Seattle police accused of wasting $1M on overtime

A Seattle police oversight office says the department wasted more than $1 million on loosely controlled overtime last year as officers trained to comply with a Justice Department agreement to curb excessive force.

Office of Professional Accountability Director Pierce Murphy reported Tuesday the spending produced little of value.

The Seattle Times reports instances of officers taking overtime while on vacation and one case of more than 31 hours of overtime in a single 24-hour period.

New Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole promised Tuesday to take immediate steps to correct problems.