Would be interested in your comments on Councilmember Burgess’s approach to crime reduction. Mr. Burgess believes that “The SPD should ;shift away from the general policing of people’ and toward concentration in neighborhoods where such crimes as petty theft, property damage, vandalism, car break-ins and street drug trafficking seem ‘persistent and intractable.’” The article continues, “Rainier Valley, Pioneer Square, Belltown, and the International District are areas of Seattle that Burgess believes need such attention. The impact of seemingly ‘less serious’ crime can be, he argues, ‘corrosive on neighborhoods, particularly small business districts struggling in the current economy.’”
Would this change help or hurt public safety efforts in Fremont?
From Burgess: “Deep, fundamental reform” needed at SPD–The Seattle Police Department needs “deep, fundamental reform” ranging from an overhall of hiring and promotion to concentration on crime-heavy “hot spots”, according to a new report by Seattle City Councilman Tim Burgess.