How many juveniles do you rescue in a year?
What happens to juveniles that have been trafficked from overseas?
Does the SPD work directly with foreign governments?
Does SPD work with ICE at all to track down and arrest human traffickers?
We work with anyone who will help us recover girls from the nightmare of prostitution. As far as the numbers and whats considered a rescue that is hard to tell you. It is unfortunatley very common to find a girl and then she will be back working again a few days later
We work with anyone who will help us recover girls from the nightmare of prostitution.
Does that mean you do work with ICE? What law enforcement agencies do you work with the most? Is there any additional cooperation between yourself and anyone else that would assist your work?
Does that mean you do work with foreign governments? How does that work? If you rescue a juvenile trafficked here from Asia, what is the process like?
How often do you reach out to motels, hotels, apartment managers, etc on what to look for? Do you work with those type of people to try and alert you to possible trafficking?
I appreciate your response and everything you do for the community and those you rescue.
HSI (not ICE) , local PDs, FBI DSHS CPS , out of state agencies are quite common. We do work with hotels and give trainings to managers on what to look for. So hotels are better then others as far as looking for possible trafficking and working with us.
Hey folks, was off-line for a long weekend. Without knowing a bit more about the circumstances (or even the hotel) it's hard to shed any more light on what happened here. The response, as described above, would be unusual. Possession of a fake ID and narcotics are both felonies. If OP wants to DM some additional info (most importantly when/where this happened), i'd be happy to look into it further.
Why are known drug houses allowed to stay in operation? It almost seems like they have a get out of jail free card or something with the lack of enforcement.
It is important to keep in the mind the importance of reporting. We cannot work to address an issue, unless we are aware of it.
I would encourage you to report suspicious activity you are seeing via the many avenues available- 911, online, and the SPD non-emergency number.
Has SPD considered the use of bait cars as a vehicle theft deterrent? Seems like pre-transponder/chip key vehicles get stolen extremely frequently in this city.
We have attempted to use bait cars in the past, without much success.
However, when it comes to motor vehicle theft- for the majority of 2017- we saw a decrease in incidents, as compared to last year. Please feel free to take a look at our website, to look at crime statistics for your neighborhood, your precinct and the city as a whole- https://www.seattle.gov/police/information-and-data/crime-dashboard
Paging /u/Seattle_PD. I am sure you are aware of this, but if not this information is worth checking out. I have seen dozens of bikes heading to this area on my daily commute. I have even seen (and nearly hit) people on bikes crossing the I5 entrance ramp I use to get to the Madison st./James st. exit off of I5 north. Thank you original op for recording this and posting the location.
Thanks for the response. In the future if there's a question that's getting huge traction but isn't something that can be answered in that context, it's probably helpful just to explain that - otherwise it very much creates the impression of a PR effort and a hunt for softballs.
But it seems strange that a domestic violence sergeant wouldn't be the best to answer a question about how the department is working to reduce dv issues among officers; if they wouldn't know, who would?
And things related to officer (and their families') wellness would typically fall under the purview of our Peer Support team, rather than a section of our Investigations Bureau.
/u/Seattle_PD - you do know what the last "a" in "AMA" means, right?
It means you don't ignore the most upvoted question (or any question, but it's especially glaring when it's the most upvoted) simply on the basis of it being an uncomfortable question. That's considered shitty and antithetical to the foundational idea of an AMA. If you aren't willing to answer any non-troll question you're handed, then you're not ready to be the subject of an "AMA".
/u/rattus and other mods, can we not give them stickied AMA threads to support their internal PR efforts if they won't even abide by reddiquette on them?
Feedback noted. To be frank, we're bringing in folks who have little to no (mostly no) experience with Reddit and it's structure, best practices, etc, let alone writing/posting for an audience on the clock. I provide some guidance along the way, but try to leave it up to them. Still, I'll absolutely keep this in mind in the future. The goal here, rather than a PR effort, is to provide greater access to subject matter experts doing interesting/hard/weird work in SPD. We're not just here for softballs, which is why we've had folks come in and talk about bike theft, property crime and the 100 duck sized horses/1 horse sized duck conundrum.
