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)

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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)

Join us on Tuesday, February 27th to learn (more) about CPTED!

WSBWCN-logoCrime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is defined as a multi-disciplinary approach to deterring criminal behavior through environmental design. CPTED strategies rely upon the ability to influence offender decisions that precede criminal acts by affecting the built, social and administrative environment.  The strategies can apply to personal residences as well as parks, businesses, etc.

Our guest speaker will be SW Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator, Jennifer Danner. She has recently received her Professional CPTED Designation and will include the latest and greatest information on this subject in her presentation. Come learn some easy, innovative, and low-cost ideas that can be easily applied to your home environment to deter criminal behavior!

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, February 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              CPTED presentation by Jennifer Danner.

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)

Follow-up from our meeting on opioid use…

Thanks to all of you who attended and participated in our January monthly meeting!

We extend special thanks to our guest speakers from the Seattle Chapter of Not One More — President, Ed Petersen; Kim Chilcott; Addie Batchelder; Leigh Swanson, and Kelli Vogel — for their informative, thoughtful, and very moving presentation about opioid addiction and how it has impacted them.

 

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Ed Petersen (foreground) and other members of Not One More listen as Addie Batchelder speaks about the loss of her brother, Thad Batchelder

 

As well, SW Precinct Commander, Captain Pierre Davis briefed us on crime trends and recent statistics for our area. Laura Jenkins, the new Community Engagement Coordinator from Department of Neighborhoods, introduced herself and talked briefly about grant opportunities and Neighbor Day activities.

West Seattle Blog has coverage of the meeting here.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 27th, from 6:30 to 8 PM. Will post the agenda as that date gets closer. We hope to see you then!

Updated 1/25/18, 8:30 PM: Here’s a link to one of the videos that Ed Peterson showed us during the meeting. Here’s another video that he sent that wasn’t shown. Both provide insights into this issue – please take a look!