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First ever Seattle Police Department Hackathon seen as step in new direction

SPD’s outreach event to local techies garners overwhelming support and interest in government transparency

By Tim Clifford

On Dec.19 the Seattle Police Department held its first ever SPD Hackathon in the basement of the department’s headquarters on 5th Ave. A training room was turned into a “geek den” replete with coffee, pastries and plenty of outlets to accommodate the 80 plus attendees; including representatives from Amazon, Microsoft, and the University of Washington among numerous others.
The event went from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Officials from the City Attorney’s office, Lynwood Police Department, King County Sheriff’s Department and SPD were also on hand to take notes and engage in the discussion. Even Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole were on hand for a short time.

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