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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Gangs in West Seattle?

Join us tomorrow, June 24th, for our monthly meeting – the last meeting before our Summer Hiatus!


Are we seeing gang activity here? If so, what can be done? Which gangs are operating in the greater Seattle area? How do you recognized a gang member or gang signs?

Lieutenant Dan Whelan and Detective Rob Thomas from the Seattle Police Department’s Robbery/Fugitive/Gang Unit will be our guests, answer our questions and perhaps dispel some myths about gangs.


Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 6:30-8 PM

SW Police Precinct, 2300 SW Webster Street (at Delridge Ave SW, next to Home Depot)

6:00-6:30        Arrive early for light snacks; socialize and network with each other while we set up the room.

6:30-7:00        Introductions, announcements, concerns, sharing ideas.

7:00-8:00        Lieutenant Dan Whelan and Detective Rob Thomas from the Robbery/Fugitive/Gang Unit.

8:00-8:30        Feel free to stay after the meeting to continue your discussions.

Everyone is welcome, even if you aren’t a Block Watch Captain!  RSVP is appreciated, but not necessary to attend.  You can email us at  wsblockwatchnet@gmail.com or phone us at 206-424-0040.

Hope to see you there!  

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Join us at the Morgan Junction Community Festival!

West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network will have an informational booth at this great neighborhood event! It’s this coming Saturday, June 21st. Look for us in the vendor area, which is in the parking lots behind Zeek’s Pizza and Beveridge Place Pub at the intersection of California Ave SW and Fauntleroy Way SW. We’ll be there from 10:30 until 4.  Stop by to pick up informational materials and free 9-1-1 coloring books!



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More about Small Sparks grants for Night Out activities…

As we noted in our previous posting, you can apply for a Small Sparks grant to help fund your Night Out activities! Following are some details we received from the Department of Neighborhoods.

Funds available to neighborhoods to support Night Out 2014 activities – Deadline to apply is June 23!

Small Sparks Fund provides matching funds to support community engagement

 Small Sparks informational flyer

If your neighborhood plans to participate in the 30th Annual Night Out on August 5, check out the Small Sparks Fund from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has a fund to support your event and activities.  Community groups can request up to $1000 to help fund Night Out planning efforts and activities such as outreach efforts, educational fairs, block bbqs, bike parades, and neighborhood cleanups, to name a few. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 23 at 5:00 p.m. (but you need to register on our web-based application system before June 20 to apply).

For information on the application process, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallsparks.htm or call 206-733-9916. The Small Sparks Fund is open to applications year-round.

Night Out is a national Crime Prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite communities. To learn more about Night Out, visit www.seattle.gov/police/Nightout/.


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