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‘All County Residents Should be Very Concerned’: Councilmember Dunn Responds to Proposed Cuts to Sheriff’s Office

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King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn issued the following statement in response to the King County Executive’s 2021-22 proposed biennial budget, which would make a $6.2 million cut to the King County Sheriff's Office and proposes the closure of one floor of the downtown Seattle location of the King County Jail.

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"This proposed budget neglects what is possibly the most important and basic job of government: to provide for the safety of our residents who rely on law enforcement during times of crisis.

 

"By cutting law enforcement funding by $6.2 million, County leadership would completely eliminate key services such as the KCSO gang unit, while simultaneously emptying an entire floor of the jail onto the streets of King County. This is a dangerous approach to public safety and all county residents should be very concerned."

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