Public Safety Crisis
The Seattle Police Officers’ Guild is disappointed that the Seattle City Council continues to be anti-public safety. Yesterday’s council vote that blocked any measures of recruiting and retaining police officers is another blow to our community’s safety and well-being. This vote comes at a time when Seattle is already facing historic crime statistics and a police staffing crisis never seen before in our history. For the first time in the modern era, Seattle is now under one thousand deployable SPOG members who are the rank and file police officers and sergeants who respond to 911 calls and conduct follow up investigations. SPD has lost an unprecedented 300+ officers in the last year and a half with another anticipated mass exodus expected over the next month. This will continue to add to response times and restrict the ability for follow up investigations.
SPOG President Mike Solan said the following, “I want to thank Councilmember Pedersen for his public safety amendments. Sadly, the majority of the council are continuing their anti-police rhetoric by disregarding public safety. It is obvious that the majority of the council still gets their marching orders from the small activist class who continue to dictate the public safety discourse in our city. This activist class DO NOT reflect our city’s values. Everyone deserves public safety. It is shameful that these elected officials continually fail to represent their constituents.”
The Seattle Police Officers’ Guild is proud to represent the remaining officers who continue to serve our community. We are proud to call ourselves police officers.