posted on Feb, 6 2009 @ 11:56 AM
I know there are are few other members in Seattle, so maybe one of them can either confirm my observations or negate them. Since late last week,
I've been noticing more and more police in the downtown district, specifically from Westlake down to Sodo. Prior to last week I'd maybe see one or
two cops a day on my commute and during the day, now I'm seeing well over a dozen every day, sometimes in groups of anywhere from 3 to 6. Bicycle
cops, patrol car cops, segway cops, foot cops, and even horseback cops. I haven't seen them actually writing many tickets or busting anyone, but I
have noticed that they frequently stop and "visit" with pretty much anyone who isn't clearly going somewhere and dressed for business. (in other
words, they seem to be keeping close tabs on the bums, vagrants, youths, and anyone percieved to be loitering). They also aren't all clearly cops,
many of them are just wearing puffy black jackets with a very small yellow "SPD" above a small shield on the upper sleeve of the jacket. These
jackets are long enough to effectively conceal their weapon & gear belt as well.
Has anybody else observed this change, or was I just being unobservant before last week?