Follow-up to an awesome meeting!

WSBWCN-logoMany thanks to all of you who attended and participated in our monthly meeting, and asked great questions!

And, extra-special thanks to Seattle Police Detective Scotty Bach, our presenter. He not only provided insights into the issue of vehicle thefts and car prowls, but also gave us the rare opportunity to hear from and ask questions of a serial car prowler.

If you missed our meeting, you can find coverage of Detective Bach’s presentation from the West Seattle Blog here.

Mark your calendars for our next one. Our next meeting will be on May 24th. We’ll post the agenda as that day gets closer.

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Join us on Tuesday, April 26th, for our monthly meeting!

WSBWCN-logoAuto thieves and car prowlers are the topic of the day!

And, our guest will be Seattle Police Detective Scotty Bach, who has apprehended many of these people. He’ll give us an in-depth look into who is doing it, why they’re doing it, and most importantly, what we can do to lessen our chances of being one of their victims. He’ll also give us his insights on how we can help make sure these people are caught and held responsible.

We hope that he’ll also include some of the more entertaining aspects of his day-to-day work to rid our community of these criminals. Detective Bach was our guest a few years ago, and gave a very funny and information-packed presentation about surveillance cameras.

SW Precinct Commander, Captain Pierre Davis will also join us! We hope you will as well!

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)
Tuesday, April 26th, 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, pick up informational materials, socialize and network with each other while we set up!

6:30-7:00              Introductions, announcements, updates from Captain Pierre Davis,

7:00-8:00              Detective Scotty Bach, on the topic of vehicle thieves and prowlers.

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

Everyone is welcome – you need not be a Block Watch captain to attend!  RSVP is appreciated, but not necessary.  You can email us at  wsblockwatchnet@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

Deborah Greer and Karen Berge
West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN)

Wondering about our yearly meeting schedule? We meet on most 4th Tuesdays, throughout the year. We meet monthly January through June; then again in September and October. You can find meeting agendas and recaps on our Facebook group page, as well as here on our website.

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Follow-up from our March meeting with Lisa Herbold

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Many thanks to those of you who participated in our meeting this month. Special thanks to our guests, Seattle Councilmember, Lisa Herbold, and SW Precinct Commander, Pierre Davis.

You can find coverage of the meeting highlights here from the West Seattle Blog.

As we noted earlier, Lisa represents the neighborhoods of West Seattle and South Park on the Seattle City Council. She followed up her presentation at our meeting on Tuesday with this note and the attached Staffing Study Cover Letter and the linked documents.

Dear Deborah & Karen,

Thank you for the warm reception on Tuesday.  I promised some follow up.  Please see the Berkshire Staffing Report as well as presentation materials for the Council’s committee discussion attached here.

In addition, one of your members said that the Seattle Municipal Court did not offer adjudication by mail.  I wanted to provide background on that program in the hopes you could share it with your members.  Please see here for more:  http://www.seattle.gov/courts/comjust/admail.htm

Thank you for your advocacy on behalf of better public safety in our communities!

Best,

Lisa Herbold

District 1 Councilmember, Chair Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development, and Arts Committee
206-684-8803
lisa.herbold@seattle.gov

FYI, our next meeting of the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network will be on April 26th, 6:30 to 8 PM. We’ll post the agenda and more details later.

Updated, 4/7/16: Many thanks to Richard Kromm for taking and sending us photos from the meeting!

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Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, March 22nd, for our monthly meeting!

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Lisa Herbold, District 1 Councilmember, will be our guest!

Lisa represents the neighborhoods of West Seattle and South Park on the Seattle City Council. This is an opportunity for us to hear how she views the issues of most concern to Block Watch Captains. Most importantly, it’s an opportunity for us to share our concerns as Block Watch Captains with Lisa.

SW Precinct Commander, Captain Pierre Davis, will also join us! We hope you will as well!

 

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)
Tuesday, March 22nd, 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, pick up informational materials, socialize and network with each other while we set up!

6:30-7:00              Introductions, announcements, updates from Captain Pierre Davis,

7:00-8:00              Lisa Herbold, Councilmember from District 1.

