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December 19th, 2013

South precinct captain John Hayes

John Hayes

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Hello Everyone,

I am Captain John Hayes of the Seattle Police Department’s South Precinct. I was recently appointed to oversee the South Precinct and I could not be happier. I have lived in the South Precinct area for over 31 years. What is so nice about the appointment here is that I am familiar with the precinct. Through the years I have gotten to know upfront and personal the views of community members, the patrol officers working out of the precinct and the various patrol commanders that have lead the South Precinct since 1983. I consider myself fortunate and blessed with this type of history and insight.  My goal is to one day leave the precinct with a community feeling that the South Precinct is an icon they can identify with proudly. I want each officer that walks in and out of the door each day for work, to know they are a part of making this precinct the best. That they know they are supported, trusted and admired. Lastly, that there is a mark each commander has made in the precinct that serves as a lasting tribute to this precinct’s history.

Chief Jim Pugel said it well when he announced his focus for the Seattle Police Department.

  • Justice
  • Excellence
  • Humility
  • Harm Reduction

It is something we all need to understand, embrace, and find our part that we can be directly involved with. Then evaluate whether or not we all did our part to the best of our ability.

In the future I will be writing about various aspects of the Seattle Police Department South Precinct. I will write about the work of South Precinct officers, perspective about policing issues and crime statistics to name just a few things. I plan to give a brief shout out to various people in the community or an officer who have done something positive to support the South Precinct community. There’s no doubt we all have things we can do better. Things we need to work on. I also believe we have a lot we can and should be proud of. I believe people need to hear about it!

I look forward to this opportunity, our partnership and success as a community. I most of all look forward to my partnership with the officers in the South Precinct. I am fortunate to have such an awesome group of women and men working in the South Precinct. It’s both sworn and civilian personnel that keep this precinct moving at its best.   

Captain John F. Hayes Jr.

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