Police Department Spends Too Much

Breaking News: Police Department Spends Too Much

Recent reports have suggested that Occupy Seattle has cost the city $529,000, most of which is in police overtime pay. One has to wonder about the wisdom of spending that much of the strapped city budget and taxpayer’s dollars to “police” a non-violent group of folks committed to social and economic justice. Occupy Seattle abides by its non-violence (as stated in Occupy Seattle’s Accountability Principles) and no smoking, drugs or alcohol policies (as stated in Occupy Seattle’s Good Neighbor Policy). In response to a movement dedicated to nonviolence, the sheer quantity of officers and vehicles at all hours was and is absolutely unnecessary. It’s not that Occupy Seattle required or requested this expenditure; it’s that the police department overestimated the need and therefore overspent.

Bad budgeting and overspending by the police department is not the fault of Occupy Seattle; it is the fault of fiscal mismanagement by the police department.

2 Responses to Police Department Spends Too Much

  • pmocek says:

    I filed a public records request with the Mayor’s office for all records used to come up with the $529,000 figure. I’ll post another comment with a link to the result when it’s available.

  • stanchaz says:

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