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SPD Statement on East Precinct Building Safety Measures

The Seattle Police Department has been actively engaging with Capitol Hill residents, business owners and community leaders and hears their concerns about the barriers at the East Precinct. As a result of those discussions, work has begun. Broken windows are being replaced and will be covered temporarily with plywood. The concrete barrier will also be removed and replaced temporarily with a fence. The SPD is taking these steps to reduce obstacles between officers and the people we serve. It is the Department’s hope the plywood on the windows and the temporary fence can also soon be removed. The timeline for that work will depend on whether the building again becomes a target for arson and property damage. It is the Department’s hope to fully re-open the East Precinct to our neighbors as soon as possible.