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Tag: Police Department

Urban Politics #233: Seattle’s First Survey of Police Officers

May 2nd, 2007

In early 2006 I commissioned a survey of Seattle Police Officers from David Brody, WSU Spokane Criminal Justice Program Coordinator and Nicholas Lovrich, Director, WSU Division of Governmental Studies and Services of Washington State University. They’ve worked extensively surveying police departments, most recently those in Spokane and Olympia. In looking for a professional consultant with police survey experience, I found that while police officer opinion surveys are common, less than half a dozen in the nation have focused on their attitudes toward civilian oversight.


Urban Politics #178: City Council Says No To The Homeland Security Act

April 19th, 2004

On a day that President Bush called for renewal of the Patriot Act, I introduced and got the Council to unanimously pass a resolution opposing new federal legislation that would force local police to enforce immigration laws or lose Federal funding.


Urban Politics #145: New INS Legislation Proposed

December 8th, 2002

On Tuesday, December 10 in my Neighborhood, Arts, and Civil Rights Committee I will be introducing legislation that codifies for the City of Seattle the historical relationship between city officials, namely law enforcement and social service providers, and the federal Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS). This is a long-standing relationship that although it isn’t codified in federal law is well established in legal precedent.


Urban Politics #115: Two Public Forums This Weekend

October 22nd, 2001

I am sponsoring two public forums on a couple of issues that have received much discussion over the past year in the media. The first one takes place this Friday evening and covers the issue of citizen oversight of police departments. Seventy of our nation’s largest cities have some type of functioning such body. Seattle is in the process of creating one but it has yet to be fully established. San Francisco started theirs in the early 1980’s through the initiative process. It has since received a reputation for being one of the most effective in the nation, and one that also has a working relationship with their police union. Are there any lessons for Seattle to learn from San Francisco’s experience?


Urban Politics #91: A Brief Review Of The Wto Panel II Report

August 25th, 2000

Seattle City Council members Nick Licata, Jan Drago, and Jim Compton led the efforts of the Seattle Council to examine what went wrong during the WTO Ministerial in order to prevent a similar outcome in the future. Through the leadership of these councilmembers, the city council passed Seattle City Council Resolution 30100. This resolution established an Accountability Review Committee (ARC) to “review events surrounding the 1999 World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Seattle.”


Urban Politics #82: City Council’s WTO Accountability Review Committee

February 17th, 2000

The following preamble and workplan have been reviewed and shaped by leaders of the faith community, organized labor, police guild and civil rights organizations. It is not perfect but as Kathleen Taylor, ACLU Washington Executive Director has written, “The Council review is appropriately focusing on policy changes needed to prevent civil liberty abuses in the future. The Council rightly will not attempt to resolve specific claims of civil liberties violations. If the panels meet the high expectations set forth by Councilmember Compton’s Accountability Review Committee, the City will be well served.”