Harrell to host panel on downtown crime and street disorder
LEAD program under review, discussion
Seattle – Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, will host a special Public Safety meeting to discuss the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program. LEAD is one of the City’s major initiatives to reduce downtown crime and street disorder through targeted outreach and social services to individuals.
LEAD provides a tool for Seattle Police officers to refer individuals engaged in low level drug and prostitution offenses to an intensive social services intervention program in lieu of prosecution. The Public Defender’s Association’s (PDA) Racial Disparity Project is responsible for day-to-day program operations while policy is set by an oversight committee comprised of representatives from multiple agencies in Seattle and King County.
Council will listen and discuss with LEAD, SPD, Law, business and community groups, and social service case workers on how the program is operating.
Lunch & Learn presentation on LEAD program
Wednesday, September 24, 12:00 p.m.
Council Chambers, 2nd floor, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle 98104
Pete Holmes, City Attorney
Lisa Daugaard, Policy Director, Public Defender Association
Mike Washburn, Assistant Chief, SPD
Deanna Nollette, Captain, SPD
Chris Fowler, Captain, SPD
Ryan Long, Sgt, SPD
Ron Jackson, Director emeritus, Evergreen Treatment Services
Mary Barbosa, King County Prosecutor
Mark Cook, ACLU of WA
John Urquhart, King County Sheriff
Don Blakeney, Chinatown/ID Business Improvement Area
Elizabeth Campbell, Belltown Community Council
Kris Nyrop, LEAD program Director, Public Defender Association