SPD Union President: City Underreporting Officer Loss, Alternative Policing Needs Collective Bargaining

SEATTLE – The president of the union representing Seattle police officers says the city is not being “accurate” with the public about the rate depletion rate of officers leaving the department and warned any “alternative policing” model is subject to collective bargaining.

Seattle Police Officer’s Guild (SPOG) President Mike Solan tells FOX 13 that the true number of officers that have left the department in the first four months of the year is 59.

During an April 26 committee meeting with Seattle City Council members, Interim Police Chief Adrian Diaz said that number was 43, not 59. He also said that had been 13 new hires in 2022.

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