Seattle police need about 400 more officers for public safety, chief says

Currently, the Seattle Police Department has about 1,015 deployable officers.

SEATTLE — The Seattle Police Department’s (SPD) interim chief Adrian Diaz thinks the department needs 1,400 officers to properly respond to the city’s public safety needs. Currently, the department has about 1,015.

Diaz discussed his vision for Seattle’s police force and programs aimed at improving the department’s relationship with the community during an interview Thursday with KING 5.

He said that for incidents like shots fired calls, robberies, aggravated assaults and any incident that requires officers to respond and conduct investigations, the department needs 1,400 officers.

“We look across the country about,

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