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Record No: CB 120065    Version: Council Bill No: CB 120065
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 5/24/2021
Ordinance No: Ord 126353
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to emergency communications; amending Ordinance 126237, which adopted the 2021 Budget; transferring positions from the Seattle Police Department to the Community Safety and Communications Center; and ratifying and confirming certain prior acts.
Sponsors: Lisa Herbold
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Central Staff Memo, 3. Proposed Amendment, 4. Signed Ordinance 126353
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to emergency communications; amending Ordinance 126237, which adopted the 2021 Budget; transferring positions from the Seattle Police Department to the Community Safety and Communications Center; and ratifying and confirming certain prior acts.
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WHEREAS, throughout the summer of 2020, Seattle residents took to the streets to protest the unjust murders of Black Americans, including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and the shooting of Jacob Blake; all of these individuals experienced violent and lethal force at the hands of the police; and
WHEREAS, in response to this local and national civil rights reckoning, community members and civic leaders, including the Mayor and members of the City Council, have committed to a holistic review and community-led discussion around the effectiveness of the current way that community safety is provided in Seattle; and
WHEREAS, the shared vision for reimagining Seattle's system of community safety recognizes the importance of providing alternatives to armed police officer response, including civilian and community-based services and solutions; and
WHEREAS, based on community input, the Mayor and the City Council have pursued the transfer of certain functions out of the Seattle Police Department, including Emergency Management, 9-1-1 Dispatch, Crime Victim Advocates, and Parking Enforcement; and
WHEREAS, these transfers, taken in total, aim to reflect community expectations of the equitable delivery of City services, elevate emergency planning, improve the coordination of calls-for-service, increase civilian and community-based dispatch options, and bolster public trust and confidence in a reimagined system of community safety; and
WHEREAS, the creation of the new Community Safety and Communications Center allows the City to explore consolidation and co-location of communications and dispatch functions, design and develop...

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