The creation of a "Community Police Commission" was one of the mandated remedies for shaping up Seattle's maligned police force offered up under the city's agreement with the Department of Justice. And this morning Mayor Mike McGinn announced that, with input from the City Council, he's issued an executive order to officially launch just such a commission.
Now comes the task of filling this Community Police Commission with actual warm bodies.
Saying the Commission's role "is to support the development of reforms, the establishment of police priorities, and mechanisms to promote community confidence in the Seattle Police Department," in a written statement distributed to the media, this morning McGinn put a call out for applications. According to the Mayor's office, once it's filled out the commission "will include members from each precinct of the City, police officer unions, faith communities, minority, ethnic, and other community organizations, and student or youth organizations."
Considering everything that's transpired, it seems some remain skeptical - including commenter DonWard.
The only way this can work is if there's a blue ribbon panel. And by God it better be real blue, too. Like the Seattle skies in a Perry Como song!