The SPD Numbers Game

After nailing Mayor Mcginn for his flawed Nightlife Initiative plan, Publicola is back again with another hit on the mayor’s claim that Seattle has more cops than ever.

In response to a statement by Mayor Mike McGinn that the city of Seattle has “more officers on patrol than at any time in recent history,” the Downtown Seattle Association released a report yesterday showing that Seattle has fewer sworn officers per capita than it did ten years ago. McGinn has said that in light of ongoing budget shortfalls, he will not support hiring 21 new officers the city had planned to hire this year as part of its neighborhood-policing plan.