Upcoming events to note on your calendar!

Hi everyone! Now that the new year is well underway, we want to call a few upcoming dates to your attention.

Tuesday, 1/28, at 6:30 PM: Our West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN) meetings resume this month at the SW Police Precinct (just southeast of the Home Depot store on Delridge) at 2300 SW Webster Street. FYI, we meet monthly on 4th Tuesdays; except in July, August, November and December. We hope you’ll join us! We’ll post the agenda for the January meeting soon.

Tuesday, 1/21, at 7 PM: The West Seattle Crime Prevention Council (WSCPC) meets one week earlier (3rd Tuesdays) in the same location at 7 PM. Their guest this month will be Ann Graves, Field Manager, Seattle Animal Control Shelter, Ms. Graves will discuss dog-flipping (theft on an animal that is subsequently sold), the leash law, dangerous and abused animals, and other animal related issues.

Thursday, 1/23/14, from 6 to 8 PM:  The Department of Neighborhoods (DON) is offering a free workshop to learn about Neighborhood Matching Fund grants. It will be held outside of West Seattle at the Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave South. You can find more details here. The deadline for applications is February 3rd at 5 PM. Later in the year, in early June and early October, there will be additional opportunities to apply.

Saturday, 2/8/14: Neighbor Appreciation Day is coming up on February 8th!  Here is more information and some ideas about how you and your neighbors can celebrate.

If you know of other events or activities that we should add to our calendar, let us know!

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Register now for the 11-week Community Police Academy

We received the following announcement and attachments today via email.

SPD’s Spring 2014  11-Week Community Police Academy

Learn firsthand about how the Seattle Police Department works! The deadline to submit your application is Friday, January 31, 2014.

We will meet for 11 consecutive Thursday evenings starting on Thursday, March 13, 2014 and ending on Thursday, May 22, 2014.

Start Time: 5:30 p.m.
End Time: 9:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
Cost: Free

Community Police Academy Flyer 2014 (informational flyer in .pdf format)

Eleven-Week Community Police Academy Application (application form in .doc format)

Sponsored by: Seattle Police Department

Website: http://www.seattle.gov/police/programs/policeacademy

Contact: Maggie Olsen 206-684-8672
Email: margaret.olsen@seattle.gov

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Video clip of mail prowler in Highland Park

Yesterday, the West Seattle Blog published six crime-related stories, including a video clip from a Highland Park resident whose surveillance camera recorded someone prowling mailboxes.  Since our community is being hit so hard by mail and package thefts, we wanted call it to your attention if you hadn’t seen it.

The link to the story is here; scroll down to the 5th item (the 2nd video) for the footage of the mail prowler. Note that you can find all of West Seattle Blog’s crime-related coverage on the Crime Watch page of their site; you’ll note there are many other reports of mail and package thefts.

One of our WSBWCN meetings this year focused on ways to combat mail theft; if you missed it, you can find the coverage (including video) here.

[Added 1/15/14]  Noticed this week that the West Seattle Blog has published new video footage of seemingly different mailbox prowlers at the same location.  As  you know, we don’t report all instances of crime here on our site…but are adding this in case any of you can identify these people. As well, this underscores how quickly mail theft can happen.

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Holiday edition of the SPD community safety newsletter is here!

This week, we received a new edition of the Seattle Police Department newsletter from  Mark Solomon, the Crime Prevention Coordinator for the SW and South Police Precincts. We’ve included it below in both .pdf and .jpg format.

Community Safety newsletter (in .pdf format):  Seattle Police Email Newsletter126 – Holiday Safety

December 2013 Seattle Police Department community newsletter, p 1 of 2

December 2013 Seattle Police Department community newsletter, p 1 of 2

December 2013 Seattle Police Department community newsletter, p 2 of 2

December 2013 Seattle Police Department community newsletter, p 2 of 2

If your neighborhood doesn’t yet have a Block Watch, Mark is your contact for helping you get started! You’ll find his contact info and more information about SPD Crime Prevention Coordinators here.

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Thanks! And, giving…

As the holidays and the end of the year approach, we wanted to express our thanks to those of you who have participated in our meetings and events, or otherwise contributed to our organization this past year. Thank you for your energy, insights and ideas! We’ve enjoyed getting to know you and work with you to make our community safer and more connected.

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Need a tax write-off?  Donate to WSBWCN! Did you know that donations to the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN) are tax deductible? You can donate via the Seattle Neighborhood Group (SNGI), our fiscal sponsor; they will provide you with a receipt for tax purposes. You’ll find a “Donate” application in the upper right-hand corner of their home page (www.sngi.org), then select “W. Seattle Block Watch Network” from the dropdown list of community groups.  They provide fiscal sponsorship services for many small grassroots community groups such as ours, who do not have 501c3 status yet.  It is much-appreciated!

Although our organization doesn’t meet in person this month or next, we encourage you to keep in touch with each other via our Facebook group, which now has over 200 members. We’ll continue to post any items of interest there, as well as here on our website.

Hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and a safe and happy holiday season!

Deborah Greer & Karen Berge
West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network, Co-organizers

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Remember: no WSBWCN meetings in November or December!

Just wanted to post a reminder that we, West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN), will not have monthly meetings this month or next. The primary reason for this is because our 4th Tuesday meeting day falls very close to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  Our next monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, January 28th, 6:30 – 8 PM at the SW Police Precinct (2300 SW Webster Street, Seattle, 98106). We look forward to seeing you then!

Note that the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council (WSCPC), which meets on 3rd Tuesdays at the same location, does have a meeting this month; it’s tomorrow, 7 – 8:30 PM.  The agenda is posted on the WSCPC website.

Although our organization doesn’t meet in person this month or next, we encourage you to communicate with each other via our Facebook group, which now has over 200 members! We’ll continue to post any items of interest there, as well as here, during our downtime.

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October edition of the community safety newsletter is here!

We received a new edition of the Seattle Police Department newsletter today from  Mark Solomon, the Crime Prevention Coordinator for the SW and South Police Precincts. We’ve included it below in both .pdf and .jpg format.

Community Safety newsletter (in .pdf format):  Seattle Police Email Newsletter125 – October 2013

October 2013 Seattle Police Department community newsletter, p 1 of 2 (.jpg format)

October Seattle Police Department community newsletter, p 1 of 2

October 2013 Seattle Police Department community newsletter, p 2 of 2 (.jpg format)

October Seattle Police Department community newsletter, p 2 of 2

If your neighborhood doesn’t yet have a Block Watch, Mark is your contact for helping you get started! You’ll find his contact info at the end of the newsletter.

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