Today, we've got another officer's account of the ups and downs of living in the city while working for SPD:
I have been with SPD for over 30 years and I have lived in Seattle for all of my life except for some brief periods when I tried living in the suburbs for a few months. I was born in [Seattle] hospital .
So I am one of the 18 percent who lives here. I have mixed feelings about this. I enjoy the convenience and short commute to work. I do like the idea of serving the city I live in. I am really bothered by the violence, gang and drug activity. And of course the political line up we have now. But all that aside, Seattle is still my home and I feel like I own a piece of it. The mayor, city attorney, city council, and all the judges are required to live in the city. So it's logical they might want the police to also.
I have been stalked off duty and confronted at home and on the street by people I have arrested. I take this very seriously and let them know that. My son attends a local Seattle high school but there are some schools I would not let him attend. If I had to leave the city to accomodate him I suppose I would. I fear for his safety sometimes becaue everyone knows who his dad it. He could easily be targeted for retaliation so I have taught him how to be watchful. Other than that I keep my fingers crossed. The reality is if someone wants to get you bad enough no matter what, they will get you. I am always armed so if challenged, I'll do what I need to protect myself and son.
Seattle has its issues but I can live with it.
If you're a Seattle officer, and you'd like to tell us why you do/don't live in Seattle, email me at [email protected]