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Today I am reporting the emails I received threatening me. I’m doing so in person to understand what it’s like to file a report with @SeattlePD at a precinct.
The desk officer informed that it will be about an hour to collect the report.
I was directed to call the non-emergency line to start the process.
A man just dropped off a dvd for a detective involving surveillance for an open burglary case.

The seating area is empty and nobody is here.

You have to buzz to gain access and the desk officer lets you. Not terribly inviting.
Spotted on the Department Priorties...
Some of the takeaways: Fentanyl warning and bio clean.
Some additional info. The “good character” requirement has historically been a vague way of keeping minorities and other communities out of policing.
Feel free to ask questions and I’ll try and get answers.
Art installation dedicated to Ghandi
Just speaking to one of the officers, and some fascinating stats-
North Precinct consists of 30 square miles
5 squads on patrol
Each squad (4-5 officers) responsible for 6 square miles of patrol
Also big problem is the number of officers assigned to patrol. With specialized units the percentage assigned to patrol has declined even if the actual force size has increased.
One of the officers who has been here for over 30 years tells me he’s staying on because he needs the insurance for his wife. Otherwise he would retire.

It speaks directly to the challenges of finding a new crop of recruits.
Re: the system.

After calling the non-emrgncy line it’s routed to the telephone unit who enters it into dispatch sys.

There are, not surprisingly, quite a few other calls ahead of me and requests for actual service.

Easy to see how staffing plays into response time.
Couple just came in to request info on filing a police report for a hit run. Told it would take 2hrs, sent on their way.
Now there is a small business owner filing a report about check fraud (somebody change the amount for the check he wrote).
It’s been an hour and a half.

The one concern I have after hearing from @leahegriffin is how #survivors are treated when they come in.

Everyone who has come in has been reporting non-violent incidents. But I wonder if that wasn’t the case.
Ok! Filing the report.
Report filed!! Fascinating and eye-opening process.
As I was leaving an off-duty cop stopped me:
“You’re not dropping out?”
Me “nope”
Him “we need more people like you.”
A follow-up I asked the officer about people who come and report serious crime. He tells me they’re brought to a private room and in the case of rape/sa a specially trained is brought in.
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