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Mayor Durkan & Chief Best announce new investments in public safety
Mayor Durkan & Chief Best announce new investments in public safety
9/10/201927:28

As part of the Mayor's 2020 Proposed Budget, Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announces her plan to make new investments in community safety and building opportunity for young people. The proposed investments focus on alternatives to arrest and incarceration at every step of the system, from interactions with law enforcement, to diversion programs before a court filing, to reentry assistance after involvement in the criminal legal system.

Additionally, she announces her plan to invest $1.6 million to strengthen recruitment, speed up hiring, and improve retention of officers at the Seattle Police Department (SPD). After a data-driven study and survey among SPD officers, Mayor Durkan and Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best announced the implementation of the report's recommendations for strategic hiring and retention.

Speakers include:

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, City of Seattle

Chief Carmen Best, Seattle Police Department

Assistant Chief Eric Greening, Seattle Police Department

Michael Fields, Executive Director, Seattle Police Department

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