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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 1 of 2

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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Summer is coming! A look forward…

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentSummer officially begins next Sunday, so as we impatiently wait for its arrival, we thought we’d take a look at our upcoming calendar of events and activities.

Saturday, June 20th, Morgan Junction Community Festival: We will have an informational booth at this great neighborhood event. Look for us between 10:30 AM and 4 PM. You can pick up free 9-1-1 coloring books and other useful materials!

Tuesday, June 23rd, West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network — June monthly meeting: This is our last one before our annual “summer hiatus“. We’ll announce the full agenda before then, but note that this meeting is your opportunity to pick up Night Out materials! We meet from 6:30-8 PM at the SW Police Precinct.

Friday, July 10th: Registration deadline for SPD’s Fall 11-week Police Academy. The sessions are FREE. They run from September 10th through November 19th, 11 consecutive Thursday evenings, 5:30 to 9:30 PM. We’ve uploaded their informational flyer and application.

Weekend, July 10th – 12th — We’ll be at Summer Fest again this year. Will post details about our schedule and location once our plans are finalized. This is another opportunity to pick up Block Watch materials from us, as well as ask questions or just say hi.

Tuesday, August 4th — NIGHT OUT!  Registration is open for Seattle’s 31st annual Night Out Against Crime. We’ll post more detailed information about this separately, but note that if you want to obtain funding for a Night Out event, you will need to begin the application process on or before this coming Friday, June 19th, and submit the application before Monday, June 22, at 5 PM.

Saturday, August 8th — Delridge Day & the SW Precinct Picnic: We’ll have an info booth again this year. Stop by between 11 AM and 3 PM!

We may continue to update this list – especially to add event flyers and links to additional info as they become available – so check back. If we’ve missed anything, please let us know.

Happy summer!

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Miss our May 26th meeting? Here’s a brief recap!

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentWe had some useful, interesting discussion at our West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network meeting this month. Many thanks to those of you who came to participate!

Officers Ken Mazzuca and Sarah Mulloy, who are now part of the SW Precinct Bike Patrol, shared some of their experiences using bikes in their work, and also fielded questions from our group. As you may recall, our March meeting featured a presentation about the enhanced Bike Patrol program, which “rolled out” earlier this spring. It was great to have a chance to follow-up on how it’s been going and hear their perspectives.

Officer Jon Kiehn, from the Community Police Team (CPT), updated us about some of the issues regarding vacant or abandoned properties in the SW Precinct. Officers have faced some legal constraints in removing people who were on a property without permission, such as squatters who have broken in to stay or other individuals who are there to vandalize or damage a property. If a vacant property is causing a nuisance in your neighborhood, please report it. He explained that he now has some new options for addressing these situations more quickly and effectively. You can find Officer Kiehn’s contact info here.

Useful resources and tools for Block Watch captains were a major topic of discussion. Suggestions included:

Some of you asked about BW map templates – we will look for some and post them to our site later. If you have one to share with your fellow Block Watch captains, please let us know and we’d be happy to include it!

During the second half of the meeting, Southwest Precinct Operations Lieutenant, Ron Smith, remarked that he had noticed two vehicle sales take place out in the parking lot during the course of our meeting. He added that quite a few people now take advantage of the option to conduct Craigslist transactions at Seattle’s police precincts, as it offers some safety for buyers and sellers, especially when high value items are involved. Consider this another resource to tell your neighbors about.

Additional topics that were brought up included emergency preparedness resources (such as West Seattle Be Prepared and the MapYourNeighborhood program, which we featured at our October 2013 meeting which was focused on emergency preparedness resources).

We  reminded the group that Department of Neighborhoods matching funds grants are available for Night Out parties and other community-building activities. June 1 is the cutoff date for mid-level “Small and Simple” grants, but “Small Sparks” grants of up to $1000 can be applied for at any time. FYI, Night Out is always the first Tuesday in August; this year it falls on August 4th. We just checked the Night Out website and discovered that registration has already begun to register a Block Party.

Lastly, we noted that our next monthly meeting on June 23rd will be our final one before our annual “Summer Hiatus” (you can find our meeting schedule here). If you want to pick up informational materials to give to your neighbors during Night Out events, plan to come to that meeting! We’ll bring our assortment of multi-language safety brochures, preparedness materials, and coloring books for kids. If you can’t make that meeting, you can also pick up materials from us whenever we are out and about in the community. Look for us at summer events, such as the Morgan Junction Festival on June 20th, SummerFest in mid-July, or Delridge Day on August 8th (just after Night Out).

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Reminder: our monthly meeting follows the holiday weekend!

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentHappy Memorial Day to all of you!

As most of you know, our monthly meeting generally falls on 4th Tuesdays – which this month is on May 26th, immediately after this long holiday weekend.

We’ll post the agenda before then, but meanwhile just thought we’d better mention that we’ll meet from 6:30-8 PM at the SW Police Precinct. FYI, our informational mini-flyer has more details about our schedule.

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Join us today, Tuesday, May 26th, for our monthly meeting!

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentWhat are your top-of-mind, Block Watch-related issues?

Bring them to our meeting! It’s been awhile since we’ve had open discussion as opposed to a full agenda at our monthly meeting. Let’s take advantage of this opportunity to discuss what’s happening in your neighborhoods, ask for advice or share your advice, and get to know your fellow Block Watch Captains!

Meeting schedule (come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, May 26, 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!

6:30-6:45        Introductions, announcements, and updates about crime and issues affecting the SW Precinct.

6:45–8:00      Open discussion — bring your concerns, questions and ideas!

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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