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Jan 21 2015

Councilmember Harrell to host Chief O’Toole for Second SPD Report

SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell will host Chief Kathleen O’Toole at Wednesday afternoon’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee to receive her second quarterly report to Council. Chief O’Toole provides quarterly updates regarding the Seattle Police Department’s efforts to reduce crime, improve community relations, and more effectively deploy officers into Seattle’s neighborhoods.

Chief O’Toole Second Quarter Report
Chief O’Toole First Quarter Report
2014 Police Chief Confirmation Letter of Expectations

WHAT: Chief O’Toole Quarterly SPD Progress Report

WHEN: Wednesday, January 21, 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Council Chambers, 2nd floor
Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle 98104

WHO: Councilmembers
Chief Kathleen O’Toole, Seattle Police Department

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Jan 16 2015

Construction Jobs Bill Unanimously Recommended by Council Committee

SEATTLE – A City Council committee today unanimously recommended adoption of a jobs bill to help people living in economically distressed areas establish and secure careers in the construction industry.

The committee approved “priority hire” legislation to support pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs and to require that a percentage of the work on City-funded capital construction projects costing over $5 million be performed by residents from economically distressed areas of Seattle and King County. Economically distressed areas are indicated by high concentrations of people who are unemployed, without college degrees and living below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.

“With this bill, more Seattleites who have faced barriers to getting into construction careers will reap the rewards of both a well-paying job in the short-term and portable skills for the future,” said Councilmember Sally J. Clark, the legislation’s sponsor and chair of the council’s Housing Affordability, Human Services and Economic Resiliency Committee. “I want to thank the many residents and stakeholders who shared their experiences and expertise on this complex and historic legislation.”

“Using our local tax dollars to put people from communities in our city with higher unemployment to work just makes good sense,” said Councilmember Mike O’Brien, co-sponsor of the legislation. “This is a great step today and an acknowledgement of the incredible community organizing that began years ago to bring this bill to fruition.”

“This is a landmark social justice bill to keep jobs in Seattle and creating opportunities and pathways to success for economically disadvantaged groups. We are trying to create a new pathway that has not been there before,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell. “I want to recognize community leaders like Michael Woo from Got Green to Puget Sound Sage and members of the Construction Careers Advisory Committee for helping us make this legislation a reality.”

“I was shocked to learn that of 33 City-funded projects only 6% of the workers on those projects lived in Seattle; with only 25% being from King County,” said Councilmember Nick Licata. “If we want to reduce environmental impacts of commuting, we must reduce the driving distance of workers driving to their Seattle jobs.”

In 2013 the Council and Mayor convened a Construction Careers Advisory Committee (CCAC) composed of contractors, sub-contractors, women and minority businesses, community organizations, labor unions, training programs and policy experts. Based on the CCAC’s recommendations, this legislation was developed in partnership with Mayor Murray to increase access to construction jobs for people who have historically not been equally represented in the industry. Today’s legislation creates an ongoing Implementation and Advisory Committee, which will submit an annual report to the Mayor and Council, and in 2016, the Mayor and Council will review the program results.

In 2012 the City’s public works budget was approximately $220 million, which generated about 446 full-time jobs in construction. A review of 33 City funded projects between 2009-2013 found that 6 percent of the workforce lived in Seattle.

The legislation will be considered by the Full City Council on Tuesday, January 20 at 2:00 p.m.
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Jan 07 2015

Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee (1/07, 2:00 pm)

Public Safety, Civil Rights, And Technology Committee Agenda for Wednesday, 1/07/2015, 2:00 PM

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1. C.F. 314067
August 2014 Report of the Police Intelligence Audit Pursuant to Ordinance 108333 (Seattle Municipal Code 14.12).
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (10 minutes)
Presenters for items 1-4: David Boerner, Police Intelligence Auditor; Brian Maxey, Senior Police Counsel, and Lt. Eric Barden, Seattle Police Department (SPD); Mark Baird, Council Central Staff

2. C.F. 314083
Response of the Police Chief to the August 2014 Report of the Intelligence Auditor, filed pursuant to Ordinance 108333 (Seattle Municipal Code 14.12).
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (5 minutes)

