Mayor submits legislation to move Settlement Agreement forward
SEATTLE - Mayor Mike McGinn has submitted two pieces of legislation to the City Council that will create staff resources for the Community Police Commission, support new personnel in the Seattle Police Department dedicated to implementing the City’s Settlement Agreement with the Department of Justice and payment of the court appointed monitor for the remainder of 2013. Funding for this work was included in the mayor’s proposed budget to Council for 2013.
"This legislation ensures that our Community Police Commission is fully supported with dedicated staff resources and that our police department has the personnel needed to ensure we fulfill our commitments in the Settlement Agreement," said McGinn. "I look forward to Council passing this legislation swiftly so that this important work can proceed without delay."
The first piece of legislation creates an Office of the Community Police Commission within the Executive Department and provides the necessary positions and funding. The bill will create three new positions and set a budget of $362,865 for their work. This legislation also ensures a formal review of the Community Police Commission within six months after the end of the Settlement Agreement.
The second piece of legislation provides positions and funding to support the Seattle Police Department in its work to implement the Settlement Agreement. The bill will create seven new positions and set a budget of $2,767,110 for their work. The Settlement Agreement has work requirements which include program and policy evaluation and revision, data analysis and reporting, potential organizational changes, and revised training that must be provided to all sworn officers. This bill focuses on the SPD response by creating and funding these seven new positions to provide immediate support in meeting the basic requirements of the Agreement as well as continuing funding for positions added in the fourth quarter of 2012. It provides overtime funding associated with development of new professional policies, curriculum, and training modules for new sworn trainers; program evaluation and analysis; Force Intervention Team (FIT) call-outs; and additional support for the Office of Professional Accountability.
Funding for both pieces of legislation comes from existing budget reserves established in the 2013 Adopted Budget specifically for implementation of the Settlement Agreement.
Due to the length of time that is required to create, advertise, background, and hire staff, the mayor has already created seven emergency positions to enable SPD to begin the hiring process. Swift passage of this legislation is important in order for SPD to meet the requirements of the Settlement Agreement. Delays in adoption could have at least two potential consequences: SPD would need to shift resources away from patrol and other activities to absorb this workload, and/or SPD would need to reduce proposed work on the Settlement Agreement which could affect compliance. Additionally, the City’s ability to continue prompt payments to the court appointed monitor is contingent upon the passage of this bill, as it also enables the payment of the monitor for the remainder of 2013.
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