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WHIN responds to SPD community meeting

On Nov. 18 over 150 North Seattle residents flooded a small room at the Loyal Height Community Center to ask about the latest rise in crime in North Seattle.

The meeting was called by Whittier Heights Involved Neighbors (WHIN) to address concerns for Seattle Police Department short staffing, chronic property crime and long wait times.

Seven representatives from the SPD North Precinct attending the meeting along with representatives from City Council, including our Council President, Tim Burgess. City Attorney Liaison Brendan Brophy was also there to answer questions.

Members of the SPD included Community Police Team members Mike Cruzan and Sgt. Dianne Newsom, Crime Prevention Coordinator Elizabeth Scott, 911 Communications Section Operations officer Lt. George Bray and Sgt. James Arata.

The tone of the meeting was urgent, and space was scare priming many attendees to ask their questions.

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