Chief Pugel Weighs in on Expectations of Officers

I am aware of the article by Mr. Holden in the Stranger Slog documenting the allegation of rudeness by one of my police officers.

Once we learned of the incident the department immediately referred the complaint to the Office of Professional Accountability.  I have discussed it with OPA Director Pierce Murphy.

While I cannot comment on the specific complaint, the allegation, if true, does not match what the department teaches in our LEED (Listen and Explain with Equity and Dignity) training, nor with the four cornerstones of my administration which are ‘Excellence, Justice, Humility and Harm Reduction’.

I have known Mr. Holden personally for many years, have regular communications with him and have assured him that we will get to the truth.