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Delayed 911 response “completely unacceptable:” police chief

February 18th, 2016 by Mike

In an odd half-day conversation with participants in the social media forum Nextdoor, Seattle’s new police chief said:

*  “It’s no surprise that your concerns again reflect what I’ve heard consistently from residents throughout the city. Property crime, 911 response, and homelessness are top of your lists.”

*  “This week we established a Property Crimes Task Force to focus exclusively on these crimes. This team will use strategies similar to those that have proven effective in addressing chronic crime and drug dealing downtown and in other neighborhoods in the city. I will share the early results soon.”
* “Our delayed 911 response times are completely unacceptable. Mayor Murray has directed me to take a hard look at our 911 response and modernize our system.”
Chief Kathleen O’Toole also addressed homeless issues in the conversation. For more, go to The C i s for Crank.
The “Nextdoor Town Hall” was announced at 10:22 a.m. Wednesday with this posting to the Nextdoor site:

Today I’d like to take this opportunity to hear directly from you. Let me know what we’re doing right, where we can improve and what questions you have. Simply reply to this post with your questions by 3:00 PM today and I’ll try to answer as many as possible with a post by 6:00 PM this evening.

She got 311 replies. Here’s her entire response:

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