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Urban Politics #260: Public Hearings Before Police Contract Negotiations Begin

September 12th, 2008

Many aspects of police accountability must be bargained with the police labor unions including the Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG) and the Seattle Police Management Association (SPMA). Labor negotiations are very different from the usual legislative process and they are confidential.

Once they begin, labor negotiations do not allow for public involvement. By law, the public is not a direct party to the process itself. The public interest is represented by the elected officials involved in the process.


Urban Politics #254: Seattle Police Officers’ Contract

May 1st, 2008

Last week, a proposed labor contract agreement between the City and the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild (SPOG) was announced by each the Mayor’s Office, Council Public Safety Committee Chair Councilmember Tim Burgess, and SPOG. Each announcement recognized the shared interests – including higher wages, accountability, and recruitment incentives – of our police officers, Seattle residents and City officials.


Urban Politics #247: Police Accountability in 2008

January 28th, 2008

This could be the pivotal year for determining if Seattle can have an effective and fair police accountability system. Before the end of the first month of the year these major developments are unfolding: previous Council legislation allowing the citizen’s review board on police conduct to look at the names of officers on closed Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) cases was struck down by a State administrative hearing officer; the Mayor’s advisory panel on police accountability is releasing their recommendations; and Council’s legislation on requiring a public hearing before future negotiations begin will be introduced.


Urban Politics #215: Public Hearing

May 23rd, 2006

A public hearing held on April 18 in my Public Safety, Governmental Relations, and Arts Committee was called by some a “historic moment.” It was the first time in Seattle that a public hearing was held in advance of its police union labor talks.


Urban Politics #212: Police Accountability

April 14th, 2006

Police accountability means many things to many people. This hearing is not intended to be a venue for testifying about more general public safety issues such as a) the need for additional neighborhood patrol staffing, b) neighborhood watch groups’ needs for better access to data about local crime trends, or c) individual complaints. If you have an interest in issues like these, you can contact my office to find out what meetings are scheduled for citizen input.


Urban Politics #195: A Public Safety Initiative

May 10th, 2005

On April 26, 2005 the Council sponsored a Citywide Neighborhood Crime Summit and Public Hearing where a packed Council Chamber heard each of the Police Precinct Commanders explain how they deployed their police officers in their respective precincts in response to citizen concerns about crime. The Chair of each Precinct Advisory Council also chaired meetings for each of the Precinct caucuses during a breakout session and then reported back to the full group.