An Open Letter to Stephen Colbert and Colbert Nation

Mr. Colbert and Colbert Nation, It has come to our attention that the Seattle Police Department was featured in a segment on your news program about marijuana enforcement in our great state, following the passage of Initiative 502. Unfortunately, this segment was rife with errors—understandable given that your program airs during a late evening hour, […]
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We Will Continue Our Mission of Public Safety With Regards to I-502

Today US Attorney General Holder announced that the federal government would not interfere with the implementation of I-502. Here is Interim Chief Jim Pugel’s statement on the decision: “I am pleased Attorney General Eric Holder has provided clarity about the future of Initiative 502 in Washington state. Our department will continue our mission of public […]
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Man Slapped With $513 Fine For Sidewalk Scooby Snack Sale

Officers marshmellowed one man’s buzz near Hempfest Saturday, citing him with a hefty fine selling weeded-up Rice Krispies Treats on the street. Around 5:30 PM, bike patrol officers were rolling around the streets outside Hempfest—making sure street vendors had all the proper permits—when they spotted a man sitting in a chair, selling Rice Krispies Treats […]
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Mayor Announces Changes to SPD Recruitment Policy

This news release is from the Office of Mayor Mike McGinn New outreach strategy and hiring standards will target diverse candidates representative of Seattle community SEATTLE – Mayor Mike McGinn today announced that as part of SPD 20/20: A Vision for the Future, new recruitment policies and outreach strategies have been adopted to encourage more diversity […]
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3 Arrested in North Seattle For Selling Marijuana to School-Aged Children

I-502 made some marijuana products legal in Washington State.  One of the things it didn’t do was make it legal to sell marijuana to school-aged children. Earlier this month the Seattle Police Department received complaints about middle school and high school students buying marijuana and marijuana-laced brownies from a residence in the 6700 block of 15th Avenue […]
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The Ave Getting “Too Hot” For Pot Dealers

It’s too hot to be dealing on The Ave. Those words were overheard by undercover narcotics detectives during a sweep of drug dealers in the University District last week. The sweep was the culmination of a six month operation to identify the most prolific drug dealers on Univeristy Way NE, commonly referred to as The Ave. The […]
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It’s Not That Kind of Greenspace

The Seattle Parks and Recreation department describes the nine acre Llandover Woods Greenspace as a quiet refuge on the edge of the Seattle border, filled with gravel trails and dense woods. The kind of place where ”visitors to the park are bound to see many hikers, joggers, people walking dogs, or smoking a pipe.” That last part might have […]
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SPD to Chill Out On Past Pot Use By Officer Candidates

Now that marijuana use has been decriminalized under Washington state law under Initiative 502, the Seattle Police Department (SPD) is softening its restrictions on past pot use by men and women applying to be police officers. “We are changing our policy as a direct result of the recent vote on I-502,” says Assistant Chief Jim […]
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