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As State Legislative Session Begins, Mayor Harrell Highlights Key Priorities for Seattle

Seattle – Today, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell shared key legislative priorities for his administration and the people of Seattle as the Washington State Legislature begins the 2024 session. Mayor Harrell is calling for bold action on critical public safety, behavioral health, and other priority issues that impact Seattle and cities… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Announces New Seattle Fire Fighters Contract Proposal

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced a new proposed contract agreement between the City of Seattle and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), Local 27 AFL-CIO-CLC has been submitted to the City Council for approval during their meeting at 2 pm today. The fire fighter members of Local 27… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Mayor Harrell and San Francisco Mayor Breed Urge Congressional Leaders to Support Increased Funding to Combat Fentanyl Crisis

37 bipartisan mayors ask Congress to support Biden Administration’s efforts to prevent overdose deaths Seattle/San Francisco, November 14, 2023 — Today, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, and 35 other U.S. mayors sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to pass President Biden’s supplemental funding request… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor and Councilmembers Propose New Police Agreement Expanding Diversified Response, Increasing Park Ranger Responsibilities, and Improving Police Availability and Event Staffing 

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell, Council President Debora Juarez, and Councilmembers Lisa Herbold, Alex Pedersen, Dan Strauss, and Andrew Lewis announced a proposal for a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG) regarding diversified response and special events. The MOU supports the City’s recently launched… [ Keep reading ]

SPD to Implement New First-in-the-Nation Ruse Policy, Setting Clear Standards to Allow Effective Operations, Prevent Abuse

Seattle – Today, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell announced the implementation of the nation’s first policy governing the use of police patrol ruses. This policy, developed by the Seattle Police Department (SPD), was informed by a robust stakeholder process led by Seattle’s Office of Inspector General for Public Safety (OIG). Mayor… [ Keep reading ]

CARE Department’s Dual Dispatch Launches: Expanding Seattle’s Emergency Response Toolkit and Mayor Harrell’s New Public Safety Department

New pilot sends behavioral health responders to 911 calls, providing improved services and reducing strain on police staffing Seattle – Today, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell joined public safety and community leaders to share details of the official launch of the Dual Dispatch pilot – a foundational program for Seattle’s newest… [ Keep reading ]

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 ]