Seattle mayor devotes $400K to violence patrols

SEATTLE — Seattle’s mayor says he’s devoting $400,000 to additional violence prevention patrols.

Mayor Mike McGinn said Thursday the money will be used to extend the patrols through the end of the year. They began in the spring to combat the spike in violence that usually accompanies the warmer months.

The patrols will include officers on bike and on foot, and will target areas including busy transit corridors such as 3rd Avenue downtown and Broadway on Capitol Hill.

The mayor, who is facing a tough re-election campaign, says the city is also in the process of hiring more police officers, which will increase the overall force by 30.

The announcement came three days after a man shot and injured a King County Metro bus driver downtown during the Monday morning commute. Police shot and killed the suspect as he boarded another bus.

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