Public Safety

Seattle Fire Department truck and EMT vehicle

Public safety downtown continues to be a priority for DSA. We believe downtown should be a place where everyone should be safe to work, live, shop or visit. In recent years, we have worked with partners to elevate for public officials and the media the impact that repeat criminal activity has on downtown and our city. Together, we released two reports outlining various failures of the criminal justice system. In the first report, we examined why a relatively small number of ‘prolific offenders’ were cycling through our criminal justice system, negatively impacting neighborhoods across the city. In the second report, we documented how much of Seattle’s crime goes largely unresolved because of case dismissals and filing delays. We remain in regular contact with city officials about public safety, which is critical to downtown’s post-pandemic recovery.

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