Public Safety

The Alliance for Pioneer Square is committed to promoting public safety and civility in the Pioneer Square neighborhood. The Alliance for Pioneer Square engages the community through open-houses, one-on-one conversations, and resource provision to promote public safety and civility. The Alliance for Pioneer Square partners with the City of Seattle to ensure and environment of public safety and civility by implementing strategies to improve the public safety experience and perception.

A Call to Action

In February 2019, several of Seattle’s neighborhood business districts transmitted a report to municipal elected officials that analyzes the impact of prolific offenders in our city. “System Failure – Report on Prolific Offenders in Seattle’s Criminal Justice System” was commissioned by neighborhood business districts in Pioneer Square, Chinatown/International District, SODO, Downtown, Ballard, the University District and Seattle’s tourism industry. It analyzes a sample of 100 individuals with high frequency levels of criminal activity (four King County Jail bookings within the past year), community impact, root causes of problem behaviors, and why Seattle’s criminal justice system fails to reduce their recidivism. Report data was compiled from publicly available databases. Find the report here.

On October 1, a follow up to the System Failure has been released. System Failure, Part 2: Declines, Delays, and Dismissals examines new data from city agencies showing that most nontraffic criminal cases that Seattle Police send to the City Attorney’s Office never result in a meaningful resolution because of case declines, case filing delays and a high rate of dismissal. The report discusses how the poor performance of Seattle’s criminal justice system results in under-reporting of crime from chronic victims, poor police morale, and helps perpetuate crime and incarceration cycles for vulnerable individuals.

System Failure, Part 2: Declines, Delays, and Dismissals is a continuation of our efforts to better understand and shed light on the failures within out criminal justice system. The report fines that less than one out of three cases find a meaningful resolution and that system inefficiencies and discord have rippling effects that impact victims, the police and repeat offenders. Only with a thorough understanding of these system breakdowns can we accomplish the reforms and accountability we need to address the public safety issues impacting our business districts and neighborhood.

Public Safety Resources

Public safety resources can be found here.