Seattle City Council set to vote on ordinance focused on police recruitment, retention

A new plan focuses on career advancement opportunities for existing officers, strengthening the department’s recruitment team, and providing hiring incentives.

SEATTLE — An ordinance that focuses on increasing police recruitment and retention passed out of committee Tuesday and will soon head to the full Seattle City Council for a final vote. 

The measure addresses the loss of more than 400 police officers over the last two-and-a-half years.

The latest numbers presented before the Public Safety and Human Services Committee show where Seattle’s police staffing shortage stands now.

“There have been 109 separations in the first six months of 2022. That is about

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