With the Black Lives Matter movement creating demands from local to federal government levels across the nation, and specifically in Seattle, officers have left the SPD and began applying to other localities, including Renton. Reasons for their leaving often relate to the reforms for accountability and transparency, and their public perception.
Under hiring practices at the Renton Police Department, new hires could receive take home vehicles (perceived as a sign on bonus). At least 10 have been reported to have applied, some residents claim more have.
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