Seattle homeless program cut; 70 officers face layoffs

SEATTLE (AP) — The mayor of Seattle has suspended a homeless outreach group that was providing services to people living on the streets, marking what could also be the beginning of police budget cuts. KOMO-TV reported that Mayor Jenny Durkan made the decision Wednesday after the City Council voted last week to override a mayoral veto that would have kept the outreach group called the Navigation Team. The group has 10 police officers and 14 outreach workers. Durkan said the city is also laying off 70 police officers. The process is being discussed with the Seattle Police Officers Guild union. It is not expected to be completed until Nov. 1.