SEATTLE, WA– Sources tell Law Enforcement Today that Seattle is gearing up for a mass exodus of police officers.
Carmen Best was the first black woman to lead the Seattle Police Department, and was appointed as the city’s police chief back in July 2018. On Tuesday morning, August 11th, Chief Best announced her retirement.
At the time of her announcement, Best had served 28 years with the Seattle Police Department, rising through the ranks. Her retirement comes the day after the Seattle City Council approved slashing $3 million from the SPD, which includes a loss of 100 officers through a combination of layoffs and attrition.
During her press conference, she was very candid as she explained that she could not bring herself to carry out the layoffs. In the conference, she read a letter written to her from a new black officer.
“He is one of the people that will probably not keep a job here and that for me…I’m done. Can’t do it.”