By Dominique Scalia, RVP Managing Editor
SOUTHEAST SEATTLE – Seattle Police Department (SPD) is rotating its personnel in the coming week, and the South Precinct will be getting a new captain.
Capt. Nolan has been an officer with SPD for nearly 30 years, and has been captain of the South Precinct since December 2010. According to SPD, Capt. Nolan commanded the Traffic Enforcement Unit, DUI Squad as well as the Traffic Collision Investigations Squad from 2003 to 2007 when he was transferred to the Vice Section/Organized Crime Unit.
When he started as captain of the South Precinct in December 2010, Southeast Seattle Crime Prevention Council and longtime Seward Park neighbor Mariana Quarnstrom called him “very approachable” and said she thought the community will like his style of command.
Capt. Paulsen told the West Seattle Blog, “I am looking forward to new challenges with my next assignment. Just as in West Seattle/South Park, the Rainier Valley, Beacon Hill, SODO and Georgetown each has their own identity as neighborhoods and I am excited to develop those relationships as well as those with my South Precinct police officers.”
It’s the fifth precinct captain in six years for Seattle’s South Precinct.
The RVP contacted SPD several weeks ago by telephone and email, hoping to learn more about the reasons for the transfer that comes less than one year after SPD asked for the public’s help in fighting a “sharp rise in violent crime.” We have not received a response.
Top right: Captain Mike Nolan has commanded the South Precinct for just two years. Bottom left: Capt. Paulsen will start Jan. 2. Photos/SPD