Mayor Harrell’s Statement on the Federal Comptroller’s Report

“My administration is committed to ensuring that the SPD is an effective public safety service – centered on good police work, accountability, innovation and true community engagement. Every day, I speak with officers who share my vision of a police department defined by a culture of helping others and protecting all Seattle residents.

“The results of this comprehensive assessment clearly show that the SPD has made – and continues to make – significant progress since the implementation of the consent decree. I am grateful to our officers – their dedicated work has resulted in a significant 48% reduction in the use of force, led to better handling of crisis events, and shown steady improvement under difficult circumstances.

“There is still work to be done, but I believe our department can deliver on my administration’s commitment — and the demands of our community — to eliminate racial disparities in policing and eliminate the unwarranted use of strength.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the Department of Justice and the oversight team as we enter the final phase of the consent decree. From a period of sustained compliance to a period of institutionalized reform, we will work with these partners and our community to ensure that the City and its responsible entities are equipped to provide perpetual police oversight.

Read the full May 2022 comprehensive assessment of the Seattle Police Department by the Seattle Police Monitor here.