Some photos from Delridge Day and the SW Precinct Picnic!

Great to see so many of you at Delridge Day and the SW Precinct Picnic last weekend! Thought we’d share a few photos from the event.

Photo of Mark Solomon

Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mark Solomon

Photo of Officer Kevin McDaniel with Deb Greer and Karen Berge

Officer Kevin McDaniel from the SW Community Police Team with Deb Greer and Karen Berge

Photo of Captain Pierre Davis, Deb Greer and Karen Berge

SW Precinct Commander, Captain Pierre Davis with Deb Greer and Karen Berge

You can also find additional photos and coverage of the event on the West Seattle Blog.

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Catch us tomorrow at Delridge Day and the SW Precinct Picnic!

We always look forward to Delridge Day and the SW Precinct Picnic! Tomorrow, Saturday, August 8th, will be the 3rd year that these two wonderful annual events will be held in combination on the grounds of the Delridge Community Center from 11 AM – 3 PM.

Come enjoy wonderful music, free ice cream, food, action at the Delridge Skatepark, and other activities – especially 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!), businesses and vendors will be there to provide information, hand out materials and answer questions.

The Seattle Police Department brings a safety focus to this event. Police Chief, Kathleen O’Toole is scheduled to be there again this year. Mark Solomon, the Crime Prevention Coordinator for the Southwest Precinct, will also be there. If you haven’t yet started a Block Watch, he can help you get set up! You can also learn more about new crime-fighting technologies, and (hopefully) see the K-9 officers and/or the police horses. Last year, they had a robot handing out free lollipops!

We hope to see you there – look for our booth!

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

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

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Reminder: share your thoughts on micro-community policing!

As we mentioned earlier, you’re invited to a special focus group for Block Watch captains, tomorrow (Tuesday, July 28th) from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. It will be held in the same room where we hold the monthly West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network meetings at the SW Police Precinct.

Jennifer Burbridge, a Seattle University grad student who is working with the SW Police Precinct on assignment, is conducting a series of these focus groups throughout West Seattle about the micro-community policing plans.

If you can’t make the meeting tomorrow, Jennifer has also scheduled the following additional neighborhood-specific meetings. You are welcome to attend any of these sessions instead.

  • Thursday, July 30th: Westwood/Arbor Heights/Roxhill Communities, 6:30-7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, August 5th: Pigeon Point Community, 6:30-7:30 PM
  • Thursday, August 6th: High Point/Alaska Junction Communities, 6-7 PM
  • Tuesday, August 11th: Morgan Junction Community, 7-8 PM
  • Wednesday, August 12th: Delridge Community, 6-7 PM

All of the focus groups will be held in the same location, in the community meeting room at the SW Police Precinct, 2300 SW Webster Street (next to the Home Depot on Delridge).

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We’ll be at Summer Fest tomorrow! Need materials?

At the risk of sounding repetitious…we’ll be at Summer Fest tomorrow, Saturday, July 11th, from 10 AM until 2 PM!  Look for us in the Community Tent (next to the south wall of Easy Street Records (intersection of SW Alaska Street & California Avenue SW).

Stop by if you want to pick up safety-related informational materials before Night Out so that you can distribute them to your neighbors!

FREE coloring books for kids! Talk to your kids about safety!

FREE coloring books for kids! Talk to your kids about safety!

We will have:

  • Kid’s items: Emory the Emergency Penguin coloring books, bags, stickers (and some wristbands & other goodies while supplies last)
  • Useful safety-related information for grown-ups: brochures/flyers on Identity Theft (NEW!), Personal Safety, Suspicious Activity, Vehicle Safety, and SW Precinct contact numbers.

 

  • Translated materials: we have many of these materials in Spanish and many other languages.

Hope to see you there!

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Your thoughts on the micro-community policing plans?

You’re invited to participate in a focus group about the micro-community policing plans!

At our June meeting, Jennifer Burbridge announced that she wants to conduct a focus group with West Seattle Block Watch Captains on this topic. Following is some additional information that she provided.

