Seattle City Council approves police recruitment, retention plan

The plan, proposed by Mayor Bruce Harrell in July, is intended to reduce the impacts of more than 460 officers leaving the department in recent years.

SEATTLE — The Seattle City Council approved an ordinance that focuses on improving police recruitment and retention on Tuesday.

The plan, proposed by Mayor Bruce Harrell in July, is intended to reduce the impacts of more than 460 officers leaving the department over approximately two-and-a-half years.

Under the plan, hiring incentives of up to $30,000 for lateral transfers and $7,500 for new recruits will be made available. If hired, officers will also be reimbursed for fees, travel expenses and

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