Mayor Ed Murray Addresses Public Safety in Full Meeting
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray addressed the Seattle City Council Wednesday afternoon on public safety and partnering for safer neighborhoods.
“Police reform is but one thread of a much larger fabric of public safety – the entirety of which must be strong in order for people to feel safe and protected in their community,” Murray told the attendees lined wall-to-wall during the special full meeting of the Seattle City Council.
In reference to the “Summer of Safety” initiative, Murray said: “It is often said ‘nothing stops a bullet like a job.’ One recent experiment in Chicago shows that a summer job can decrease the chance of arrest for violent crime by as much as half.”
He added, “The City of Seattle runs a number of summer programs providing youth with jobs with private employers such as Swedish Medicine and Puget Sound Solar, as well as in our own departments. This year – thanks to partnering with the private sector, local philanthropy, community partners like Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club and our own city resources – we will increase last summer’s available youth opportunities by 50 percent.This will bring the total of summer youth opportunities made possible by the city to over 1,000 for the first time ever.”
Murray quickly pointed out that 1,000 summer youth opportunities was still too low.
“This is progress. But this is not enough. This is not acceptable. We must do better. I’ve reached out to local business leaders and asked them to lead an effort to create more job opportunities for our young people. In the coming year, we will work to streamline and unify this program, and at least double the number of opportunities for jobs in 2015,” he said.
Murray’s full remarks from the Seattle City Council meeting are below.