Chief Kathleen O’Toole’s Statement on the Attack of Baton Rouge Police Officers

Once again our nation has been rocked by a senseless tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with our brother and sister officers in Baton Rouge, their families, and the communities they serve.

In Seattle, we have taken additional safety precautions, both in terms of officer deployment and security at our facilities. We will continue to monitor national events and work closely with our federal partners on risk assessment and mitigation. We will adjust our response accordingly.

Sincere thanks to the dedicated, hard-working men and women of the SPD who put their own safety at risk each day to make our community safer. Also, thanks to our Seattle community for the overwhelming support you have demonstrated during these very challenging times.