Sharp rise in violent crime considered a public safety emergency

Seattle Police reports that there has been an increase in violent crime recently in many of the city's neighborhoods. The Seattle Police Department views this increase as a public safety emergency.

To date, the Seattle Police Department is investigating nine homicides, and many shootings that could have easily become homicides, including one in Ballard.

Seattle Police detectives are investigating each and every one of these incidents, but they cannot solve these crimes alone. Investigators need the public’s assistance with information and tips if they are to solve cases.

Anyone with information on any of these crimes is urged to call the Seattle Police via the Homicide/Assault Tip Line at (206) 233-5000. Callers may remain anonymous if they wish.

In an effort to curb this recent increase in violence, the SPD is implementing violence prevention emphasis patrols in every precinct of the city. The dedicated emphasis patrols will work collaboratively with the communities and other stake holders to ensure that residents and visitors can live without fear.

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