Letter to Editor
It is my opinion that lowering standards for employment with SPD is doing a dis-service to all concerned.
This action not only will probably cause the DOJ along with Mr. Merrick Bob and his band of merrymen to remain in Seattle at absorbent cost to the taxpayers to see that this change is carried out as they have (unjustly in my and others opinions) determined that neither the Mayor, the City Council or SPD itself capable of the job.
One can certainly understand and agree that the SPD should reflect all members of our community.
That being said, I disagree that we need to make changes that are not necessary and lower standards. Mayor McGinn has said he wants the SPD to "reflect the community it serves."
Admirable. Is this saying there are NO APPLICANTS from different ethnic backgrounds or cultural backgrounds that can pass the existing requirements to make law enforcement a career? Definitely not true. Take a look at the current make-up of SPD.