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Chief Pugel Joins Harvard Panel On Criminal Justice Reform

Chief Jim Pugel to Join Executive Session on Community Corrections at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Seattle, WA – Chief Jim Pugel will be a member of the new Executive Session on Community Corrections convening over the next three years at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy… [ Keep reading ]

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… [ Keep reading ]

Chief Pugel Weighs in on Expectations of Officers

I am aware of the article by Mr. Holden in the Stranger Slog documenting the allegation of rudeness by one of my police officers. Once we learned of the incident the department immediately referred the complaint to the Office of Professional Accountability.  I have discussed it with OPA Director Pierce… [ Keep reading ]

An update on summer public safety in the East Precinct

Seattle- the Mayor continues his series of summer police precinct visits by meeting with East Precinct commander, Captain Ron Wilson.  The East Precinct covers eight square miles, between central Seattle between Lake Union and Lake Washington, and the Ship Canal and I-90 and employs 126 sworn and civilian personnel. To… [ Keep reading ]

Everything That Happened on May Day 2013

With the exception of a few minor scuffles between clowns and our local superheroes, the 13th Annual May Day March for Worker and Immigrant Rights was a complete success and went off without a hitch. But two hours after that march ended, at about 6 pm, another group of… [ Keep reading ]

What You Need to Know About May Day 2013 (UPDATED)

This post has been updated since it was posted at 5:36 pm on 4/30 Tomorrow is May Day, which means you’ll see a large crowd winding its way through the Central District and downtown Seattle during the afternoon and evening as part of the 13th Annual May Day March for… [ Keep reading ]

SPD Chief John Diaz Retiring; Assistant Chief Jim Pugel Promoted to Interim Chief

After a 36-year career in law enforcement, Seattle police Chief John Diaz is retiring. “It was time,” Chief Diaz said at a press conference Monday morning, flanked by his successor, Assistant Chief Jim Pugel, and Mayor Mike McGinn. Since taking the helm at SPD in 2009, Chief Diaz has overseen,… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Updates Public on SPD 20/20 Initiative

This news release is from the Office of Mayor Mike McGinn Today Mayor Mike McGinn and the Seattle Police Department’s 20/20 team provided an update to the public on the progress of 20/20 implementation. The mayor also announced new civilian appointments to the Firearms Review Board, which reviews each discharge of… [ Keep reading ]

Clarification On One of The More Interesting Items Brought to Today’s Buyback Event

We’ve received a number of questions about one particular item collected at today’s buyback, so we will try and provide some clarification: A man standing outside the gun buyback event this afternoon was showing his recently purchased launch tube assembly for a Stinger portable surface-to-air missile.  Naturally, this created a… [ Keep reading ]

Great Turnout At Today’s Gun Buyback Event

Great response to today’s event.  We had no idea the number of people who would show up to turn in their unwanted guns in exchange for gift cards.  The response was so great in fact, that we ended up shutting down early just to ensure we had enough gift cards for everyone… [ Keep reading ]