In a report released this afternoon, the Seattle Police Monitor credits the new police chief with making substantial progress in bringing the trouble department into compliance with court-ordered reforms.
The report is the fourth filed by Monitor Merrick Bobb and the most positive to date, noting progress in training, data driven policing, data collection, use of force policies and community outreach, among other areas.
The semi-annual report states: "…thanks to its current leadership, SPD is making sustained, positive progress. If it continues on the path that it is now, the Monitor can say — for the first time — that SPD is likely to get the job done.
But the report also raises concerns about whether officers are really putting their de-escalation training to use and whether they are being held accountable when they fail to de-escalate situations when engaging with suspects and citizens.
The monitor also notes that there are too many cases in which officers fail to activate their dash cameras to collect video they should have collected. And the Monitor raises concerns about some officers blaming the Department of Justice reforms for their inability to be pro-active or reactive in making stops on low level crimes.