Oops! Here’s our very tardy meeting agenda!

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What can I say? Mea culpa.

Our monthly meeting is TOMORROW, Tuesday, May 22nd at 6:30 PM — we hope that you can join us…and that (most) 4th Tuesdays are penciled in on your calendar!

We’ll have an in-depth update from Captain Pierre Davis on issues and activity within the SW Precinct. Bring your questions for him.

As well, we’ll also have time for open discussion, as opposed to a presentation. This is our chance to discuss top-of-mind Block Watch-related issues, continue discussion on topics raised in earlier meetings, ask for advice on neighborhood-specific problems and share your advice and knowledge.

Here’s the detailed agenda.

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018, 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 the room!
6:30-7:15              Introductions, announcements. Update from SW Precinct.

7:15-8:00              Open forum to discuss and share Block Watch-related issues.

8:00-8:30              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 Block Watch Captain! RSVP appreciated, but not necessary to attend.

 

We hope you can join us!

Deb and Karen

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

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Where will you BEE on Saturday, May 19th?

We plan to BEE at the 6th Annual West Seattle Bee Festival!

This favorite event takes place at High Point Commons Park and inside Neighborhood House, (6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA 98126). 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).

This is also a great opportunity to meet Community Police Team officers from the SW Precinct and see 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.

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Would you recognize signs of human trafficking?

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If not, or if you’re concerned, please join us to learn more on Tuesday, April 24th, at our monthly meeting!

Yes, human trafficking does happen here. Though this topic has been in the news recently, many of the details and the scope of the problem might surprise you.

Our guest speaker will be Claudia Lawrence, Community Director of the organization Seattle Against Slavery. She will educate us on the extent of the human trafficking problem in the United States and in King County. You’ll learn to recognize the signs of human trafficking, especially the types of crimes happening in this area. By recognizing possible victims and reporting your tips, you can help law enforcement potentially save lives. She’ll also talk about local and national resources that you should know about.

Everyone has a role to play in combating human trafficking. Please come learn about what we as community members can do to help make things better!

As always, we’ll also have an update from SW Precinct Commander, Captain Pierre Davis.

Here’s the detailed agenda.

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

We meet from 6:30-8 PM in the community meeting room 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 with each other while we set up!

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

7:00-8:00             Seattle Against Slavery, Community Director, Claudia Lawrence.

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)

Watch or join the emergency communication hubs field exercise on April 28th!

Click here for more details about the total power outage “No Power, No Bars” emergency preparedness exercise that we mentioned briefly during our March meeting.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the West Seattle emergency communication hubs, you can learn more about them on the West Seattle Be Prepared website and see them on this map!

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Dept. of Neighborhoods launches Community Resource Hub!

Late last week, we received the following note from Laura Jenkins, the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Good Afternoon,

We’re emailing groups who are participants of the Community Connector to let you know that the Community Resource Hub, an online portal of City resources, information, and tools, has launched! The Community Connector is part of the new Community Resource Hub (seattle.gov/resourcehub). The site includes “how-to” documents, videos, websites, tip sheets, links to discounted City resources, and more to help community members connect and engage with city government and with each other. You can learn more about the Community Resource Hub here. Please share this resource with your contacts and let us know what you think.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. You can also email community.connector@seattle.gov with questions.

Thank you,

Laura Jenkins

Community Engagement Coordinator
Office: 206-684-0320

Cell: 206-437-3735

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

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Follow-up from our March meeting

WSBWCN-logoThanks to all of you who joined us on Tuesday, March 27th, for our monthly meeting!

Special thanks to our guest speaker SW Precinct Liaison Attorney, Joe Everett, who gave an informative presentation about the criminal court system; to SW Precinct Commander, Captain Pierre Davis, who updated us on recent crime-related activity in our area; and to Operations Lt. Captain Ron Smith who shared his experiences and insights.

West Seattle Blog has posted coverage of the meeting here.

We’ll follow-up soon with We’ve now added the slides from Joe Everett here. These include some useful info such as the rights that victims and witnesses have.

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Bewildered or frustrated by our criminal court system?

WSBWCN-logoWould you like to learn more about how a criminal case moves through the system as it goes to trial? Do you want to better understand the many decision points, legal guidelines, and constraints? 

If so, please join us on Tuesday, March 27th, for our monthly meeting!

Our guest speaker will be SW Precinct Liaison Attorney, Joe Everett. He will educate us about the structure and organization of the criminal court system, as well as talk about his role as an advisor to the SW Precinct.

The criminal court system can be complicated in structure and jurisdiction — for example, is it a City of Seattle court or a King County court?

Come hear why a judge might decide to release a defendant on their own recognizance, even when they have a long history of criminal behavior.

Learn about what we as community members can do to help make things better!

As always, we’ll also have an update from SW Precinct Commander, Captain Pierre Davis.

Here’s the detailed agenda.

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

We meet from 6:30-8 PM in the community meeting room 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 with each other while we set up!

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

7:00-8:00              SW Precinct Liaison Attorney, Joe Everett.

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)