[Update, July 2013: This post was originally published in October 2011; we have not modified or updated it since, but want to add a note regarding the status of this tool since the link to it no longer functions. The tool described below was unsupported once the Code For America development team fellows moved on to other projects. The entire citygroups.org site, and the BW Finder tool which was a component of that, has since been taken offline.]
The Block Watch Captain Finder Tool will roll out – ready or not! The tool is still not completely finalized (is any tool, EVER?). Nevertheless, we’re rolling it out at our October meeting. Come see a demo of this open source project developed by Code For America (CFA). And, put your group on the map right at the meeting!
Code for America will be done with their development work on this project by mid-November. Do you have feedback about ways to make this tool better?
Bring your ideas to this meeting, so we can discuss next steps! Going forward, we’ll need your help to monitor the tool and help get it through the first year. There are other cities interested in the software already; and as the pilot project, we want to look for ways to establish best practices and cooperation with other cities across the USA. It should be fun!
Meeting details & agenda
Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 6:30-8 PM
SW Police Precinct, 2300 SW Webster Street (at Delridge, next to Home Depot)
Arrive early for light snacks (any other goblins that want to bring snacks are welcome BOO!), socializing and networking with other BW Captains while we get the room set up!
Introductions, updates, announcements, neighborhood concerns and issues, holiday crime and safety tips.
Blockwatch Captain Finder Tool: Demo, feedback, register your group at the meeting.
Feel free to stay after the meeting to continue your discussions.
Hope to see you there! Everyone is welcome (even if you aren’t a Blockwatch Captain)! RSVP appreciated but not necessary to attend.
On behalf of the West Seattle Blockwatch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN)
Monthly Meeting: 4th Tuesdays (no meeting in November & December), 6:30-8 PM, SW Police Precinct Meeting Room (2300 SW Webster Street)
Added October 28th: If you missed the meeting, here’s a link to media media coverage by the West Seattle Herald. As well, we’ve now adapted the demo shown at the meeting into a tutorial for the new Block Watch Finder tool; it’s linked to from here.