Hello everyone! My name is Jennifer Burbridge and I am a Seattle University Graduate Research Assistant, stationed at the South West Precinct of the Seattle Police Department. Part of what I am tasked to do as a graduate research assistant with Seattle University is hold focus groups with different community groups. These focus groups would center around the group’s perception of the micro-community policing plans for their areas, their general thoughts on crime in their communities and their feelings about how well the police are addressing their concerns. The goal for these focus groups is to have around 10-15 people present and hold a productive discussion for about 1 hour. On Tuesday July 28th, I will be holding a focus group with the Block Watch Captains of West Seattle from 6:30-7:30 pm in the South West Precinct community meeting room! This is an opportunity to have your voice heard and to have a great conversation about whats going on in your communities! I hope to see you there!

As, noted, the focus group will be held in the community meeting room (same room where we hold the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network meetings) at the SW Police Precinct, 2300 SW Webster Street (next to Home Depot).

FYI, you can find the micro-community policing plans at www.seattle.gov/police/mcpp/.

Added, 7/16/15: If you can’t make the meeting on July 28th, note that Jennifer has now scheduled additional neighborhood-specific meetings; here are more details. Also, wanted to mention that you need not be a BW Captain to attend the meeting on the 28th. As with our monthly meetings, everyone who is interested in BW is welcome.

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Miss our June meeting? Here are some highlights!

Happy July! Our annual Summer Hiatus has begun! Before we get too relaxed, we thought we’d quickly recap a few of the announcements and highlights from our recent meeting, and also take a quick look forward at our summer calendar.

  • No regular WSBWCN monthly meetings in July or August – Our next meeting will be the 4th Tuesday of September; mark your calendars for September 22nd, 6:30 – 8 PM! Our annual schedule, as well as our contact info, is on this handy mini-flyer.
  • Participate in a Focus Group for Block Watch Captains — On Tuesday, July 28th, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, you’re invited to join in on discussion and share your opinions about micro-community policing plans. Jennifer Burbridge, a grad student who is on assignment with the SW Precinct, spoke briefly about this at our meeting and we will post additional details from her separately. [Now posted here.]
  • Night Out is on Tuesday, August 4th — As we noted earlier, registration is now underway! This is an excellent opportunity distribute informational materials to your neighbors. If you didn’t get materials at our meeting, there’s one more opportunity, so continue reading…
  • We’ll be at Summer Fest on Saturday, July 11th from 10 AM until 2 PM — Stop by to pick up safety-related materials before Night Out! Look for us in the Community Tent next to Easy Street Records (intersection of SW Alaska Street & California Avenue SW). We will have kid’s items (bags, stickers, coloring books), as well as useful information for grown-ups (brochures/flyers on Personal Safety, Suspicious Activity, Vehicle Safety, Identity Theft (NEW!), SW Precinct contact numbers, and various emergency preparedness items including Out-of-Area Contact cards). Quite a few materials are translated into Spanish and many other languages. This is our only outreach event before Night Out, but we’ll also be at…
  • Delridge Day & the SW Precinct Picnic, Saturday, August 8th,  from 11 AM to 3 PM — Two great annual community-focused festivals are combined into one on the grounds of the Delridge Community Center. In addition to free music, activities, and ice cream, you’ll have a chance to see and learn about some of the new crime-fighting technologies such as robotics that are used to defuse bombs. Look for us there!
  • Neighborhood Matching Fund grants — The deadline for Night Out event grants is over, but you can apply throughout the year for matching funds for other purposes. Visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf for details; you’ll find the online application at webgrants.seattle.gov/

Recapping our meeting (apologies that my notes were pretty sketchy), SW Precinct Captain, Pierre Davis updated the group on some of the successes they have had using Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) technology. One recent “sweep” resulted in the recovery of 5 stolen vehicles.

Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mark Solomon, described in detail a new effort being planned for Denny International Middle School to promote student safety before and after school. He is still seeking additional adult involvement, especially from those who live nearby. If you can help, you’ll find his recent newsletter with his contact info here.

We had lots of good discussion at the meeting. Many thanks to those of you who participated!

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Need tips for hot weather? New community safety newsletter has some!

Community safety newsletter from Mark Solomon, page 1 of 2

Mark Solomon, our community’s Crime Prevention Coordinator sent out a new newsletter today.

Community safety newsletter from Mark Solomon, page 2 of 2

We’ve also attached this newsletter it in .pdf format, so you can print and share it!
Seattle Police Email Newsletter, June 2015

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