About our new Safe and Thriving Communities Division

The division was created in response to the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 and ensuing community advocacy efforts that urged the City to focus on BIPOC communities and shift safety investments into community-based organizations. It houses the City’s work to prevent gun violence, counter domestic violence and sexual assault, and help young people harmed by the criminal legal system. The division will also respond to community requests for the City of Seattle to reduce funding to the Seattle Police Department and reinvest in community building efforts using nearly $22 million in annual investments.

Message from our STC Division Director

"From the moment I watched the first seconds of what became the end of George Floyd's life, I realized the urgency of finding a way to protect the most vulnerable people in the most vulnerable places. I did not then, and I do not now believe that we must accept casual violence and racism as an inescapable part of life and our society. I want to work in this new safety division to directly address the needs of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities in a way that reimagines a society in which every person has the agency to meet basic needs with dignity. As a society, that is the only way we can truly thrive. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."
Rex Brown