There are two ways of dealing with policing at this point in American history. One way is to deeply defund the institution (which is an internal solution), and the other is decriminalization (which is an external solution). The former, to me at least, seems to be, politically speaking, a long shot. However, the latter, which basically gives the police less to do in our world, has serious political potential, as exemplified by the legalization of pot.
Washington State Legislature News
- HB 1054 regulating police tactics
- HB 1267 establishing a new Office of Independent Investigations that will investigate all police uses of deadly force in WA
- HB 1310 setting new standards for police use of force
- SB 5051 the decertification bill
- SB 5055 the arbitration bill that collects arbitration data and reforms the process
- SB 5066 the duty to intervene
- SB 5259 collection of data on police uses of deadly force
This morning’s Seattle Council Briefing was nice and short.
At last week’s Public Safety and Human Services committee meeting, the committee heard a presentation on “Reimagining Public Safety,” which covered updates on unit transfers and the Seattle University Public Safety Survey among other topics. They also heard a report on Q1 SPD Budget and Staffing, which showed Q1 overtime was down compared to 2019 and 2020 and there were 58 separations of sworn officers during the quarter versus 30 hires during the same period. Salary savings from attrition may reach as high as $13m in 2021. You can also take a look at a slew of SPD exit interviews since last summer.
Other News of Note