National Police Week
We commemorated National Police Week through local events honoring fallen officers, our Honor Guard hosted the Peace Officers Memorial and the Mariner’s saluted SPD. Our officers provide a service day in and day out to keep people safe, which also means putting their own lives at risk. They do this with pride and an unwavering commitment to our communities.
As National Police Week continues, we take a deeper look at the officers who make up the Honor Guard. And if you have a moment, stop by the Seattle Police Memorial Ceremony at City Hall Plaza on 4th Avenue at 11:00 am. https://t.co/CG2SsMYsvt
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) May 15, 2018
— Chief Carmen Best (@carmenbest) May 14, 2018
— Mariners (@Mariners) May 16, 2018
— Safeco Field (@SafecoField) May 16, 2018
Chief Carmen Best throws out the first pitch.
Officer’s Preston Turk and Joshua Vaaga deliver the game ball. They were first to respond to the scene when the Ken Griffey Jr. statue was vandalized.
Immigrant Family Institute
The Immigrant Family Institute (IFI) is an 8-week program that brings together immigrant youth, their parents/guardians, and Seattle police officers to learn from each other. The 2018 program will run from March 24 to May 12. IFI succeeded the former Refugee Women’s Institute.
We celebrated the end of our Immigrant Family Institute program. Once a week, for the past 8 weeks, facilitators, @SeattlePD officers & immigrants from Cambodia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mexico, Somalia & Vietnam dialogued to break down stereotypes. More info: https://t.co/02VaeOQvPHpic.twitter.com/UtMIPs0bOm
— Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (@iandraffairs) May 12, 2018
Ramadan Kareem to our Muslim Communities in Seattle and around the world!
The month-long journey of fasting and prayer encourages spiritual growth, reflection, and compassion for those who are less fortunate. It is a time of community, when Muslims gather with family and friends to pray and share iftar, the evening meal.
Muslim Seattleites help make Seattle the strong, diverse, and inclusive city it is today. Let us take the opportunity to honor the many cultures, traditions, and beliefs that make Seattle a wonderful place to live.
On behalf of the Seattle Police Department, I extend my best wishes to our Muslim communities. May this Ramadan bring you much peace, unity, and happiness.
Detective Cookie Bouldin Helping Kids Make All The Right Moves
The Puget Sound Association of Phi Beta Kappa selected Detective D. Cookie Bouldin to receive their 2018 Pathfinder Award Thursday during their luncheon at the Seattle Yacht Club. It honors those who encourage others to seek new worlds to discover, pathways to explore, and untouched destinations to reach. She was selected for this award for starting Detective Cookie’s Urban Youth Chess Club, where youth have fun playing chess, a positive activity that develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and teaches youth about the consequences of their actions and improves their self-esteem. The chess club meets every Tuesday after school at the Rainier Beach Library and Saturdays at the Rainier Beach Community Center from noon to 2 p.m.
Briefing on Hate Crimes
Law enforcement officials outlined best practices for investigating and responding to hate crimes. Panelists included our own Assistant Chief Marc Garth Green and officials from the Justice Department, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Boston Police Department. This event was the first panel of U.S. Commission on Civil Rights day-long public briefing on hate crimes and other bias-related incidents
Lung Force Walk
SPD Mounted Patrol, K-9 Unit, Arson/Bomb Squad and Mobile Precinct was on hand at the Lung Force Walk to help raise awareness about lung cancer. Cancer is a disease that has affected many of our families and loved ones, including those here at SPD. The SPD team raised the second highest amount at this year’s walk.