Happy summer! Don’t miss the final meeting before our Summer Hiatus!

Join us on Tuesday, June 27th to learn about the Community Service Officer (CSO) program, and give your feedback!

In the 2017-18 budget, City Council set aside funding to re-implement the Community Service Officer program in 2018. Our guest speaker will be Angela Socci from the Finance and Planning Section of the Seattle Police Department. She’ll talk about the plans for reinventing the CSO program. They are in the early stages of the program development process, so we have an opportunity to offer feedback. How would you like to see the new program take shape?

As well, we’ll have updates from Captain Pierre Davis about crimes and issues they are currently seeing in the SW Precinct. Jennifer Burbridge, our new Crime Prevention Coordinator, will also be there.  Update, 6/27: Jennifer is unable to be there this evening.

Need materials for Night Out? This is our final meeting before our notorious Summer Hiatus — as we do not meet in July or August — so don’t forget to pick up any informational materials that you’d like to give your neighbors at Night Out events. Usually, you can catch us to pick up materials at the local summer festivals. Unfortunately, we are currently “waitlisted” for space in the Community Tent at West Seattle SummerFest in July. Night Out is on Tuesday, August 1st this year and Delridge Day takes place later in the month.

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017, 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!

6:30-7:15              Introductions, announcements. Update from SW Precinct.

7:15-8:00              Angela Socci: Reinventing the CSO program.

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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Thanks for BEE-ing there!

It  was great to see some of you at the 5th Annual West Seattle Bee Festival last month. Thanks for stopping by! This was the fifth year we’ve participated in this great event.

Hope you also enjoyed the opportunity to tour SPD’s Mobile Precinct unit, and talk with Officer Jon Flores from the SW Precinct’s Community Police Team – as well as with the many other organizations and businesses that were part of the Vendor Fair this year.

 

Deb Greer setting up our WSBWCN booth at the 5th Annual West Seattle Bee Festival

Have you considered potential responses to an intruder in your home?

Join us Tuesday, May 23rd, for our monthly meeting! Our guest will be Officer Todd Wiebke. 

As many of you know, Officer Wiebke is currently the SW Precinct’s point person who works with the homeless. He gave a great presentation in January about his role and responsibilities. It was an insightful meeting!

This month, we have invited him back for a tutorial and scenario-based discussion about how to prepare for the possibility of an intruder in your home.

As in preparing for an earthquake or other natural disaster, we hope it will never happen. Indeed, it may never happen. If does, at least initially, we will be on our own. If we have a plan, chances of having the best possible outcome in a bad situation will increase. At the very least, it may help to reduce fear and anxiety.

Officer Wiebke plans to talk about intruder scenarios with a focus on how to prepare for them and best determine plans of action.

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, 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!

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

7:00-8:00              Officer Todd Wiebke: How to plan your response to a home intruder.

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)

Outreach season “BEE-gins” this Saturday, May 20th!

Forgive us the bee puns…but we like to “bee” consistent.

If you’ve followed our blog or Facebook group for more than a year, you’ll know that we have an annual tradition of participation at the West Seattle Bee Festival. It takes place at High Point Commons Park and inside Neighborhood House, (6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA 98126).

This will “bee” the 5th Annual West Seattle Bee Festival! 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).

Community Police Team officers from the SW Precinct will be at the festival with 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.

Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, April 25th to talk crime prevention!

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentJennifer Burbridge, our new Crime Prevention Coordinator, but a familiar face to many, will be our guest!

Last month, we learned that Jennifer Burbridge is stepping into a new role. She’ll be taking over crime prevention in the SW Precinct from Mark Solomon. Mark has been covering crime prevention for BOTH the SW and the South precincts. Fortunately, he’ll still be nearby working on crime prevention in the South Precinct.

Come meet and hear from Jennifer. She will outline her new responsibilities and talk about what her focus will be. We’re curious to hear how she plans to interact with the neighborhoods and with our organization of Block Watch Captains.

Please bring your questions, thoughts and ideas for our new SW Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator!

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017, 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!

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

7:00-8:00              Jennifer Burbridge, Crime Prevention discussion.

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!

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

Added, 4/27/17:  Here’s the coverage and follow-up from this meeting!

Follow-up from our March meeting

Many thanks to those of you who attended and participated in our monthly meeting on Tuesday evening!

We especially appreciated the update and insights about recent crime in our area from SW Precinct Commander, Captain Pierre Davis. As well, Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mark Solomon gave an informative presentation about 9-1-1 that addressed some of the confusion that many in our community have.

West Seattle Blog has since posted coverage of our meeting, as well as this related story about Jennifer Burbridge who will be our new Crime Prevention Coordinator in this precinct.

Note that our next meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 25th, 6:30 – 8 PM, in the Community Meeting Room at the SW Precinct. Hope to see you there!

Join us tomorrow for our monthly meeting!

We’ll have an update from Captain Pierre Davis on issues and activity within the SW Precinct.

We also tentatively plan to have a guest from the 9-1-1 Center, to explain the system and their process, and to answer some of the questions we’ve been hearing.

If not, we’ll build on some of the ongoing discussion from previous meetings, and ask for advice on neighborhood-specific problems. As we noted earlier this year, we’d also like to hear your ideas on what you’d like to learn, accomplish or change at future meetings.

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)
Tuesday, March 28th, 2017, 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              9-1-1 discussion, and/or open forum about Block Watch-related issues.

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!

Deborah Greer and Karen Berge

West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN)