Wondering what’s being done about gun violence? City Council briefing Wednesday

9:04 AM: In discussion following recent gunfire incidents in our area – with or without victims/damage – someone invariably asks what elected officials are doing about it. One answer just came in via the agenda for tomorrow morning’s meeting of the City Council’s Gender Equity, Safe Communities, and New Americans Committee – an item titled “Seattle Police Department Briefing on Gun Violence” is first up at 9:30 am. No documentation is attached to the agenda yet; we’ll check back. The SPD briefers are scheduled to include Chief Operating Officer Brian Maxey. The committee is headed by West Seattle-residing at-large Councilmember Lorena González; its meeting starts at 9:30 am Wednesday at City Hall – if you can’t be there, you can watch live via Seattle Channel, online or cable 21.

P.S. As of SPD’s most-recent SeaStat briefing last Wednesday – see page 5 of this slide deck – shots-fired incidents were ahead of this point last year, with 155 reported citywide (the graphic at right is from that slide). The Southwest Precinct area – West Seattle and South Park – has the second-highest number of them, though at 27 so far this year, that’s a distant second to the 72 reported in the South Precinct.

5 PM UPDATE: The slide deck for tomorrow’s briefing is now available here.

2 Replies to "Wondering what's being done about gun violence? City Council briefing Wednesday"

  • PeanutGallery May 23, 2017 (5:38 pm)

    Is there a reason those three very separate topics are rolled into one committee?  That seems bizarre to me.  I’d really like to see a separate committee dedicated to Safety.  

  • MJ May 23, 2017 (10:36 pm)

    Hi. I live on ALKI..its 10:15PM ..shooting here…don’t know if victim is dead. Can the SPD I have talked with at Starbucks on Alki and 61st for the last 3 yrs and officers dutifully biking along  AKLI in the afternoons and some parked at Rocky Beach at . unfortunately the WRONG time, PLEASE, be here when we need them ??? Tonight may help give them a good example of cruise times…

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