SEATTLE — A court-appointed monitor says the Seattle Police Department has made “significant progress” toward reforms outlined in its 2012 settlement with the U.S. Justice Department and could reach full compliance within a year.
Merrick Bobb made the comments in a report filed in U.S. District Court on Monday. Bobb’s team has been monitoring changes in police training, use of force, and response to people in mental health crisis, among other things, after the DOJ found in 2011 officers were too quick to resort to force, especially in low-level situations.
In a twice-a-year general update to the court, Bobb on Monday praised Mayor Ed Murray for making police reform a top priority and said full compliance with the settlement could be reached by next fall. That’s the first time Bobb has publicly estimated when that goal might be reached.
He also credited the work of rank-and-file officers, who he said have taken new training and policies to heart.