3. C.F. 314233
December 2014 Report of the Police Intelligence Audit Pursuant to to Ordinance 108333 (Seattle Municipal Cod e 14.12).
BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION (15 minutes)

4. C.F. 314234
Response of the Police Chief to the December 2014 Report of the Intelligence Auditor, filed pursuant to Ordinanc e 108333 (Seattle Municipal Code 14.12).
BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION (5 minutes)

5. C.B. 118297
Relating to the City’s traffic code; amending various sections and subsections in and adding sections to Chapter s 11.22, 11.31, 11.34, 11.56, 11.57, 11.64, 11.66 and 11.82 and repealing sections 11.66.060, 11.66.080 and 11.66.100 of t he Seattle Municipal Code to conform with changes in state law.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (10 minutes)
Presenters: Pete Holmes, Richard Greene, and Craig Sims, Law Department; Mark Baird, Council Central Staff

6. C.B. 118295
Relating to the City’s criminal code; amending and adding to various sections and subsections in Chapters 3.33, 12A.06, 12A.08, 12A.10, 12A.14, 12A.16, 12A.20, 12A.24, 12A.28, 16.20 and 16.64 and repealing sections 2.20.010 and 2.20 .020 of the Seattle Municipal Code.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (10 minutes)
Presenters: Pete Holmes, Richard Greene, and Craig Sims, Law Department; Mark Baird, Council Central Staff

7. C.B. 118296
Relating to the implementation and operation of a new regional 800 MHz emergency public safety radio communication system; authorizing the Chief Technology Officer of the Department of Information Technology to execute for and on behalf of the City of Seattle an interlocal agreement between the City of Seattle, King County and the Cities of Auburn, Bellevue, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kent, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Redmond, Renton and Tukwila for the purpose of planning, financing, procuring and implementing a new 800 MHz emergency radio communication system to be funded through a separate King County property tax ballot measure; and ratifying and confirming prior acts.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (15 minutes)
Presenters: Michael Mattmiller, Patti DeFazio, and Mark Schmidt, DoIT; Captain Dick Reed, SPD; Martha Lester, Council Central Staff

8. C.B. 118298
Relating to the future operation of a new regional 800 MHz emergency public safety radio communication system; authorizing the Chief Technology Officer of the Department of Information Technology to execute for and on behalf of the City of Seattle a memorandum of agreement between the City of Seattle, King County and the Cities of Auburn, Bellevue, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kent, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Redmond, Renton and Tukwila for the purpose of establishing key terms for a future interlocal agreement to create a non-profit corporation, as provided under RCW 39.34.030, to manage, operate, and maintain a future regional emergency radio communication system.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (15 minutes)
Presenters: Michael Mattmiller, Patti DeFazio, and Mark Schmidt, DoIT; Captain Dick Reed, SPD; Martha Lester, Council Central Staff
Supporting Document for items 7 and 8:
a. Puget Sound Emergency Radio Network Project Presentation

9. Department of Information Technology’s 2014 Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) Report.
BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION (15 Minutes)
Presenters: Michael Mattmiller and Andre Nellams, DoIT
Supporting Documents:
a. 2014 RSJI Memo
b. 2014 RSJI Table

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Dec 19 2014

Councilmember Harrell Statement on Launch of Body Camera Pilot

Press Release issued 12/18/2014:

SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, issued the following statement regarding the pilot launch of body cameras:

“We have all been working toward this day, the pilot launch of body cameras on our police officers. This pilot is an important stage in helping the City assess the best hardware, logistics for storage and public disclosure, staffing support, officer feedback, and department use policies. My goal is full deployment in 2016. The public deserves to have clear impartial video evidence of police and civilian interactions, so we can more accurately examine incidents of police misconduct and produce video and audio evidence when shootings occur. A study from the Rialto (California) Police Department found cameras decreased the number of police misconduct claims by 88 percent and reduced the number of times officers had to use force by 60 percent. Body cameras will be a game changer, a progressive means to improve public safety, police accountability, transparency, and trust with the community.”

