Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, January 26th for our first meeting in 2016!

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We’ve got a lot to catch up on since our last meeting!

Our guests include SW Precinct Commander, Captain Pierre Davis, who will join us to provide an update on crime trends and what has happened in our area since our October meeting.

We have also invited our TWO new Community Police Team (CPT) officers: John O’Neil and Clayton Powell.  Come meet them and get to know who will be working in your area. They join officers Jon Flores and Kevin McDaniel, bringing the CPT team to four.

There will be time to ask all of them questions, as well as some time for discussion about other issues that have come up over the winter break.

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.

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)
Tuesday, January 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.

7:00-7:30              Captain Pierre Davis and new CPT Officers.

7:30-8:00              Discussion.

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 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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Happy New Year!

WSBWCN-logoWe just want to take a moment to wish all of you a HAPPY 2016! Thanks for participating in our group and for being involved in Block Watch!

Hope to see you later this month when our monthly meetings resume on January 26th – the 4th Tuesday – 6:30 to 8 PM. We’ll post the agenda once that date gets closer.

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More on car prowls and package thefts from Mark Solomon

Passing along the latest email we received today from Mark Solomon, our community’s Crime Prevention Coordinator.

Seatttle Police Newsletter - December 2015

 

Here’s the email from Mark Solomon in .pdf format: Seatttle Police Newsletter – December 2015. You can find his earlier newsletter about this topic here.

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Letters received about Block Watch Public Disclosure Request!

Mark Solomon, our community’s Crime Prevention Coordinator sent us TWO letters this afternoon. With the first letter Mark forwarded a letter from from Assistant Chief, Steve Wilske, with this note:

Dear Community Friends –

The City received – and must comply with – a Public Disclosure request regarding Block Watch Captains. If you are a Block Watch Captain, this directly impacts you.  Please see the attached letter from Assistant Chief Steve Wilske.

As Assistant Chief Wilske state in the letter, we sincerely regret any concern this disclosure may cause you.

Mark

Letter from Assistant Chief, Steve Wilske, received November 16th, 2015

 

Following is the second letter received from Mark:

Dear Community Friends,

As a per our legal advisor, the name of the individual who requested the names of all of our Block Captains and/or the individuals who organized Night Out events is public information.  The individual’s name is Keith Gormezano.  He requested names, addresses, home phone numbers, fax numbers, email addresses, notes and the approximate block where Night Out event was held, as well as the same contact information of Block Watch Captains (past and present).  Mr. Gormezano does not have to provide why he wants the information or what he intends to do with it.  He has signed a declaration stating that he will not use the list of names for commercial purposes.

As the letter from Chief Wilske states, we are only mandated to give out the names.  For South and Southwest Precincts, this  information was provided for current (not former) Block Watch Captains and 2014 & 2015 Night Out registrants.  If you are not currently a block watch captain, or if you have not been the one to register your group’s Night Out event in the past two years, your name was not disclosed.

I’ve received dozens of responses on this.  Many of you are upset, curious and some block captains have quit as a result.  We understand.  In my 25 years as a Crime Prevention Coordinator, I can say we have been protective of our Block Captains, to a fault.  Unfortunately this could not be avoided.  I am extremely sorry and saddened for the distress this is causing.

Sincerely,

Mark

We will post any updates as we learn more.

Added 11/17/15: We have not received any new information as yet. You can find coverage and discussion on the West Seattle Blog, and King5 ran a story on it as well. [Added late: Discovered this in the Seattle Times, as well.]

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Have you taken the Seattle Public Safety Survey yet?

If not, there’s still time! The deadline for participation is November 30th.

You can access the survey online at publicsafetysurvey.org. It is available in Amharic, Chinese, English, Korean, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese, as well as English.

If someone you know is not able to take the survey online and would like help or more information, contact Jennifer Burbridge who is working with the SW Police Precinct. You can find her contact info, as well as more details about the survey and the Micro-Community Policing Plans here.
publicsafetysurvey

As we noted earlier, we hope you will take a few minutes to complete the survey yourselves, as well as pass it along to those in your Block Watch groups. This is a citywide survey and we want West Seattle opinions and safety concerns to be heard, and of course, addressed!

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New SPD community safety newsletter has timely info!

Our community’s Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mark Solomon, sent out a new newsletter this week.

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

If you missed Mark’s presentation at our October meeting, you can find a brief recap here; as well, you can find his recommendations for arson prevention here.

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Follow-up from our October meeting on Tuesday!

WSBWCN-logoThanks to those of you who attended and participated in our October meeting!

We especially appreciated the opportunity learn more about the recent arsons and ask questions of SW Precinct Commander, Captain Pierre Davis.

Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mark Solomon was also our guest. He provided useful advice about arson prevention, as well as timely information about deterring seasonal crimes. We’ll post his newly released newsletter  separately. [Added here.]

You can find highlights from the meeting, including video clips of Captain Davis’ remarks, on the West Seattle Blog and King5 News.

FYI, this was our last meeting of 2015. Our next meeting will be on January 26th (4th Tuesday). Hope to see you then!

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