Chief O’Toole on Latest Federal Monitor Report on Crisis Intervention

The Seattle Police Department is moving forward with reform as noted by the Federal Monitor’s filing today. The Monitoring Team acknowledged strides SPD has taken in how we engage persons in crisis.

Per the report, officers used force against individuals in crisis less than two percent of the time, all officers have received some level of Crisis Intervention training, and SPD has placed an emphasis on guiding those in crisis to social services rather than to jail.

This latest monitoring report speaks volumes to the pride and professionalism of our officers in how we engage our most vulnerable residents. While SPD has moved forward with implementing many of the provisions of the Consent Decree, there is still much to do. We will continue to work collaboratively with our Federal partners and the Monitoring Team to enhance public trust and further professionalize the SPD.