SPD Thanks East Precinct Community For Feedback, Patience as Concrete Barriers Are Removed

After hearing from residents, business owners and community leaders in Capitol Hill, the City of Seattle and Seattle Police Department have completed the removal of the concrete barriers around the East Precinct.

Because of previous damage at the East Precinct, including several attempted arsons, the precinct windows will be covered with plywood, and the building will maintain a fenced, albeit significantly reduced, security perimeter. This will allow foot and bike traffic to resume around the precinct, unimpeded.

We know now is a pivotal moment for our department, and we know the barriers around the precinct have been a stark visual reminder of the rifts that exist in our city. We know our department has more work to do, and we look forward to the challenge of strengthening our relationships in our communities.

The department would like to thank our neighbors in the East Precinct for their feedback and their patience with this work.