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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