We enjoyed Delridge Day 2014 and the SW Precinct Picnic!

Thanks to those of you who dropped by our booth yesterday – it was fun to see friends and meet new people in the community! We especially enjoyed having the opportunity to meet the new Seattle Police Chief, Kathleen O’Toole.

We also enjoyed talking with SW Precinct Commander, Captain Steve Wilske, as well as several others from the SW Precinct. As we noted earlier, the SW Precinct Picnic is an informal setting in which community members can meet and learn more about the police department. It was interesting to see the Seattle Police Department special units including the bomb squad (which had a robot dispensing lollipops) and the dive rescue unit. The horses from the mounted patrol unit were quite popular.

Here are photos and coverage of this event from the West Seattle Blog and the West Seattle Herald.

And, here’s a photo we took of our booth (during a bit of a lull). As you can see, it was a gorgeous day!

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Our West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network booth at SW Precinct Picnic & Delridge Day 2014

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Tomorrow is Delridge Day and the SW Precinct Picnic!

This is the 2nd year for this combined event which is being held from 11 AM – 4 PM at the Delridge Community Center and in the adjacent park and Delridge Skatepark.

We hope you’ll stop by our booth!  We’ll be among the many community groups, organizations, businesses and vendors. Come enjoy wonderful music, food, and other activities!

The informational flyer for the Precinct Picnics is below. The new Seattle Police Chief, Kathleen O’Toole will be there. Mark Solomon, the Crime Prevention Coordinator for the SW & S Precincts, will also be there. If you haven’t yet started a Block Watch, he can help you get set up!

Precinct Picnics 2014

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Night Out 2014 — hope you had fun on Tuesday!

Night Out_logoWe did!

We also enjoyed seeing photos of other Night Out events in the West Seattle Blog and the West Seattle Herald. West Seattle Blog’s coverage includes photos from our block party as well as several other West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network participants. Congratulations JoDean Edelheit, Patty Doty, Pete Spalding and all the rest of you who organized Night Out activities throughout West Seattle!

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We’re excited: Night Out is less than 2 weeks away!

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Night Out Against Crime 2014
is fast approaching; this year the date is Tuesday, August 5th! This is the 30th year for this annual event which is held on the first Tuesday of August in many communities throughout the area.

If you and your neighbors would like to block off your non-arterial street for this event, you will find the link to the registeration form here.  Last year there were over 1400 Night Out events throughout Seattle.  We hope to see even more this year!

This is a great opportunity to meet or reconnect with your neighbors! We hope you have a great time!

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Mark your calendars for Delridge Day and the SW Precinct Picnic!

We received word this week that Delridge Day and the SW Precinct Picnic are being held jointly again this year! This great combined event will be Saturday, August 9th from 11 AM – 4 PM at the Delridge Community Center and in the adjacent park and Delridge Skatepark. Come enjoy wonderful music, food, and other activities!

Look for us among the many exhibitors, vendors and community groups. This is our (West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network’s) last scheduled community outreach event for the summer, so stop by to learn more about our organization and/or pick up free printed materials.

We still have free 9-1-1 coloring books from King County for kids of varying ages! One version for kids who can read is bilingual (English and Spanish), the other for younger kids features “Emory, the emergency penguin”. We also have a wide assortment of safety-related informational materials from the Seattle Neighborhood Group and the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, many of them available in multiple languages.

Following is some additional information we received about the Seattle-area Precinct Picnics:

It’s summer and time for ‘Picnics in the Precincts’!

The picnics provide “great opportunities for people to be introduced to the department in a relaxed, non-law enforcement environment, meet their local police officers, enjoy free food, entertainment and raffle prizes, and get information on how to get involved in preventing crime in their community. We also are excited for everyone to meet our new Police Chief, Kathleen O’Toole!” (For more information see attached flyer.)

2014 Precinct Picnics flyer

2014 Precinct Picnics flyer

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Look for us at Summer Fest this weekend!

West Seattle Summer Fest 2014 starts today. The forecast is for awesome weather and lots of fun. We’re excited!

On Saturday starting at 10 AM, and Sunday starting at 11 AM, we’ll be in the main festival information booth at the intersection of California Avenue SW and SW Alaska Street. Stop by to pick up informational safety-related materials and learn more about our org.

Free stuff (while supplies last)! 

  • We have 9-1-1 stickers and coloring books for kids! These are from the King County E911 program and feature Emery, the Emergency Penguin.
  • We also have tote bags, personal first aid kits, wrist bands, and other goodies from the Seattle Police Foundation to give away!
FREE coloring books for kids!

FREE coloring books for kids!

You can also pick up informational materials to give to your neighbors during Night Out! We have a directory of contact information from the SW Police Precinct. We also have brochures about vehicle safety, personal safety and suspicious behavior in various languages.

Summer Fest is a great opportunity to learn about a variety of West Seattle community groups, as well as hear music, try out new foods and activities and meet your neighbors.

We’ll be there until 4 PM each day – we hope to see you!

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Follow-up from our meeting about gang activity

Thanks to those of you who attended and participated in our monthly meeting yesterday with guests Lieutenant Dan Whelan and Detective Rob Thomas from the Seattle Police Department’s Robbery/Fugitive/Gang Unit.

If you missed it or want an excellent recap, West Seattle Blog has coverage of our meeting here.

The subject of gangs is difficult to cover in a single meeting, so you may also want to check out this very in-depth “Gangs 101″ presentation by Detective Joe Gagliardi of the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) in early 2012. It has some info about gang activity in West Seattle, although his primary focus was on areas just south of here.

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