City of Seattle holds community conversations in search for police chief


Seattle – Seattle residents and community members are invited to join in five upcoming community conversations that will shape the city’s search for the Seattle Police Department’s next police chief. Hosted by the Mayor’s Office and facilitated by Empower Initiative, the discussions will create opportunities for Seattle residents to share the priorities and values ​​they seek in the city’s next police chief.

“As we work to identify the next chief of our Seattle Police Department, we have designed a community-driven search process where input and outreach are key,” said Mayor Bruce Harrell. “From the highest levels, our Seattle Police Department must reflect the qualities demanded by the residents of Seattle – a leader who directs an effective service with accountability, innovation and transparency. These forums, in addition to our search committee and survey, ensure that we receive a wide range of perspectives that strengthen our efforts to hire the best possible police chief, address current community priorities, and build a safe city for all. all.

An in-person conversation for the general public will take place this Tuesday July 26 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at North Seattle Community College (room: The Grove). The 90-minute conversation will include a presentation on policing and best practices from other cities, a question-and-answer period, and an open forum for neighbors to provide additional feedback, ideas, and feedback as you go. as research continues. Additional forums throughout the week will also generate targeted contributions from Seattle communities.

These conversations offer residents an additional option to have their voices heard, drawing on a community survey made available from the start of the research here in seven different languages: English, Spanish, Amharic, Somali, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese . In April, Mayor Harrell announced the creation of a search committee representing a broad cross-section of stakeholders and community leaders to identify and select the final five candidates to advance to the competition phase required by the Charter. In addition to the survey, committee and forums, community engagement will continue throughout the research process.

The week’s forums will be moderated by Ben McBride of Empower Initiative, an organization that has worked with 100 executives and law enforcement agencies. The goal of these conversations is to create a space for community members to elevate their perspectives and experiences to inform the research process and future efforts to ensure public safety for all communities.

An overview of the scheduled forums, as well as regular updates on the Chief of Police’s search process and timeline, can be found on the Seattle Police Chief’s Search webpage. Please note that these conversations may have a “community-focused” area, but are not exclusive to that community. Links to these virtual meetings will be posted here for the public to observe and engage.

Time Location Community orientation
July 25, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Mount Calvary Christian Church: 1412 23rd Avenue Seattle, WA 98122 Faith, Central District, South Seattle
July 26, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Virtual (The link to view will be on the website) Small businesses and local businesses
July 26, 7:00-8:30 p.m. North Seattle College (room: The Grove) General public
July 30, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Rainier Beach Community College (room: multipurpose room – MPR) Youth
July 30, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Virtual (The link to view will be on the website) Immigrant and Refugee (Live interpreter lines will be available)

If you are interested and available to participate or would like to invite a delegate, please send your RSVPs to [email protected]

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