Happy summer! Don’t miss the final meeting before our Summer Hiatus!

Join us on Tuesday, June 27th to learn about the Community Service Officer (CSO) program, and give your feedback!

In the 2017-18 budget, City Council set aside funding to re-implement the Community Service Officer program in 2018. Our guest speaker will be Angela Socci from the Finance and Planning Section of the Seattle Police Department. She’ll talk about the plans for reinventing the CSO program. They are in the early stages of the program development process, so we have an opportunity to offer feedback. How would you like to see the new program take shape?

As well, we’ll have updates from Captain Pierre Davis about crimes and issues they are currently seeing in the SW Precinct. Jennifer Burbridge, our new Crime Prevention Coordinator, will also be there.  Update, 6/27: Jennifer is unable to be there this evening.

Need materials for Night Out? This is our final meeting before our notorious Summer Hiatus — as we do not meet in July or August — so don’t forget to pick up any informational materials that you’d like to give your neighbors at Night Out events. Usually, you can catch us to pick up materials at the local summer festivals. Unfortunately, we are currently “waitlisted” for space in the Community Tent at West Seattle SummerFest in July. Night Out is on Tuesday, August 1st this year and Delridge Day takes place later in the month.

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017, 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, socialize and network with each other while we set up!

6:30-7:15              Introductions, announcements. Update from SW Precinct.

7:15-8:00              Angela Socci: Reinventing the CSO program.

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 contact us at wsblockwatchnet@gmail.com.

We hope you can join us!

Deb and Karen

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

Thanks for BEE-ing there!

It  was great to see some of you at the 5th Annual West Seattle Bee Festival last month. Thanks for stopping by! This was the fifth year we’ve participated in this great event.

Hope you also enjoyed the opportunity to tour SPD’s Mobile Precinct unit, and talk with Officer Jon Flores from the SW Precinct’s Community Police Team – as well as with the many other organizations and businesses that were part of the Vendor Fair this year.

 

Deb Greer setting up our WSBWCN booth at the 5th Annual West Seattle Bee Festival

Have you considered potential responses to an intruder in your home?

Join us Tuesday, May 23rd, for our monthly meeting! Our guest will be Officer Todd Wiebke. 

As many of you know, Officer Wiebke is currently the SW Precinct’s point person who works with the homeless. He gave a great presentation in January about his role and responsibilities. It was an insightful meeting!

This month, we have invited him back for a tutorial and scenario-based discussion about how to prepare for the possibility of an intruder in your home.

As in preparing for an earthquake or other natural disaster, we hope it will never happen. Indeed, it may never happen. If does, at least initially, we will be on our own. If we have a plan, chances of having the best possible outcome in a bad situation will increase. At the very least, it may help to reduce fear and anxiety.

Officer Wiebke plans to talk about intruder scenarios with a focus on how to prepare for them and best determine plans of action.

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, 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, socialize and network with each other while we set up!

6:30-7:00              Introductions, announcements. Update from SW Precinct.

7:00-8:00              Officer Todd Wiebke: How to plan your response to a home intruder.

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 contact us at wsblockwatchnet@gmail.com.

We hope you can join us!

Deb and Karen

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

Outreach season “BEE-gins” this Saturday, May 20th!

Forgive us the bee puns…but we like to “bee” consistent.

If you’ve followed our blog or Facebook group for more than a year, you’ll know that we have an annual tradition of participation at the West Seattle Bee Festival. It takes place at High Point Commons Park and inside Neighborhood House, (6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA 98126).

This will “bee” the 5th Annual West Seattle Bee Festival! Look for us at the Vendor Fair, between 11 AM and 2 PM, on the street that borders the west edge of the park, Lanham Place SW.

Make a “beeline” to our West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network booth to learn more about our org, pick up informational materials, ask questions or just say hi! We have some free gun safety locks available this year (while supplies last).

Community Police Team officers from the SW Precinct will be at the festival with the mobile precinct. Other great community organizations that provide resources to our community, such as West Seattle Be Prepared, will be there as well.

We want West Seattle to “bee-come” even more connected and networked than it already is. We can all help with that effort by meeting and learning from each other!

“Bee-low” is the West Seattle Bee Festival informational flyer with additional details.

Can you GiveBIG to WSBWCN, tomorrow, May 10th?

GiveBIG logoHave you heard about GiveBIG?  

The Seattle Foundation sponsors this one-day, annual online charitable giving event to help nonprofit organizations who are doing good work in our community.

Here’s how you can support the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network via GiveBIG!

  1. Visit the GiveBig website. Early giving is allowed this year, so you can do this today, as well as tomorrow.
  2. Find our fiscal sponsor, the Seattle Neighborhood Group here.
  3. In the comments area, designate your donation for the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network. You will receive a receipt to make your donation tax-deductible.

***If your employer does a donation match, you can double your contribution! Some alumni groups do a “stretch fund” as well!

No matter how big, no matter how small, your gift allows us to make a difference.

You can ALWAYS give to West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network. At other times of the year, visit the website of our fiscal sponsor, Seattle Neighborhood Group, and find us on the drop-down menu under “Make a donation today!”

Thanks for your support!

Deborah Greer

Karen Berge

On behalf of the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN)

Follow-up from our April meeting

Thanks to those of you who participated in our meeting on Tuesday! It was nice to see some new faces in the room, as well as returning participants. Many thanks also to Jennifer Burbridge, Captain Pierre Davis, and Lt. Steve Strand for their presentations and input this month.

Following up, one of the questions that came up during the discussion was about how to obtain Block Watch signs and the regulations for placement of those. A question was also posed before the meeting about how to step down from a Block Watch Captain role. All of these are addressed on this page, Becoming a Block Watch Captain.  (The “Block Watch Toolkit” that I recalled from some years ago is no longer online.)

Announcements included:

  • Two emergency preparedness events are being held concurrently on Saturday morning, April 29th.
  • The 5th Annual West Seattle Bee Festival is coming up on Saturday, May 20th. Our organization will have a booth there, and some of the CPT officers from SW Precinct will be on hand with their mobile precinct.
  • Our next WSBWCN monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, May 23rd. Officer Todd Wiebke will be our guest speaker. We hope you will be able to join us!

West Seattle Blog has posted coverage of the meeting here.