Chief O’Toole’s Statement on Irish Nomination

Late last evening, I received a call from the Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland who informed me that she intended to nominate me as chair of a commission to reform Irish policing.  I am certainly honored by this nomination, but also it is a testament to the incredible work the men and women of the SPD have accomplished over the past four years in bringing this department into compliance with our federal consent decree and embracing principles of reform.  While I have not yet had the opportunity to discuss this nomination more fully with the Irish government, it in no way lessens my commitment to the Seattle Police Department and the people of Seattle.  To the contrary, I look forward to the opportunity to share the lessons learned in Seattle on an international level, while continuing to focus on reform, halting gun violence, and building bridges with those we serve.