Burien is changing. We have a new transit center that provides much greater access to our City than before. New developments are popping up in the downtown core. Our public library is less than 10 years old, and many of us are facing insecure employment, struggling to make ends meet.
With change comes a responsibility to ensure the safety of our neighborhoods. We need to increase police response times, and ensure that law enforcement has the proper training to best serve our community.
Over the last seven years, I have worked at an organization that represents local police and state corrections workers. I understand the critical role they play in keeping our communities safe. At the same time, we need to make sure that the City and community organizations provide ample oversight to reduce police misconduct and cultivate stronger relationships between our officers on the street and all of Burien's residents.
Building these kinds of partnerships between community groups and law enforcement will make our City safer, healthier, and more humane.