Happy New Year!

WSBWCN-logoWe just want to take a moment to wish all of you a HAPPY 2016! Thanks for participating in our group and for being involved in Block Watch!

Hope to see you later this month when our monthly meetings resume on January 26th – the 4th Tuesday – 6:30 to 8 PM. We’ll post the agenda once that date gets closer.

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.]

Great meeting last Tuesday! Following up…

It was great to see so many of you at our first West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network meeting of the new year!

For those who couldn’t be there, West Seattle Blog has published coverage here. Following is a quick recap of the announcements we made at the meeting.

  • Join us for a Community Conversation with Seattle Police Chief, Kathleen O’Toole. We are co-hosting this event along with the SW Precinct Advisory Council (SWPAC). This will be next Tuesday, February 3rd, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, at the SW Precinct. Our earlier announcement has more details.
  • Registration is underway for the spring 11-week Community Police Academy that begins March 12, 2015. Classes are held on Thursdays from 5:30 to 9:30 PM. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, February 6th. To apply go to: http://www.seattle.gov/police/programs/policeacademy/default.htm or call Maggie Olsen at 206-684-8672.
  • The FBI’s Citizen’s Academy for business, civic, community, and religious leaders is scheduled to start on April 23, 2015. The deadline for applications is February 2nd.  The FBI Academy will fill quickly; please submit your application at: https://forms.fbi.gov/citizens-academy-application-seattle. If selected, you will be notified by March 15th.
  • A reminder that the SW Precinct has engraving kits available to borrow. If you missed the rollout and demo of the engraving kits last September, you’ll find details here.

Lastly, here is a repost of our informational mini-flyer which we distribute at outreach events – it details our yearly meeting schedule, contact info, and how to find out whether there is a block watch group in your neighborhood.

WSBWCN mini-flyer

West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN) informational mini-flyer

New Westwood/Roxhill/Arbor Heights community council meets tonight!

For those of you who might not have heard, a new community council is forming for the Westwood/Roxhill/Arbor Heights area. They will have their 2nd meeting this evening; Mark Solomon, our crime prevention coordinator, is a guest speaker and will talk about Block Watch and other safety measures.

West Seattle Blog has posted more info about the meeting and this group.  Those of you who are members of our Facebook group may also want to join this group there.

Update, 3/8/13:  Here’s a recap of meeting highlights from the West Seattle Blog.

Our monthly meetings resume this month!

Our West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN) meeting is on Tuesday, January 22, 6:30 – 8 PM (always 4th Tuesdays). Stay tuned for more details about the agenda!

Also, tomorrow, January 15th, 7 PM (3rd Tuesday) is the WS Crime Prevention Council’s community safety meeting. Their agenda includes precinct updates from Lt. Pierre Davis as well as guest presenter new Liquor Enforcement Officer, Lt. Tim Thompson. School safety is also on their list of topics to discuss.

Both meetings are at the SW Precinct (2300 SW Webster St, next to Home Depot). These are great opportunities to learn about safety concerns in our community, ask questions, and network with each other to build a stronger community!

Join us for our first fall meeting on Tuesday, 9/25!

The monthly West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN) meetings resume this coming Tuesday, 9/25, after our summer hiatus!  It’s been 3 months since our last meeting so we want to hear from you, how did the summer go?

What issue is your Block Watch dealing with the most?  Bicycle thefts, mail thefts, problem houses, gunshots, burglaries, other incidents?  Are there broader patterns to what we are experiencing individually?

What questions do you have? What do you as a BW Captain receive questions about?  Frequently asked questions that we hear:  What do I need to do to get my stolen items back?  If I install a video camera, will the police use the footage as evidence?  If I use the Online Reporting tool, does anyone use that information as evidence?

We will have more information and answers to some of these questions at the meeting.  For others, we’ll track down the answers or invite the people who know the answers to attend our future meetings.

MEETING DETAILS & FULL AGENDA

Tuesday, September 25, 2012,  6:30-8 PM

SW Police Precinct, 2300 SW Webster Street (at Delridge Ave SW, next to Home Depot)

6:00-6:30         Arrive early for light snacks, socializing and
networking with each other while we set up the room!

6:30-6:45         Introductions, updates, announcements.

6:45-8:00         Discussion: what issues and questions are Block
Watch Captains currently dealing with in the SW Precinct?

8:00-8:30         Feel free to stay after the meeting to continue your discussions.

Everyone is welcome (even if you aren’t a Blockwatch Captain, yet)!RSVP is appreciated, but not necessary to attend.  You can reach us at wsblockwatchnet@gmail.com or at 206 424-0040.  Thanks!

Apologies for getting the agenda posted so late…

We ARE having a June meeting… and it’s tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 26th, 6:30-8 PM at the SW Police Precinct, 2300 SW Webster Street (at Delridge, next to Home Depot).  Our main topic will be NIGHT OUT 2012: Ideas and advice from other captains, packet stuffing for your party. Come share your successes or ask for advice!


FULL AGENDA

6:00-6:30         Arrive early for light snacks, socializing and networking with other Captains while we set the room up!  We’re having root beer floats since we have a little bit of leftover Zippy’s root beer and Full Tilt Ice cream from the party! First come, first served!

6:30-6:45         Introductions, party review, announcements, neighborhood concerns, issues.  Officer Kiehn will be there to help you with any issues.

6:45-8:00         Night Out planning, preparation, advice.  If you want packets to pass out at your Night Out parties, you are welcome to come collate and stuff your materials during the meeting.  There will be bags for kids with fun items like stickers, plus adult bags with information about crime prevention and emergency preparedness.

8:00-8:30         Feel free to stay after the meeting to continue your discussions. Everyone is welcome (even if you aren’t a Blockwatch Captain, yet)!

RSVP is appreciated, but not necessary to attend. You can reach us at wsblockwatchnet@gmail.com or at 206 424-0040.  Thanks!

Apologies for getting the agenda posted so late…