Category Archives: Public Safety

Seattle Crime Trends A Mixed Bag Under SPD Chief O’Toole

by Neal McNamara 

(This article was previously published on Patch.com and has been reprinted with permission)

Following a national trend in recent years, violent crime in Seattle has risen since Chief Kathleen O’Toole took charge of the department in June 2014, according to SPD and FBI statistics. Between 2008 and 2013, violent crime was up and down each year, but since 2014, the total number of violent crime incidents has trended upward. Continue reading Seattle Crime Trends A Mixed Bag Under SPD Chief O’Toole

Police Still Seeking Leads in Case of Drive-by Shooting Victim

By Neal McNamara

Che’Reonna L. Thomas, 20, was shot in early July a few days before her 20th birthday.

A 20-year-old woman who was shot in a drive-by in South Seattle July 1 has since died, the King County Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed. Che’Reonna L. Thomas, 20, died Aug. 7 of a gunshot wound, and her death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner. Continue reading Police Still Seeking Leads in Case of Drive-by Shooting Victim

Police Investigating Lucky Dragonz Shooting That Left 2 Dead

by Emerald Staff

The King County Sheriff’s office says that two men died after a shooting at Lucky Dragonz Casino/ Skyway Park Bowl early Friday morning, and suspect a third person has some involvement in the incident.

None of the men have yet been identified. No information has been provided about the third suspect. Continue reading Police Investigating Lucky Dragonz Shooting That Left 2 Dead

As City Revives Civilian SPD Patrols, Role of Unarmed Officers Remains Open Question

by Erica C Barnett 

(This article was originally published on C is for Crank and has been reprinted with permission) 

Last month, the Seattle Police Department and City Council member Mike O’Brien announced that the city would spend $2 million over the next two years to reinstate the mothballed Community Service Officer program and hire around a dozen new CSOs—unarmed SPD employees trained to respond to low-level calls, including minor property crimes, landlord-tenant disputes, runaway kids, and “nuisance” crimes like public intoxication. Over the course of 2017, a team of representatives from city departments, along with the independent Community Police Commission, will decide what the CSOs’ job descriptions will be, what kind of services they will and won’t provide, and even to whom they will report. Continue reading As City Revives Civilian SPD Patrols, Role of Unarmed Officers Remains Open Question