- Chief Diaz rocking some sweet shades.
"It's about increasing police officer visibility and making people feel safe," said McGinn. "And it's cost effective—we're putting more officers on the street without costing the city money."
What McGinn means is, the plan won't take cherry-pick patrol officers from their scheduled neighborhood beats (or bring more officers in to work overtime). Instead, SPD will redeploy up to 25 officers from the department's anti-crime, traffic, and SWAT units to foot and bike patrols in crowded parts of Seattle. The officers will be out on the streets until 4:00 a.m.
Diaz said the nightlife safety plan not only reduced instances of crime last year, it helped quell the public's fear of crime. "Last year we saw a reduction in shootings," Diaz said. "A few times, officers were at a scene and were able to stop people with guns in hand."
The safety plan will be in effect through September.