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Seattle, a city with more 750,000 residents, There are around 1,000 police officers to protect them. Police officers have been dwindling since the George Floyd protests in the summer of 2020, and the department now faces a new staffing constraint during the pandemic.

According to his spokesman, the Seattle Police Department has already seen 124 “segregations” through August of this year. Now the department is gearing up for a mass shooting of officials as hundreds of people are yet to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The vaccination deadline, announced by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee in early August, is set for October 18.

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As of Wednesday, 292 sworn personnel had not yet provided proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. This number is less than 354 on Tuesday.

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To add another layer of concern, Seattle PD spokesman Sgt. Randy Husserik confirms that there are Additional 111 officers await results of waiver requests. Those 111 are not counted in the figure of 292 – meaning that if denied their accommodation, the actual number of unvaccinated officers could be 403.

The Seattle PD has already lost more than 300 officers since the height of the defunding debate in 2020 – keeping the number of deployable personnel at 1,043, according to Granthshala 13 Seattle.

In the spring, the Seattle Police Department described being in a “Employee Crisis” By April 2021 after 66 officers left the job.

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“We value each and every one of you, and don’t want to lose you as employees,” Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan told city employees in an email Monday. “But the people who trust you the most are the ones who need you to get vaccinated.”

Durkan has been fuming about whether she would really fire extinguisher Less staffing and longer 911 response times.

In anticipation of the October 18 deadline, interim Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz called his department a “Step 3 Gathering,” effective October 13.

Granthshala News contacted both Seattle Police and Mayor Durkan’s office for comment, but did not receive a response at the time of publication of this article.

Local Seattle radio host Jason Rantz covers the departure The Jason Rantz Show.