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Dec 04 2014

Property Crime Reduction Laws Announced by Councilmember Harrell

Press Release issued 12/04/2014:

SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, announced three new policy proposals to help address property crime in Seattle. The proposed laws would make the following amendments to sections 6.288.050, 6.288.070 and 6.288.085 of the Seattle Municipal Code:

1) Require a clear digital photograph of jewelry exchanged at pawnshops and used goods dealers. This is in addition to the already-required documentation of the identity of the seller. Current law does not require a photograph.
2) Require report of jewelry transactions for all used goods dealers into a central database. An example is LeadsOnline, an online tool used by law enforcement and businesses to assist with solving crimes.
3) Require that payment to sellers of cellphones and tablets at pawnshops and used goods dealers be made through a check, as opposed to cash.

“Let’s use technology to do a better job of investigating and solving crimes,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell. “We can do a better job of recovering stolen property and as we move forward, I fully intend to collaboratively engage with business stakeholders to balance public safety with the business operations of used goods dealers.”

In addition, Councilmember Harrell will work with the City Attorney’s office to reexamine the penalties of noncompliance with the “No Buy List.” The police department maintains a “No Buy List,” which includes the names of 2,946 criminals previously convicted of property crimes who are prohibited from selling items to used goods dealers. SPD sends the “No Buy List” to Seattle area pawn shops and used goods dealers.

These proposals are part of a focused strategy with the Seattle Police Department to reduce property crimes. SPD presented data for burglaries and auto thefts yesterday with a strategy to focus on problem locations and prolific offenders. From October to November, auto thefts decreased 34 percent and car prowls decreased 25 percent.

Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole has already assigned a member of the high-tech SPD team to help patrol officers track down stolen phones.

“The needle has moved but we must do more by relentlessly following up and assessing our methods to reduce crime,” said Councilmember Bruce A. Harrell. “I recognize that there is not one law or set of new laws that serves as a panacea to eliminate all property crime in our city. There must be overlapping strategies to address and reduce these crimes.”

Councilmember Harrell is also exploring a proposal to use GPS trackers on vehicles used in connection with home invasions as a condition of release from jail. Similar to the use of electronic home monitoring equipment and restrictions on driving privileges for drivers who drove impaired, a GPS system may enforce a no contact policy with that vehicle to the neighborhood where the home invasion or other property crime occurred. Elements of this proposal would require a change to existing SMC or RCW or both. This will require coordination with the King County Prosecutor’s office regarding logistics of implementation.

“We have to do something about these problems because I get tired of hearing we can’t do this, or we can’t do that,” Councilmember Harrell added. “I am working with our prosecutors to develop new ideas to be more aggressive on these home invasions. This is what the public demands.”

Councilmember Harrell will continue vetting these proposals with the community and the City’s law department. The expectation is to return to committee with legislation in early 2015.

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Dec 02 2014

Councilmember Harrell Statement on President Obama’s Announcement of Body-Worn Cameras

Statement issued 12/01/2014:

Councilmember Harrell Statement on President Obama’s Announcement of Body-Worn Cameras

SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s body-worn camera announcement:

“I applaud President Obama’s announcement to allocate $263 million for a new program that will provide body-worn cameras for the police and expand training for law enforcement agencies. Specifically, the President’s proposal is a $75 million investment over three years that could help purchase 50,000 body-worn cameras nationwide. The Body-Worn Camera Partnership Program would provide a 50 percent match to states and cities who purchase body-worn cameras and hardware storage.

“I am in favor of our City applying for this grant with the goal of full deployment of body cameras for the Seattle Police Department in 2016. Seattle is currently on schedule to begin the body camera pilot at the end of this year with a complete assessment report completed September 2015.

“I have long advocated for body cameras, a progressive game-changing effort to improve public safety, police accountability, and transparency. Body cameras provide impartial evidence and build trust with the community. The public deserves to have clear video evidence of police and civilian interactions, so we can more accurately examine incidents of police misconduct and produce video and audio evidence when shootings occur. One solution to allow us to better understand what happened at Ferguson is to deploy body cameras on all police officers.”

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