Seattle mayor unveils plan to cut police budget by $76M

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, center, speaks Monday, July 13, 2020, during a news conference at City Hall in Seattle as Police Chief Carmen Best, left, and Fire Chief Harold Scoggins , right, look on. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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UPDATED 6:59 AM PT — Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Seattle’s mayor announced a plan to cut millions of dollars from the city’s police department. Mayor Jenny Durkan is proposing the city cut $76 million from the department’s $400 million budget.

According to Durkan, the cuts would not jeopardize the region’s 9-1-1 service. This came after the city council originally voted to cut the budget nearly in half.

“Budget follows values and form, you don’t cut first and then think about what you will do,” the mayor stated. “Once you have developed a new model in policing and greater community investments, and a new model for health based solutions, then you build that budget.”

The mayor said $56 million can be saved by moving some police functions into the hands of the public, including the 9-1-1 call center and parking enforcement.

The remaining $20 million will be saved by not hiring more officers next year and placing a cap on available over-time hours.

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