2022 Crime Report/Free Tax Prep/Expanded Library Hours/SPD Shift Schedule Change


  • SPD 2022 Crime Report: Crime Trending Down
  • United Way Free Tax Prep
  • Expanded Library Hours Starting April 3rd

SPD 2022 Crime Report: Crime Trending Down

Last week, SPD released their 2022 Year End Crime Report. This in-depth analysis was conducted by the SPD Data-Driven team and presented to the Public Safety and Human Services Committee this week. You can read the report in full via the SPD Blotter.

Overall crime: In summary, 2022 saw an overall increase in crime compared to recent years. The good news is that we saw a decline in the last quarter of 2022, dropping below the overall crime levels of the fourth quarter in 2021.

Further, Chief Diaz reported that, so far in 2023, we are still in that downward trajectory.

Violent Crime: Although, over the entire year, the data shows violent crime higher than it’s been for years, the SPD Crime Dashboard shows that there were 363 violent crimes reported in December 2022; this is the lowest number of violent crimes reported for a month since February 2021, when 329 violent crimes were reported. The December 2022 figure is lower than the 403 violent crimes reported in December 2019 (before COVID-19, before the murder of George Floyd, and before 500 officers left SPD).

A further review of the SPD dashboard shows that moving into 2023 (the report only covers 2022), 371 reported violent crimes in January, slightly lower than January 2020, with 373 reported violent crimes.

Shots fired, while higher overall in 2022, are also dramatically declining, according to the Chief. This is at least partially due to SPD’s great work in taking their second highest number of firearms on record into custody in 2022. In 2022, SPD received 1,349 guns which include surrenders, forfeitures, and found property as well as firearms seized during criminal investigations.


As provided for context about violent crime, last week Axios reported that:

“Many other cities with populations comparable to Seattle (population 733,919 in 2021) had far more homicides in 2022.

Overall, U.S. homicide rates are still lower than they were in the 1990s, and Seattle’s number of homicides trailed similar cities in 2022.”

Property crime: 2022 reported incidents increased by 4% compared to the previous year, primarily from motor vehicle thefts. Seattle University found property crime to be the top public safety concern in their survey of Seattle residents.

Throughout the committee, Councilmembers and the Chief discussed the data being presented, the strategies and programs that may have led to decreases in different types of crime, and what it will take to address the deeper roots of these trends.

This data analysis will help guide and inform the work of the Public Safety and Human Services Committee through this year. Continuous data collection helps to ensure that we are supporting evidence-based strategies and frameworks to build a safer Seattle for everyone. You can watch the full committee session here on the Seattle Channel.

United Way Free Tax Prep

Last November, Council included in our 2023-2024 approved budget an amendment to continue supporting United Way of King County’s Free tax preparation Campaign. With tax filing season upon us, United Way’s IRS-certified volunteers will be offering tax preparation assistance virtually and in person across King County, including at specific locations in District 1.

Over the last five years, the City has supported this program in serving 30,000 Seattle residents, resulting in more than $37 million in total tax refunds, putting money into the hands of our neighbors who need it most and infusing cash into the local economy.

I am proud of our Council for our support of this work, as the Free Tax Preparation Campaign has helped low-income predominantly BIPOC households not only receive tax refunds but also access other services through United Way’s referrals.

This work will continue through Thursday, April 20th. You can access this service in person without an appointment at the following locations and times:

  • South Park Library: Mondays, 4-8PM
  • White Center Library: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-5PM
  • West Seattle Foodbank: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 5-9PM and Saturdays 2-6PM

For other locations and more information, please see United Way of King County’s website.

Expanded Library Hours Coming in April

The Seattle Public Library has announced expanded open hours schedules coming this Spring, funded by the voter-approved 2019 Library Levy.  In West Seattle and South Park, the expanded hours will begin the week of April 3rd. All District 1 libraries will be open 7 days a week. Currently, the Delridge and West Seattle branches are closed on Friday; Southwest is closed on Saturday. Here are the current operating hours for library branches.

District 1 libraries will have the following open hours starting on April 3rd:
Delridge Branch, 5423 Delridge Way S.W.
– 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
– Noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday
High Point Branch, 3411 S.W. Raymond St.
– 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
– 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
South Park Branch, 8604 Eighth Ave. S.
– 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
– 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Southwest Branch, 9010 35th Ave. S.W.
– 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
– Noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday
West Seattle Branch, 2306 42nd Ave. S.W.
– 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
– Noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday

Information about the forthcoming updated operating hours for all Seattle Public Library branches citywide is available here; hours at some branches will be updated the week of March 20, including the Central Library.

With this expansion, library locations will be open a total of 223 more hours per week than current schedules and 133 more hours per week than 2019 schedules, when the Levy was overwhelmingly passed by voters.


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