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2 | MARCH 29, 2012
Protecting Constitutional Rights
1. Reform Management of Public Demonstrations2. Develop Protocols to Prevent Low-Level Offenses from Escalating3. Address Biased Policing
 Training for Seattle’s Values
4. Train All Ofcers on Use of Force Standards Consistent with Seattle’s Values5. Train Ofcers in Appropriate Search and Seizure Practices6. Improve Supervision by Creating a Sergeant’s Academy7. Improve Leadership by Creating a Commander Academy8. Train New Ofcers to Understand Seattle
As mayor of Seattle I am committed to a police force that protects public
safety, ghts crime, and treats every individual fairly. High prole incidents andthe Department of Justice investigation highlighted longstanding communityconcerns about police practices. At the same time, there are deep publicconcerns about safety in our neighborhoods. We must respond to both. I havemade it my job to reach out and listen to all perspectives. We have listenedto community members in gatherings large and small. We have solicited andreviewed proposals for reform. I have invited my colleagues on the City Councilto share their viewpoints. I have spoken directly to ofcers who are out thereevery day working to keep us safe. And I have challenged our police leadershipto respond to the concerns I’ve heard.Today, we are announcing 20 new initiatives to be completed over the next 20months. The reforms described in this document go far beyond a response tothe Department of Justice report. These reforms will also increase the safety of our communities whileimproving the effectiveness of the police department at preventing and controlling crime. The changes weare proposing are intended to be lasting and sustainable. They will give Seattle a department that earnsrespect as it protects the people we serve. We are committed to implementing all of these initiatives withinthe next 20 months, whether or not they are included in a consent decree. This list does not precludeother reforms – we will also consider other proposals to help us achieve our goals. We believe these 20initiatives will help build a great police department that is professional, accountable, effective, and fair.
MARCH 29, 2012 | 3
Earning Public Trust
9. Improve Review of Uses of Force10. Develop a Binding, Written Code of Ethics11. Recruit Great Ofcers12. Systematic Enforcement of Professional Standards13. Enhance Early Intervention Systems
Using Data-Driven Practices
14. Implement a Data-Driven Approach to Policing15. Work with Major City Police Departments to Develop Best Practices
Partnering With the Public
16. Listen and Explain with Equity and Dignity17. Provide Better Information to the Public18. Improve Transparency and Accountability19. Launch a Community Outreach Initiative20. Launch a Customer Relations Initiative
As mayor, I will be holding police leadership accountable to achieve these changes. I will work withother City elected leaders to set clear and realistic expectations for the department while providing the resources and training sufcient to meet those expectations. I will be calling upon the communityto be a full partner with us as we address these challenges.
Mike McGinnMayor of Seattle

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