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City of Seattle Prepares for Winter Weather

The City of Seattle is tracking this week’s cold weather system and preparing to activate additional services as needed. This blog will be updated with the latest information on places for people to get indoors and out of the cold; keeping critical infrastructure open; changes to City services; and tips… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Appoints Advisory Panel on Sexual Assault and System Reform as Part of SPD Comprehensive Review

Seattle (November 17, 2022) – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced the formation of an advisory panel that will inform efforts to support victims of sexual assault and hold offenders accountable through effective investigations. Mayor Harrell and Chief Adrian Diaz are committed to identifying and addressing systemic issues in the Seattle… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Details Proposed Efforts to Beautify City; Address Surge in Graffiti

Plan would increase graffiti removal, create outlets for murals and artistic expression, support victims, expand volunteer activities, and increase enforcement options Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell detailed elements of his One Seattle Graffiti Plan to beautify Seattle and address a surge in graffiti through new strategies and proposed budget… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle receives national recognition for Safe Routes to School work. Mayor Harrell commits to work even harder to improve traffic safety.

Seattle, WA (October 12, 2022) – The National Center for Safe Routes to School has named Seattle the 2022 recipient of the U.S. Vision Zero for Youth Leadership Award. The award was presented to Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell and Seattle Public Schools (SPS) Superintendent Dr. Brent Jones this morning at… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell To Appoint Adrian Diaz Seattle Chief of Police

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that he will appoint interim Chief Adrian Diaz as the next permanent Chief of the Seattle Police Department, following an extensive national search and robust community engagement. “Throughout this process, we’ve heard Seattleites’ clear expectations for the Seattle Police Department: effective public safety,… [ Keep reading ]

Following Robust National Search Process, Three Finalists Advance for Next Chief of Seattle Police Department  

Three finalists will participate in a televised candidate question and answer session on September 15 to answer community questions Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced the three finalists for the next permanent Chief of the Seattle Police Department: Interim Seattle Chief of Police Adrian Diaz, Seattle Assistant Chief of… [ Keep reading ]

Driven by Community Input, Seattle Police Chief Search Enters Final Phases

Seattle – The City of Seattle has entered the final phases of our search for the next Chief of Police, following a rigorous national search and extensive community engagement. Mayor Bruce Harrell will look to make a decision in the coming weeks among the top candidates identified by the process,… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Statement on Council Passage of the Comprehensive Police Recruitment and Retention Plan

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell released the following statement after the City Council passed the Comprehensive Police Recruitment and Retention Plan:  “This is a positive step in the right direction as we seek to make Seattle a safe place for every neighbor and rebuild and restore the Seattle Police… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Hosting Two Additional Community-Led Conversations in Ongoing Police Chief Search

Seattle – Seattle residents are invited to attend two additional in-person community-led conversations to inform the ongoing search process for Seattle’s next chief of police. Facilitated in partnership by City staff and community-based organizations, these sessions will build on previous forums held in July, creating a space for community members to… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Issues Executive Order to Support Sexual Assault Survivors and Conduct Assessment of Criminal Investigations and Regional Practices

The order calls for a comprehensive evaluation of SPD’s Investigations Bureau, including a specific review of sexual assault follow-up investigations, while implementing immediate and long-term solutions to support survivors and assign cases. Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell, in collaboration with Interim Chief of Police Adrian Diaz, announced an Executive… [ Keep reading ]