WEST SEATTLE POLICE: Capt. Krista Bair to become Southwest Precinct’s first female commander

In recent weeks, Southwest Precinct police have mentioned at community-council meetings that the precinct would soon change commanders. Today we’ve finally been able to confirm that. Capt. Krista Bair will take over next Tuesday (June 19). Online research indicates she is a 20+-year veteran of police work, with SPD roles including positions in the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Unit (updated: which she currently commands) and Office of Police Accountability. Capt. Martin Rivera, who has led the precinct since October 2021, will become “the new commander of the Violent Crimes Section,” according to SPD’s media team. Capt. Rivera tells WSB, “I am sad to go and will miss this beautiful community and the connections I have made.” He also confirms that Captain Bair will be the first female commander of the Southwest Precinct, which covers West Seattle and South Park. She was featured on the national website for the 30X30 Initiative aimed at advancing women in policing; read their Q&A with her here.

2 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE POLICE: Capt. Krista Bair to become Southwest Precinct's first female commander"

  • Myrna June 14, 2024 (1:17 pm)

    This makes me hopeful about the police and public service in general. Welcome Capt. Bair! Cool to read the interview and learn about 30×30 too.

  • Ann Schumann June 18, 2024 (5:48 pm)

    Congratulations Krista!   We look forward to you being our new Capt.   Maybe you will be in the junction sometime at the farmer market….we would all love to meet you.  Such an inspiration!

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