There are always going to be things that don't really fall within the purview of the person guesting for the AMA, but I'll do my best to make sure we're making the most of these conversations -Jonah
No, I was telling the police what I knew about a burglary that happened when I was traveling and and the burglar/neighbor butted in and admitted she had done it. The police just left and haven't responded to any requests for follow-up. The burglar has made no effort to hide what she did.
Happy to check on your case's status if you'd like to PM your case #
As the parent of a special needs child, someone who has worked with special needs people, and as someone who follows current events, NEVER, EVER call the police.
Law enforcement is untrained and completely ill-prepared to deal with people who suffer from mental development and psychological issues, and calling the police is likely to get them killed.
/u/Seattle_pd can correct me if I'm wrong but I believe that alll SPD officers have basic awareness training on dealing with people with developmental delays or mental health issues and a huge number have completed the 40 hour crisis intervention course. I'd think that given all the focus on appropriate use of force following the DOJ consent decree Seattle is probably a safer than typical place to have the police involved in crisis response.
Correct. All of our officers receive training in these areas. The department also has teams of officers and mental health professionals who receive additional training and specialize in crisis intervention.
OMG! That is pretty intense.
The license plate was not enough?! What more did they need?
This can actually be a tricky thing as the car and plate doesn't necessarily prove who was driving.
So that's why people who get in accidents, often at night, just take off running and leave their vehicle behind.
"Oh, it was stolen, I just hadn't gotten around to filing a report yet."
That is a thing people do sometimes. That said, good info from witnesses, a quick call to 911, etc can still lead to an arrest.
Hi. If you believe you were improperly cited you can appeal the citation.This is a Seattle Department of Transportation Program, and one I know they are or have reviewed, so I'd encourage anyone who has concerns about the timing of sign placement to contact them and provide feedback.
Spraying people with any liquid could potentially lead to an assault arrest.
Wearing any kind of makeup, clown or otherwise, is not inherently against the law.
While you're in town, we'd highly recommend the Pacific Science Center if you have any interest in magnets and, specifically, how they work.
Thanks for the gold!
I call BS hey /u/Seattle_PD why does this only apply to the admiral neighborhood and not the rest of the city, helmet cams, dash cams or other types of civilian reporting?
Is this a official shift in policy?
Not that I'm aware of. Not sure if there's a miscommunication here, but my understanding is (as is mentioned downthread) violations must be witnessed by an officer or a traffic camera. I'll check into this when back in the office tomorrow.
Confirmed: looks like there was a misunderstanding. Officers need to visibly see the violation to write a citation.
That took longer than I thought it would, considering the quality of the photo and the fact that the license plate is clearly displayed. Wouldn't you think this would be fairly high priority?
Police investigations are rarely as simple as they appear on TV. Running down tips and leads (sometimes to other jurisdictions), talking to witnesses--who may not always be immediately available to speak to detectives--and identifying suspects all take time. It's also almost universally the case that detectives are juggling multiple cases at once as well.
Running a license plate takes less than a minute.
Indeed. However, sometimes vehicles associated with crimes aren't properly registered. So, after identifying a possible suspect and running down that lead, things take a turn and head off in a completely different direction.
Thanks for flagging this. Will reach out to SDOT (which manages the signage program), Parking Enforcement and the city's fiscal office (which oversees towing contracts). Might take a day or two as it's the weekend but I'll see what I can find out. SDOT is aware of concerns about the parking signage program and was reviewing protocols (IIRC) so I'll see if there are any updates there, too. Apologies to folks affected by this.
According to the info I just received from parking enforcement, signs were placed on 4th Ave on 5/4 in advance of the March of Dimes walk (which also accounts for why tow trucks would be out there at 7AM on 5/6). Several vehicles were cited and towed that morning to clear the road for the walk.
That said, since the pictured sign doesn't appear to have been one of the ones posted by SDOT, I'd be happy to dig a bit more if anyone who was cited/towed wants to PM their citation #.