Seattle The service Police of are sending detectives and non-patrol officers to respond to emergency calls due to a shortage of patrol officers as union leaders fear that they will get worse because of the target COVID-19 vaccines mandates .
Due to theWith a shortage of staff, the Seattle Police Department activated its three-step emergency mobilization plan on Wednesday, ROI reported.
It involves all sworn personnel on duty, including detectives, employees of the education and training section and persons within the department with a patrolling history relating to their shifts in uniform and ready to answer 911 calls if necessary.
If the department receives a credible threat "that has the potential to cause significant damage, destruction of property, or widespread public fear ", the plan requires that the normal distribution be modified, which will have an impact on its ability to conduct routine operations.
RESIDENTS OF SEATTLE ASK THE CHIEF OF POLICE FOR THE ADDRESS OF THE CAMP OF HOMELESS AS A VACCINE MANDATE IS INCREASINGLY THREATENING PATROLS
The department has lost more than 300 officers in the past year, KOMO reported. Almost 300 more could be made redundant If they don't meet the deadline of October 18 to get their coronavirus vaccine.
"We can't afford to lose one, that's how bad we are desperate to keep people, "said police union president Mike Solan. " If we lose more officers, the public safety situation will become all the more untenable here. " "
According to figures from the Seattle Mayor's Office, 782 officers submitted proof of COVID-19 vaccination,while 98 officers are requesting exemptions and 186 have not submitted documents. Officials hope others will submit the required documents as the deadline approaches.
Seattle Police confer after havingparticipated in a public appeal at Hing Hay Park in Seattle's Chinatown-International Chinatown on Thursday, March 18, 2021. Seattle Police Department arranges for detectives and non-patrol personnel to respond to emergency calls due to a shortage of officers that union leaders fear will be made worse by COVID-19 vaccination warrants. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren, File)
"Come on October 19th, [we're going] to watch what next The steps are intended for officers who at this point have not handed in their vaccination cards, "police spokesman Sergeant Randy Huserik said last week.
The shortage The staffing came as the Seattle area, like other metropolitan areas in the United States, is experiencing an increase in gun violence. The fatal shootings in the first nine months of 2021 in King County, which comprend Seattle, already surpass last year's year-end total. By the end of September, 73 people had been killed and 283 injured in shootings in King County this year, according to data from the King County District Attorney's Project Shots Fired. For the whole of 2020, there have been 69 gun-related homicides and 268 non-fatal homicides in King County.
Meanwhile, Seattle residents of the North Ballard / Crown Hill Ward met with Seattle Police Department Acting Chief Adrian Diaz on Tuesday to discuss the increase in harassment, outdoor drug trafficking and use, and breaking-up and robberies from local businesses all associated with a homeless settlement in Ballard Commons Park, KOMO reported.
Sunday, the firefighters of Seattle attempted to resuscitate a 56-year-old woman at the camp, but were unable to save her life. Diaz took part in a community march, allowing residents to voice their frustrations after a fire ravaged the tents at the camp last month and several propane tanks exploded, KIRO reported.
Seattle's mayor election is expected to take place in November. Democratic Mayor Jenny Durkan said the Ballard Commons Park camp was on the city's "priority removal list " but did not provide a timeline. Durkan is not running for a second term after a year of controversies over pandemic-era lockdowns, anti-police protests and a possible autonomous zone.
L 'Associated Press contributed to this report.