In order to respond to the influx of calls in the busy summer season, SPD will be cutting staffing at all of its precinct lobbies, including Capitol Hill’s own East Precinct on 12th and Pine.
Starting July 3, SPD will be redeploying 25 of its officers currently assigned to precinct desks, the traffic unit, community police teams, school emphasis, and several federal task forces.
“We are looking at ways to continue service to those who need access to the precincts during this time period,” said Capt. Ron Wilson, East Precinct Commander.
The closure is a temporary measure, meant to help SPD respond better to the season’s typical increase in 911 calls.
“Our primary mission is responding to emergency calls,” said Deputy Chief Clark Kimerer in a statement from SPD’s blotter. “We understand it’s going to cause some inconveniences, but we feel this is necessary. It is our goal to return to normal operations after the summer.”
The official statement from the blotter can be found here.