Seattle police to redeploy 100 officers to 911 response

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Police Department is reassigning 100 officers from specialty units to patrol in hopes of increasing community engagement and speeding up 911 responses. Mayor Jenny Durkan and Interim Police Chief Adrian Diaz on Wednesday described the changes as part of the city’s broader efforts to reimagine the role of officers in response to anti-racism protests that have gripped the nation following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Diaz said the officers will largely come from community policing, traffic enforcement and similar units, rather than from those focused on violent crime, sexual assault or domestic violence.