McGinn vs. Murray: Crime and public safety

McGinn vs. Murray: Crime and public safety

SEATTLE -- After the first round of ballots were counted Tuesday night, it appears Mayor Mike McGinn and Sen. Ed Murray will be moving on to November's general election for Seattle mayor.

While the two will now start campaigning against each other in earnest, they both participated in a mayoral debate about crime and public safety earlier this summer. Here's what they had to say.

Police reform

With the Department of Justice overseeing the department and stories of excessive force continuing to arise, McGinn said it will be important for the Seattle Police Department to partner with the community and strengthen public trust.

Murray said one way to change the department's culture for the better is to train officers in their own facility in Seattle instead of the state facility in Burien.

This is a position McGinn later announced his support for, asking Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel to look into creating a Seattle Police Basic Training Academy.

Following his victory in the primary, Murray reiterated to KOMO News Radio that police reform is one of the top issues facing the city.

Police chief


Installing a new Seattle Police Department chief should be one of the top priorities for Seattle's next mayor, Murray said.

McGinn said the department's next police chief needs to be able to work with communities of color and refugee communities. He or she should also be someone who gets respect from the department's rank and file.

A safer Seattle

McGinn touted the Seattle Police Department's new emphasis on data analysis, crime hot spots and getting officers out of their cars as ways to make the city safer.

Murray said a priority has to be to make downtown Seattle safe so the city can continue to attract tourism. He also expressed concern about the increasing reports of domestic violence.

Crime-fighting technology

Until privacy and civil-rights concerns have been addressed and new laws put in place, the Seattle Police Department should not be allowed to use drones or other surveillance technology, Murray said. He said London, with its omnipresent cameras, is not his vision for Seattle.

Crime prevention

To better prevent crime, McGinn said the city needs to expand its youth outreach, job training and social services. He said his Youth Violence Initiative has been effecting in curbing murders committed by those younger than 18. But, now the city needs to figure out how to reach out to young men returning from jail.