O’Toole Nominated as Seattle’s First Female Chief


Former Boston police Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole wasted no time Monday outlining an ambitious plan for the Seattle Police Department, listing four themes she will pursue if confirmed to be the city's next police chief, reports the Seattle Times. Within minutes of being named as Mayor Ed Murray's choice for the position, she rattled them off: tirelessly working to restore public trust; rebuilding pride in a wounded department; improving the quality of life and reducing violence in neighborhoods, and operating the department as an effective and efficient business.

If confirmed by the City Council, O'Toole, 60, will be the first woman to serve as Seattle's full-time police chief. She pledged to push forward with federally mandated reforms to curtail excessive force and biased policing that she called an “outstanding road map.” “We have to acknowledge mistakes of the past,” O'Toole said, referring to a series of high-profile confrontations between officers and citizens, some caught on videotape, that led to federal oversight and a 2012 consent decree to institute reforms.

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