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

Everyone is welcome – you need not be a Block Watch captain to attend!  RSVP is appreciated, but not necessary.  You can email us at  wsblockwatchnet@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

Deborah Greer and Karen Berge
West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN)

Wondering about our yearly meeting schedule? We meet on most 4th Tuesdays, throughout the year. We meet monthly January through June; then again in September and October. You can find meeting agendas and recaps on our Facebook group page, as well as here on our website.

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Car prowl bulletin from Seattle Police

We received this Car Prowl Bulletin from SPD late last week, and are passing it along. Please do so as well!

Surprisingly, many who live in our community are still not aware of the problem, nor are visitors from other places.

Car Prowl bulletin 2016

You can find some additional prevention information and tips in the recap of our June 2014 meeting; Detective Hiro Yamashita, from the SPD Auto Theft Squad, gave an excellent presentation about vehicle prowls and thefts.

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Plan to join us next Tuesday, March 22nd, at our monthly meeting!

WSBWCN-logoWe meet from 6:30 to 8 PM, in the community meeting room at the SW Precinct.

We are still firming up the agenda, and will post details before the meeting.

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Follow-up from our meeting on privacy and transparency

WSBWCN-logoThanks to those of you who took part in our very interesting meeting about privacy and transparency! We appreciated the opportunity to hear from Mary Perry, the new Director of Transparency and Privacy at SPD.

One of the reasons we invited her was to better understand why SPD felt they had to comply with the Block Watch-related Block Watch-related Public Disclosure Request last fall.

Delving back into that issue, that answer seems to hinge on this:  they view Block Watch Captains, and people who organize Night Out parties and notify the city of those events, as “volunteers,” and in the sense that the law applies to “employees or volunteers of a public agency,” it would apply to us.

I, (personally, not on behalf of our org), would argue that we are NOT Seattle Police Department or City volunteers, even though SPD and the City of Seattle may benefit from our activities. Many Block Captains have never even met with anyone from the City or SPD; others may have interacted briefly, but have no ongoing relationship.

SPD does not supervise BW Captains in this role, have requirements for “volunteering” in this role, or monitor how we perform (or fail to perform) in this role. Many who serve in the capacity of Block Watch Captains interact with their immediate neighbors only. As an individual Block Watch Captain or someone stepping up to plan a Night Out event, our often non-relationship with SPD is a subtle, but important, distinction.

Most importantly, I think there has to be “buy-in” from all parties, before there is a volunteer/agency relationship. Even those of us who have an ongoing relationship with SPD, do not necessarily feel that we are their “volunteers.”  The “volunteers” need to be aware that they are “volunteering,” as opposed to just organizing their neighbors into a Block Watch group, and perhaps inviting one of the Crime Prevention Coordinators to come and speak to the new group when it is initially forming.

When I became an individual Block Watch Captain, there was no indication that I was “volunteering” beyond my own neighborhood. I only took on a leadership role in my neighborhood (to plan Night Out events, show up with a Potluck dish, and communicate to our neighbors about safety issues when they arose). I inherited the role from a previous Block Watch Captain.

Other neighbors have taken on similar leadership roles, that also do not necessarily make them City volunteers. For example, some neighborhood parents lead children on a “walking school bus” to the nearby elementary school each day. It doesn’t necessarily make them volunteers of Seattle Public Schools, as it may be only their own children and their immediate neighbors/friends that are involved.

I also see similarities for those of us who lead localized emergency preparedness efforts in our neighborhoods. We may be on the City’s list of those who have taken preparedness classes. We may have attended meetings or events that they’ve organized. They may have us on their notification list. Those things do not necessarily mean that we have knowingly and voluntarily “volunteered” with the Office of Emergency Management.

These are just some of my personal thoughts on the Block Watch and Night Out PDR – the discussion at the meeting didn’t touch on all of them, and also included other interesting viewpoints from meeting participants.

Also, there were MANY other interesting points of discussion at our meeting this month – among them, discussion about privacy and transparency as it relates to video/audio from body cams and dashboard cams, as well as the new AlertSeattle system which ties in to Enhanced 9-1-1.

There are so many things to consider that relate to transparency and privacy – especially as technology evolves. This meeting was a great step in learning more about this issue!

You can find coverage of our meeting from the West Seattle Blog here.

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