King County executive proposes millions for law enforcement and behavioral health

King County Executive Dow Constantine presents their public safety plan.

Constantine will unveil his full two-year budget proposal next week, but he previewed some law enforcement investments he has planned. The proposal calls for the hiring of new deputies. It also aims to spend $21 million to support transit security officers who monitor transit hubs and bus stops.

Here are some other highlights of the plan:

  • Expanded behavioral health services for people in crisis and helps find them a place to go other than jail.
  • Help 850 youth who commit non-violent crimes receive services through the Restorative Community Pathways program.
  • The executive also wants to use millions to help 80 adult repeat offenders by addressing their underlying housing and health needs.
  • Body cameras for MPs.
  • A new unit focused on gun violence as well as $9 million for a community-based gun violence program.

“The health of our communities depends on each person’s ability to lead safe and productive lives, and starts with knowing that when you call for help, they will be there,” Constantine said in a statement. “To deliver real community safety and uphold our highest values, we must invest in the programming and workforce that will both stop the immediate damage and address the root causes to prevent future By breaking down silos, working with community organizations, and expanding our options beyond traditional responses, we can help break harmful cycles and build new partnerships that drive systemic change.

View a summary of Constantine’s proposed budget here.