Holiday Season Safety Tips from SPD

We received the note below and the attached informational flyer this week from Jennifer Burbridge, Research Analyst who is on assignment with the SW Police Precinct.

Hello SW Precinct community groups and community members, 

Attached is a new holiday safety crime prevention bulletin (attached in both PDF and JPEG form)! Captain Davis and I would very much appreciate this bulletin getting distributed to your community groups, listserves, neighbors and families.

We often see an increase in package thefts around the holiday season- and we would like to make sure we provide our community with this very important information and prevention techniques.  

Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions!

Thank you so much for you assistance in getting this important information out to our community.

-Jennifer Burbridge

(206) 684-4138

Seattle University Graduate Research Analyst

Micro-Community Policing Plans

Seattle Police Department- SW Precinct

As she notes, please share this information! Here is the holiday-safety-bulletin flyer in .PDF format, and below as a graphic.




West Seattleites: don’t forget to take the Public Safety Survey this month!

When we first posted about the Public Safety Survey, the deadline for participating may have seemed far, far away. Now, that deadline is fast approaching. Please take a few minutes to share your opinions about safety-related issues by November 30th.

This survey is open to those who live, work, and/or spend time in Seattle. We think it’s important that West Seattle people weigh in, and take this opportunity to be heard.

You’ll find the survey (available to take in multiple languages) at Click this link to our first post for more details about the survey.


More on CPTED from the archives…

Following up on the subject of our meeting last month, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), we wanted to showcase some of the information presented to us earlier.

This is the West Seattle Blog’s video of our CPTED tour with Officer Jon Kiehn from several years ago. As we now have the capability of embedding video, we wanted to call this to your attention again!

As well, we’ve added WSB’s coverage of Officer Kiehn’s CPTED presentation prior to this field trip, as well as to this refresher CPTED presentation from Spring 2012.

There are many great insights in these materials!

Voice your concerns! Take the Seattle Public Safety Survey!

Tomorrow, October 15th, 2016, another Seattle Public Safety Survey gets underway!

Some of you may recall that a similar survey also took place last year at this time. This will be the second (perhaps, second annual?) one. We’ve included a link to the survey, as well as more details below.



Dear Community Members,

Please visit to take part in the 2016 Seattle Public Safety Survey.

The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback from those who live and/or work in Seattle to increase public safety and security in your neighborhood.

Through the survey results we will provide detailed reports on the safety concerns of each neighborhood to our partner, the Seattle Police Department, who will use that information to alter their community policing plans in your neighborhood to address the concerns of your community.

The survey is accessible from October 15th through November 30th and is available in Amharic, Chinese, English, Korean, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Please tell your friends, family, co-workers and community members about the Seattle Public Safety Survey and feel free to post the survey link on your social media.

Public safety and security are community concerns. Please make sure your voice is heard by completing the public safety survey today.

Jennifer Burbridge, the Seattle University Graduate Research Assistant who has been working with the SW Precinct for the past year and a half on the Micro-Community Policing Plans; (and her counterparts, who are working with the other Seattle police precincts), are again conducting this survey.

Jennifer will be one of our guests at the next meeting of the West Seattle Block Captains’ Network on October 25th. Bring any questions you have for her about this new survey.

Jennifer noted that you can get in touch with her, before or after our meeting, if you would like to work with her to setup outreach and assist in the facilitation of the survey to your specific communities or organizations. You can reach her through the SW Police Precinct.

We hope you will take a few minutes to complete the survey yourselves, as well as pass it along to those in your Block Watch groups.

The Seattle Public Safety Survey is open for participation from tomorrow, October 15th through November 30th.

Bulletins about burglaries and car prowls from Seattle Police

We received an email alert from Jennifer Burbridge at the SW Precinct this week with two crime prevention bulletins.  We are passing them along. Please do so as well!

Jennifer wrote:


Hello all,

Attached are two crime prevention bulletins – one for burglary and one for car prowl. Burglaries (both residential and non-residential) and car prowls continue to be significant crime issues throughout the city of Seattle and the SW Precinct is no exception.

We at the SW Precinct would like to provide you with these crime prevention bulletin to hopefully, not only help provide a better understanding of what these crimes are, but also provide you with some very important prevention techniques.

Please distribute and post these to your neighbors, families, friends and community groups.

Burglary Bulletin (.pdf format)

Car Prowl Bulletin (.pdf format)

Let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns!

Jennifer Burbridge

(206) 684-4138

Seattle University Graduate Research Analyst

Micro-Community Policing Plans

Seattle Police Department – SW Precinct


We’ve also included these files as graphics below.

Burglary Bulletin


Car Prowl bulletin 2016

Reminders ahead of next week…

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentAs this weeks starts to wind down, we wanted to call a few things on the horizon to your attention.

First, a reminder that our monthly meeting is next Tuesday, June 28th at 6:30 PM (at the SW Precinct). This will be our final meeting before our annual “summer hiatus” — so therefore your last opportunity to pick up any of our safety-related informational materials, 9-1-1 bags, coloring books and stickers, for your Night Out events!

Second, the deadline to apply for Small Sparks grants that provide funds for Night Out events is Friday, July 1st at 5 PM; note that you’ll need to register in their system a little earlier than that, so don’t wait until the last minute!

FYI, Night Out is coming up on Tuesday, August 2nd this year!Night Out_logo


Register now for the 11-week Community Police Academy!

We received the following announcement, registration information, and application form, late last week. Note that although the deadline is over a month away, this is a popular course and may fill up fast!

SPD 11-Week Community Police Academy – Fall Session Enrollment – Deadline Friday July 29th

The Seattle Police Department is now accepting applications for the 2016 fall SPD Community Police Academy (CPA).  The Academy will start on Thursday, September 8th and will meet once a week for eleven consecutive Thursday evenings, 5:30 – 9:30 pm, ending on Thursday, November 17th, 2016.   Participation is free.

The Community Police Academy is an eleven-week program designed to educate community members about the operations of the Seattle Police Department, while also giving the Department an opportunity to obtain valuable feedback from the community. The purpose of the Community Police Academy is to increase understanding between the Seattle Police Department and the community members of Seattle through education and interaction.

Community participants will become familiar with various facets of the Seattle Police Department and gain insight into law enforcement’s role in the criminal justice system and the daily work of police employees. With increased understanding, Seattle’s community and police can work together and achieve realistic solutions to neighborhood problems relating to crime, fear of crime, and neighborhood decay. It is hoped that increasing community awareness will respond to some of the myths and images of law enforcement and provide a realistic view of police procedures.

If you are interested in applying, please visit:

When filling out this Eleven-Week CPA Application please include a copy of your Driver’s License.  Space is limited and applications are processed on a first come, first serve basis.  The application deadline is Friday, July 29, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact Maggie Olsen at (206) 684-8672 or by e-mail