First Seattle PD reform report gives mixed review

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by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 6:24 PM

The Seattle Police Department's interim chief was praised Friday in a new report on police reform.

A mixed review has come from court-appointed monitor Merrick Bobb. He praises Interim Chief Jim Pugel, saying Pugel is moving quickly to improve procedures.

"The trial is over, the settlement is here. We have to work with the settlement and it will lead to constitutional policing." saidPugel.

Bobb offered a more negative review of the police unions. In the report, Bobb said, "Thus far, the unions have failed to play a role in word or deed.”

"I obviously disagree with that,” said Sgt. Rich O'Neill, president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild. "We would like to see all of the reforms that need to be bargained, be bargained.”

This is the first report card since the Department of Justice entered into an agreement to oversee police reforms.

Bobb said police have taken steps towards compliance but, "There is still infighting up and down the command staff.”

The monitor said SPD's record keeping and data storage are in "profound need of overhauling.”

Bobb also said the Fire Arms Review Board fails to reach high standards.

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