announces Community Safety Forums and Upcoming Release of the One Seattle Safety Framework  

City leaders to join community members in their neighborhoods to discuss public safety and inform the One Seattle Safety Framework. Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced five additional community safety forums that will give the public opportunity to help shape the soon-to-be-released One Seattle Safety Framework. Building on lessons… [ Keep reading ]