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Feb 19 2013

Councilmember Bruce Harrell to consider Charter amendment to require Council Reconfirmation of the Police Chief

Media Advisory issued on Tuesday, 2/19/13:

SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, will facilitate a discussion this Wednesday to require Council reconfirmation of the Police Chief. The Police Chief is only subject to initial appointment by the Mayor and confirmation by the Council, but not subject to periodic reconfirmation. Currently 13 department heads are subject to reconfirmation but the Police Chief is exempted.

In 2006, the Council passed legislation and the voters approved eight additional department heads for reconfirmation, but the Police Chief was not included. In 2008, Councilmember Harrell conducted an extensive and thorough examination of Superintendent Jorge Carrasco, coordinating several large gathering sessions with employee groups, business customers and residential customers. The open and transparent process resulted in an evaluation process with established criteria that confirmed the Superintendent’s position. By requiring the Council to reconfirm the Police Chief, it affords the Council and the public an opportunity through a transparent process to review the Chief’s leadership, accomplishments, vision and decision-making approaches.

Voters would need to approve a Charter amendment to require the Council reconfirmation of the Police Chief.

WHAT: Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at 2 p.m.

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

WHO: Councilmember Bruce A. Harrell
Councilmember Nick Licata
Councilmember Mike O’Brien

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Feb 19 2013

Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee to examine and regulate Port Security Cameras

Media Advisory issued on Tuesday, 2/19/13:

SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, will have the Seattle Police Department at the committee table this Wednesday to discuss the port security cameras along Seattle’s shoreline. The security cameras are part of a wireless Mesh Network, a network composed of wireless access points and fiber optic cables around the city to provide first responders like SPD, Fire, and the Coast guard access to a dedicated wireless network during emergency responses.

The equipment included in the funding package from the Port Security Grant Program is vital in advancing our goal to make Seattle the most prepared city in America. City departments, along with regional and federal partners determined prevention and protection was not adequately represented in the region. Such prevention, protection and response capabilities is particularly important for public safety to the Port of Seattle, the sixth busiest in the US, Harbor Island, Washington State Ferry terminals, and cruise ship terminals.

At the committee hearing in May of 2012, the committee determined that SPD had made a strong business case for the use of these public safety cameras as part of the municipal mesh network for use only on waterways, port facilities and facing the Puget Sound. Installation of surveillance cameras installed in recreational/residential zones for general surveillance was and will not be supported by the committee.

Before the cameras can go online, the committee will have legislation in place to restrict and regulate its use to protect the public’s privacy and civil liberties.

WHAT: Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at 2 p.m.
WHERE: Council Chambers, second floor
Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle 98104
WHO: Councilmember Bruce A. Harrell
Councilmember Nick Licata
Councilmember Mike O’Brien

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Feb 08 2013

Councilmember Bruce Harrell announces major step to establish a Bruce Lee Action Museum

Media Advisory issued on Friday, 2/08/13:

Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, is excited to announce a major step in establishing a Bruce Lee Action Museum here in Seattle. For over a year, Bruce has worked with Shannon Lee, daughter of famed martial artist Bruce Lee, on making this project a reality to benefit Seattle and those who visit our region.

“As a policy leader, building an urban infrastructure where youth of all backgrounds can embrace discipline, hard work, self-esteem, and a love of life, is important,” said Councilmember Harrell. “Seattle must maintain and establish creative institutions that perpetuate these values.”

Thousands will be in attendance to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year and support the Bruce Lee Action Museum. The Hong Kong Association of Washington Foundation is putting on this event and supports the Bruce Lee Action Museum. All proceeds from the event will go to the purchase of property to establish the Bruce Lee Action Museum in Seattle.

WHAT: Bruce Lee Action Museum
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Grand Ballroom
WHO: Councilmember Bruce A. Harrell

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Feb 04 2013

Councilmember Bruce Harrell proposes legislation to protect privacy concerns when drones are used

Media Advisory issued on Monday, 2/04/13:

Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the City Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, will introduce progressive legislation at committee this week that would regulate the Seattle Police Department’s (SPD) use of drones. Seattle will be the first city to consider drone legislation to protect the public’s civil liberties.

In anticipation of new guidelines by the Federal Aviation Administration and possible deployment by SPD for law enforcement and public safety purposes, the drone legislation will regulate SPD’s use of drones to ensure strong privacy protections are in place.

The legislation specifies how and when SPD can deploy drones. Specifically, it requires SPD to obtain a warrant prior to deployment in all cases except for exigent circumstances and training.

WHAT: Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at 2 p.m.
WHERE: Council Chambers, second floor
Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle 98104
WHO:Councilmember Bruce A. Harrell
Councilmember Nick Licata
Councilmember Mike O’Brien

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