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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Join us Tuesday, June 23rd, for our monthly meeting!

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrent Come hear from Mark Solomon and pick up materials for your Night Out parties! 

This is the last meeting before our Summer Hiatus! Since we don’t meet in July or August, and Night Out is on August 4th, this is an excellent opportunity to pick up any informational materials that you’d like to pass along to your neighbors. 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 materials including Out-of-Area Contact cards).  Quite a few materials are translated into Spanish and many other languages.

Mark Solomon, our area Crime Prevention Coordinator, will be our special guest.  He will talk about the new effort being planned for Denny International Middle School to promote student safety before and after school.  It is based on the “ Safe Passages Program” that Rainier Beach is doing and that nationally has been done in Chicago and Los Angeles. It will be implemented at Denny when the school year begins in the fall.

Meeting schedule (come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015, 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 while we set up. You can also help collate materials!

6:30-7:00        Introductions, announcements, and updates about crime and issues affecting the SW Precinct.

7:00-8:00     Mark Solomon! Our Crime Prevention Coordinator and Block Watch expert extraordinaire!!

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!

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

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More about Night Out activities…

As we noted in our previous posting, you can apply for a Small Sparks grant of up to $1000 to help fund your neighborhood’s Night Out activities, but you need to begin the application process today (Friday, June 19th)! Following is the information we received about this from Mark Solomon, our Crime Prevention Coordinator.

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Dear Community Friends –

Tuesday August 4th, the City of Seattle will be celebrating the 31st Annual Night Out Against Crime.   Our registration link for Night Out 2015 is now active.  Please go to: http://www.seattle.gov/police/nightout/default.htm

Night Out is a national crime prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite our communities.  Neighbor participation in Night Out continues to grow every year.  In 2014, over 1,400 Night Out events were registered city-wide.  It’s fun, it’s free and it’s a great chance to reconnect with neighbors and share information with each other while learning more about crime prevention.  Getting together with your neighbors, recommitting to watch out for each other, and reaffirming you will report suspicious activity to police are ways to show you care about your community.  You do not need to be in an active Block Watch to hold a Night Out event.  However, if you would like to form a block watch, please indicate that on your registration (we have a check box for that).

Department of Neighborhoods Funding Available To Support Your Night Out Event

If your neighborhood plans to participate in the 31st Annual Night Out on August 4th, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has a fund to support your event.

The Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement. Community groups can request up to $1000 to help fund Night Out planning and activities such as outreach efforts, educational fairs, bike parades, and neighborhood cleanups, to name a few.  The deadline for applications is Monday, June 22 at 5:00 p.m., but you must register first in our web-based application system by June 19 to apply.

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

We look forward to seeing you at Night Out 2015.

Regards,

Mark


Mark Solomon
Crime Prevention Coordinator
South & Southwest Precincts
Seattle Police Department

3001 S. Myrtle ST
Seattle, WA 98108

Phone: 206-386-9766
mark.solomon@seattle.gov

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