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Extra Police Staffing in Neighborhoods to Deter/Prevent Gun Violence

Chief Kathleen O’Toole has directed the Seattle Police Operations and Investigations Bureaus to accelerate summer staffing deployment levels in an ongoing effort to deter and prevent gun violence. Starting tonight, Seattle residents can expect to see extra police officers in neighborhoods, nightlife districts and hotspots detailed in our SeaStat crime analysis reports.

These added resources will be a mixture of officers brought in on overtime as well as staff from other assignments, such as the Gang Unit, SWAT and Traffic, in coordination with the Real Time Crime Center.

The accelerated deployment is due in part to two early morning shootings in which four people were injured, one of them seriously.

The first shooting occurred shortly before 1 a.m. near 10th Avenue East and East Seneca Street. The second shooting occurred just after 2 a.m. in a parking lot at Occidental Avenue South and South Washington Street. The injuries occurred in the latest shooting.

Both investigations remain active and ongoing and have been assigned to the Gang Unit for follow up.  Anyone with information regarding either incident is urged to call 911.