Look for us on Saturday at Delridge Day and the SW Precinct Picnic!

As we mentioned earlier, we’ll be at Delridge Day and the SW Precinct Picnic this  Saturday, August 13th! These two great annual events are held in combination on the grounds of the Delridge Community Center from 11 AM – 3 PM.

Delridge Day2016 poster


Come enjoy live music, free ice cream, yummy food, exciting demos at the Delridge Skatepark, and lots of activities for kids!

This is also a great opportunity to learn more about our local West Seattle community. Community groups and organizations (such as ours!) and West Seattle Be Prepared. Local businesses and vendors will be there.

The Seattle Police Department brings a safety focus to this event each year. You can meet the Community Police Team (CPT) officers and leaders from the SW Precinct, see some of their latest technology, ask questions, and talk with them informally about your concerns.

We hope to see you there – look for our booth, sporting the banner below! As usual, we’ll have informational materials galore!

Look for our West Seattle Block Watch Captains' Network banner!

Look for our West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network banner!

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Night Out is just one week away!

Night Out logo

Night Out 2016 is August 2nd!

We received the following note from Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mark Solomon this morning, and are passing it along:

Dear Community Friends –

We are one week away from National Night Out Against Crime.  Many of you have registered your events with us; we very much appreciate that, and the invitations you have extended to us to stop by your events.

If you haven’t yet registered your event, it’s not too late. Our registration link is active until 5pm, Monday, August 1st.  This event is always fun and a great way to reconnect with neighbors and meet new ones.

Use the following link to register your event; registration will allow you to block off your (non-arterial) street – http://www.seattle.gov/police/nightout/.

Printable invitations and street closure signs can be found at: http://www.seattle.gov/police/nightout/materials.htm

We hope to see you at your Night Out Event!


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Upcoming summer events and activities!

We want to let you know about a few items on our summer calendar. Our annual “summer hiatus” takes place in July and August, but that doesn’t mean that our calendars are bare – only that we won’t have monthly meetings. We’ll still do outreach at community festivals, as well as get ready for and enjoy Night Out.  In chronological order:

SummerFest 2016, July 9th & 10th — Look for us in the Community Tent, where we’ll be sharing space on rotating shifts with other West Seattle community organizations. We’ll be there from 10 – 2 on Saturday and 11 – 2 on Sunday. You can stop by to learn more about our activities, as well as pick up informational materials and safety-related materials that you can give to your neighbors during Night Out. Do you have little kids? We have 9-1-1 coloring books and stickers for them! [Note that during the times that we aren’t in the Community Tent, you can find some of our materials at the West Seattle Timebank booth – located in the GreenLife area.]

Night Out, August 2nd — Just a reminder that this is one month from today!

Delridge Day / SW Precinct Picnic, August 13th — We’ll have an informational booth ) (including all of the cool stuff we mentioned above) at this fun, unique and informative festival. As well, officers from the SW Precinct will be on hand to answer questions, and demonstrate some of the cool new technology that is available to them. One year, they had a bomb-disarming robot handing out free ice cream to attendees!

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Hear from Department of Neighborhoods today!

Join us today, Tuesday, June 28th for this month’s meeting!  We will have special guests  from the Department of Neighborhoods!

Kerry Wade, Neighborhood District Coordinator for Southwest and Delridge Districts, will cover (among other things) an upcoming Find-It Fix-It Walk in the Roxhill/Westwood Neighborhoods.  BW Captains are invited to help plan the route!

Her colleague and Neighborhood Matching Fund project manager, Allynn Ruth, will also be there to help us learn how to obtain Small Sparks grants for our Night Out events!

This will be our final meeting before our annual “summer hiatus” — so therefore a great opportunity to pick up any of our safety-related informational materials, 9-1-1 bags, coloring books and stickers, for your Night Out events!

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)
Tuesday, June 28th, 2016, 6:30-8 PM

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

6:00-6:30           Arrive early for light snacks, socializing and networking with each other while we set up the room!
6:30-7:15             Introductions, announcements. Update from SW Precinct leadership.

7:15-7:45             Department of Neighborhoods: Kerry Wade and NMF project manager.

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

Hope to see you there!  Everyone is welcome, even if you aren’t a Block Watch Captain! RSVP appreciated, but not necessary to attend.

Updated, 7/1/16:  Adding West Seattle Blog’s coverage of the meeting, as well as the Guidelines for the Neighborhood Matching Fund grants. Thanks to all of you who attended it and participated!

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Reminders ahead of next week…

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentAs this weeks starts to wind down, we wanted to call a few things on the horizon to your attention.

First, a reminder that our monthly meeting is next Tuesday, June 28th at 6:30 PM (at the SW Precinct). This will be our final meeting before our annual “summer hiatus” — so therefore your last opportunity to pick up any of our safety-related informational materials, 9-1-1 bags, coloring books and stickers, for your Night Out events!

Second, the deadline to apply for Small Sparks grants that provide funds for Night Out events is Friday, July 1st at 5 PM; note that you’ll need to register in their system a little earlier than that, so don’t wait until the last minute!

FYI, Night Out is coming up on Tuesday, August 2nd this year!Night Out_logo


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Stop by our booth at the Morgan Junction Community Festival!

West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network will have an informational booth at this wonderful neighborhood event! It’s this coming Saturday, June 18th.

Look for us in the vendor area, which is just north of Morgan Junction Park (at 6413 California Ave SW). We’ll be there starting at 10 AM. The festival runs until 5 PM.  Stop by to pick up informational materials and free 9-1-1 coloring books!

Here’s a preview of the festival, along with this year’s poster!

Morgan Junction Festival 2016 poster

Morgan Junction Festival 2016 poster

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Register now for the 11-week Community Police Academy!

We received the following announcement, registration information, and application form, late last week. Note that although the deadline is over a month away, this is a popular course and may fill up fast!

SPD 11-Week Community Police Academy – Fall Session Enrollment – Deadline Friday July 29th

The Seattle Police Department is now accepting applications for the 2016 fall SPD Community Police Academy (CPA).  The Academy will start on Thursday, September 8th and will meet once a week for eleven consecutive Thursday evenings, 5:30 – 9:30 pm, ending on Thursday, November 17th, 2016.   Participation is free.

The Community Police Academy is an eleven-week program designed to educate community members about the operations of the Seattle Police Department, while also giving the Department an opportunity to obtain valuable feedback from the community. The purpose of the Community Police Academy is to increase understanding between the Seattle Police Department and the community members of Seattle through education and interaction.

Community participants will become familiar with various facets of the Seattle Police Department and gain insight into law enforcement’s role in the criminal justice system and the daily work of police employees. With increased understanding, Seattle’s community and police can work together and achieve realistic solutions to neighborhood problems relating to crime, fear of crime, and neighborhood decay. It is hoped that increasing community awareness will respond to some of the myths and images of law enforcement and provide a realistic view of police procedures.

If you are interested in applying, please visit: http://www.cityofseattle.net/police/programs/policeacademy/default.htm.

When filling out this Eleven-Week CPA Application please include a copy of your Driver’s License.  Space is limited and applications are processed on a first come, first serve basis.  The application deadline is Friday, July 29, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact Maggie Olsen at (206) 684-8672 or by e-mail margaret.olsen@seattle.gov.

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