Seattle Police Quarterly Report

Just months into the position, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole gave her first quarterly report this week.  She told the city council that major progress is being made across the board. 

O’Toole reported reforms in the Department of Justice and better relationships with Seattle communities as highlights of the changes.  A new system of mapping crimes and dispatching officers has also been put in place, which has help fight a recent crime spike.  O’Toole also applauded the detectives for an 81% solve rate for homicides this year.  The national solve rate is currently 51%.  Officers are also now up to date on all trainings. 

O’Toole also pointed out areas that still need work.  These include the downtown street areas, and higher crime in the east and south precincts.  There has also been a high number of hate or bias crimes, with victims being targeted for their ethnicity or sexual orientation.  The department says the rate of hate crimes is about the same as it has been in the past 18 months, but some neighborhoods claim that this summer has been more problematic. 

The police chief vowed to continue with their efforts, especially with extra enforcement.  They will be persistent in building relationships with the city.