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Councilmember Nelson Wants Signing Bonuses for Cops, Even Though We Don’t Know If They Work

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Councilmember Sara Nelson outsmarts the Seattle Department of Human Services. Very sigma. Seattle Channel screenshot

While others waited for the city to issue a report on the effectiveness of hiring incentives, Councilmember Sara Nelson put forward a resolution declaring the council’s intent to lift a budget proviso so that the Seattle Police Department could start offering signing bonuses to cops again. Had she waited for the report, she would have read that the city is not sure that these programs actually work to draw more officers.

Over the past two years, over 300 cops at SPD have turned in their badges. Many city leaders blame this ongoing hemorrhaging for the

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