This is a message I sent to the women and men of the Seattle Police Department’s information technology unit today, Friday, July 8, 2016:
“Today is a difficult day for those of us working in law enforcement. We acutely feel the pain of the police officers, civilians and families of the Dallas Police Department. We work closely with our own uniformed officers and can’t help but share their worry and concern as they go about their jobs today.
“You all are proud of the work you do supporting the Seattle Police Department. I’ve seen that pride manifest itself in many ways, in what you say and what you do. Indeed, a primary reason I accepted the job as SPD’s interim Chief Information Officer was because of the satisfaction of knowing the work we do helps keep the 650,000 people of the City of Seattle safe and improves their quality of life.
“Thank you for continuing to adapt and apply technology to the work of the Seattle Police Department, supporting its officers and civilians and, indeed, those 650,000 people who live in our City. We will redouble our efforts to make that technology rock solid, to streamline it, and to adopt new technologies to improve the safety of our citizens – and our officers.
“It is extraordinarily important work, and I’m proud of it.