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Record No: CB 120389    Version: Council Bill No: CB 120389
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 8/16/2022
Ordinance No: Ord 126654
Title: AN ORDINANCE related to recruitment and retention of police officers in the Seattle Police Department; modifying a proviso in the 2022 Budget by amending Ordinance 126589; creating positions in the Seattle Department of Human Resources to assist with recruitment to the Seattle Police Department; modifying appropriations in the 2022 Budget by amending Ordinance 126490; authorizing a hiring incentives program in the Seattle Police Department; and ratifying and confirming certain prior acts.
Sponsors: Lisa Herbold
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Amendment A, 3. Amendment B, 4. Amendment C, 5. Amendment A (track changes; added 8/17/22), 6. Amendment B (track changes; added 8/17/22), 7. Amendment C (track changes; added 8/17/22), 8. Central Staff Memo, 9. SPD Recruitment and Retention Plan, 10. Amendment 1, 11. Amendment 2
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE related to recruitment and retention of police officers in the Seattle Police Department; modifying a proviso in the 2022 Budget by amending Ordinance 126589; creating positions in the Seattle Department of Human Resources to assist with recruitment to the Seattle Police Department; modifying appropriations in the 2022 Budget by amending Ordinance 126490; authorizing a hiring incentives program in the Seattle Police Department; and ratifying and confirming certain prior acts.
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WHEREAS, the most serious violent crimes (homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) reported to the Seattle Police Department (SPD) increased by 20.1 percent to 2,303 incidents in the first five months of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021, the highest level in the previous ten years in the same five-month period; and
WHEREAS, in the calendar year 2021, Seattle's violent crime rate was 7.21 per 1,000 population; and
WHEREAS, the most significant property crimes (arson, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) increased 20.7 percent to 19,279 incidents in the first five months of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021, the highest level in the previous ten years in the same five-month period; and
WHEREAS, in the calendar year 2021, Seattle's property crime rate was 56.9 per 1,000 population; and
WHEREAS, Seattle police response times to 9-1-1 Priority 1 dispatches have a median measure of 7.5 minutes, in the first quarter of 2022, longer than the desired seven minutes; 48% of Priority 1 calls were responded to in under 7 minutes in 2022 so far, down from 52% in 2021; Priority 1 calls for service include life-threatening emergencies and serious crimes in progress; and
WHEREAS, the number of Seattle police officers fully trained and available for deployment was 954 at the end of May 2022, the lowest number since at least 1991, the first year the number of "in-service" of...

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