Share your perspectives on crime and safety!

Hi! Hope all of you and your neighborhoods are safe and well!

We received the following information today about Seattle University’s annual focus groups — which inform SPD’s local Micro-Community Policing Plans — from Taylor Lowrey at SPU:

Dear Deb and Karen and members of the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network,

Seattle University is partnering with the Seattle Police Department to conduct ongoing research on community crime concerns. Qualitative concerns allow SU researchers to collaborate with SPD leadership to improve the city’s community policing initiative. As part of the Seattle Police Department’s Micro-Community Policing Plans, Seattle University’s Micro-Community Policing Plans Research Analysts invite those who live and/or work in Seattle to respond to focus group questions citywide in each of the city’s 58 micro-communities regarding community perceptions of crime, safety, and police legitimacy, as well as knowledge of and satisfaction with the MCPP. The focus group questions offer an opportunity to provide feedback to the Seattle Police Department on crime and public safety in Seattle, as a check-in between the administration of the Seattle Public Safety Survey every Fall. The questionnaire is accessible here from May through August 2020.

Information obtained from the focus group will help inform your neighborhood’s MCPP, so please come share your concerns and suggestions! Thank you in advance for taking the time to offer your perspective on crime and public safety in Seattle via the online focus group questions. Please feel free to email me directly any questions that you have regarding the focus group.

COVID-19 Update

As a result of the COVID-19 situation, this year the focus group questions will only be distributed online via a short open-ended survey and we have added a question on perceptions on the impact of COVID-19 on crime and public safety.

Sincerely,

Taylor Lowery | Seattle University MACJ Candidate | 2020 

Seattle Police Department Research Analyst | Southwest Precinct

Click to email Taylor Lowery

 

Reminder: No Monthly WSBWCN Meeting today!

Hello Everyone!

Hope you had a wonderful holiday season and have a great start on the new year!

We want to announce or remind you that we no longer plan to conduct 4th Tuesday monthly meetings in 2020.  For those of you who were not at our most recent meeting in October, we will elaborate on this change shortly.

Coverage of our October meeting; change is in the air!

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Thanks to those of you who joined us last Tuesday for our last scheduled meeting of 2019. We had some great discussion!

We wrapped up this year differently than most, leaving all of us with lots to consider over the coming months.

We typically take a winter hiatus in November and December, as 4th Tuesdays fall too close to holidays. We usually resume monthly meetings each January — but have decided to shake things up in the coming year and NOT do that.

West Seattle Blog has coverage of our meeting with more details. 

Feel free to send us your thoughts! How would you like to see this effort evolve? You can reach us at wsblockwatchnet@gmail.com or post a comment to our Facebook group. 

Thanks for your support and participation!

Coverage of our September meeting; our next one will be October 22nd!

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentIf you missed our September meeting or would like to share highlights with your neighbors, the West Seattle Blog has posted coverage. 

Our next meeting — and the final one we’ll have this year — will be on Tuesday, October 22nd, from 6:30 to 8 PM in the community meeting room at the SW Precinct. We’ll post the agenda as that day draws closer.

We hope you can join us!

 

Join us on Tuesday, October 23rd for our final meeting of the year!

We have two featured topics this month:

  • Package theft prevention
  • Resources available to us from the Seattle Department of NeighborhoodsWSBWCN-giant-logocurrent

During the holiday season, package thieves up their game to a higher level. We will discuss some techniques and available services that you can utilize to thwart package thefts and seasonal crimes of opportunity. Bring your ideas to share!

In addition, Laura Jenkins, Community Engagement Coordinator will talk to us about the various resources available from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. These include Neighborhood Matching Fund grants and the Community Resource Hub!

As this last meeting of the year gets underway, we’ll begin with introductions; a few announcements; and an in-depth update from SW Precinct leadership, Captain Pierre Davis about recent crime and safety issues.

Here’s the detailed agenda.

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)
Tuesday, October 23rd, 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.

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

7:00-7:20             Package Theft prevention discussion – bring solutions and ideas!

7:20-8:00            Laura Jenkins, Community Engagement Coordinator from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

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 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)

Our monthly meetings resume on Tuesday, September 25th! Join us!

Our featured topic this month is Mental Health First Aid. We hope you can be there! WSBWCN-giant-logocurrent

Most of us are familiar with or have attended First Aid classes to learn CPR, how to respond to someone experiencing a heart attack or identify signs of a stroke. As well, many of us are aware of the newer First Aid courses offered locally such as Stop the Bleed, and Disaster Response First Aid.

But, did you know that there is also a worldwide movement to train the public in Mental Health First Aid?

Our guest speaker will be Sue Wyder, King County Mental Health First Aid Coordinator and Valley Cities Mental Health Program Manager. Please join us to learn more about Mental Health First Aid and King County’s new free 8-hour certified course on this topic.

How can learning Mental Health First Aid help you help someone? Why is it important? Statistics suggest that you are more likely to encounter someone in emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. It’s especially important to recognize the signs that someone close to you — family, friends, co-workers, neighbors — may be in crisis, and to learn and understand Mental Health First Aid techniques so you can help them and others who may be in need.

As this first fall meeting gets underway, we’ll also have introductions; a few announcements; and an in-depth update from SW Precinct leadership, Captain Pierre Davis on recent crime and safety issues.

Here’s the detailed agenda.

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)
Tuesday, September 25th, 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.

6:30-7:10              Introductions, announcements. Updates from SW Precinct.

7:10-8:00              Mental Health First Aid Presentation by Sue Wyder.

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 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)