Highlights and follow-up from our January meeting!

We had some great discussion at our meeting yesterday. Thanks to all of you who participated!

We were happy that Officer Todd Wiebke was able to attend, as well as others from the SW Precinct. We heard updates from Captain Pierre Davis about recent trends and how his officers have been successful at addressing them. Operations Lt. Ron Smith; Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mark Solomon; and outgoing Research Analyst, Jennifer Burbridge were also on hand.

Officer Wiebke spoke about his work with the homeless population in the SW Precinct which includes West Seattle and South Park. He put a human face on this issue, describing some of the homeless individuals that he has met while doing this work. We were surprised to learn that some have jobs, but return to an encampment each night.

He also spoke of some of the challenges that the homeless have. He focused on the distinction between clean and sober encampments such as Camp Second Chance (CSC), and some of the ad hoc, unregulated encampments that are elsewhere in our precinct; as well as throughout Seattle, and to the south in some of the unincorporated areas.

Officer Todd Wiebke, from the SW Precinct Community Police Team, describes how SPD's role in addressing homeless issues is a small part of a broader effort involving many others

Officer Todd Wiebke, from the SW Precinct Community Police Team, describes how SPD’s role in addressing homeless issues is a small part of a broader effort that involves many others.

Some of the complexity in addressing homelessness has to do with the location of encampments. Some are in different jurisdictions — city, county, and state. As well, some of the homeless are in parks, are on private or commercial property, or on abandoned property in the process of foreclosure.

He noted an important distinction: “homelessness versus lawlessness.” He talked of success he has had helping some of the homeless get back on their feet, in some cases, connecting them with organizations and programs that provide support.

Officer Wiebke also talked of successfully cleaning out homeless encampments, if the inhabitants are breaking laws. He spoke in detail about those living in vehicles such as RV’s and campers. Individuals who are using drugs are usually also committing crimes to support those habits. He explained some of the challenges of getting them to leave.

He also addressed the issue of mental illness among some homeless. Many were surprised to hear him say that Washington State ranks so low in mental health care. After our meeting, I discovered this recent article in the Seattle PI that provides some additional context on that issue.

He also pointed out a distinction between homeless who live among us, and transients from outside our area who may show up here to prey upon West Seattle, then return to other places.

He reiterated that those living at Camp Second Chance (and presumably residents at other clean and sober camps) are quite different than those encampments that are unregulated.  One of the requirements at CSC is that the residents keep it clean.

I was surprised to hear him say that sometimes the debris seen nearby is illegally dumped by non-homeless outsiders who don’t want to pay Transfer Station fees, and don’t care if their actions are blamed on the homeless.

We hope to have Officer Wiebke back as a guest at future meetings, as his presentation was thought-provoking and informative.

During the introductory portion of the meeting, we had a few unrelated announcements. These included information about Neighborhood Matching Fund grants and emergency preparedness classes. Barbara Pascucci spoke briefly about HALA rezoning meetings. I’ll add links to that information shortly.

As well, Deborah and I opened the meeting with some of our thoughts about what we’d like to accomplish or potentially change as we head further into this new year. We’ll follow up with a separate post about that; we want your thoughts and input! You can email us at wsblockwatchnet@gmail.com.

FYI, West Seattle blog has highlights from our meeting here. [Added, 1/27/17:  WSB has just posted an overview of a visit to Camp Second Chance, that ties in well with our discussion.]

Karen Berge, Co-Founder

West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN)

Join us on Tuesday, January 24th, for our monthly meeting!

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentThis will be our first West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network meeting of the new year, as well as the beginning of our 8th year as an organization. 

Apologies for posting this agenda so late. Our invited guest is Officer Todd Wiebke, Community Police Team (CPT) Officer from the SW Precinct. He works on the homeless camp issues in our community. Some of you may have seen posts he has written about some of the challenges.

Note:  We learned late this week that Officer Wiebke has been asked to help with a large homeless camp in another precinct, so he may not be able to attend our meeting after all. We’ll post an update when we get an update from him.

If he isn’t able to attend, we’ll have extra time to discuss other issues and topics, ask additional questions of SW Precinct leaders,  and catch up on crime/safety issues that have come up in our neighborhoods since our last meeting.

 

Meeting schedule (come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 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; socialize and network while we set up!

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

7:00-8:00       Officer Todd Wiebke on the topic of homeless in our community.

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.

Hope to see you there!

Deborah Greer and Karen Berge

West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN)

Happy 2017! Our meetings resume this month…

Hope that your new year is off to a good start.

We thought we’d post a reminder that our monthly meetings return this month following our annual “winter hiatus.” Our first one will be Tuesday, January 24th, 6:30 to 8 PM.

We’ll post the agenda as the date gets closer, but meanwhile note 4th Tuesdays on your new calendars. We meet in the community meeting room at the SW Police Precinct (2300 SW Webster Street, adjacent to the Home Depot parking lot).

We look forward to seeing you!

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!

Follow-up from our October 25th meeting!

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentThanks to all of you who attended and participated in our meeting last evening! 

Presenters on our agenda included Captain Pierre Davis, Commander of the SW Precinct, who updated us on recent crimes. Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mark Solomon, gave a presentation on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).

Other guests included Jennifer Burbridge, who spoke about the Seattle Public Safety Survey (underway until November 30).  Jake Hellenkamp from Seattle Neighborhood Group introduced himself and talked about his upcoming project work in the 5400 block of Delridge.

The West Seattle Blog has posted coverage of our meeting.

Note that our next monthly meeting will be on will be Tuesday, January 24th, 2017. This was our final monthly meeting of 2016, as the 4th Tuesdays of November and December fall too close to holidays.

Join us on Tuesday, October 25th, for our monthly meeting!

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentWould you like to learn more about how you can make your home, vehicle or self less of a target to criminals?

Our special guest will be Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mark Solomon! He’ll teach us more about CPTED — Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.

Mark has worked with Block Watch groups in Seattle for many years; he’ll bring his many insights and great stories about safety and crime prevention! He will also field any questions you have about Block Watch-related issues.

Updated, 10/24:  We will have two additional guests at our meeting.

  • Jennifer Burbridge, the Research Assistant who is assigned to the SW Precinct, will talk briefly about the Seattle Public Safety Survey that is currently underway.
  • Jake Hellenkamp from Seattle Neighborhood Group will introduce himself and speak briefly about a crime prevention project in Delridge that his organization has just begun.

We hope you can join us next Tuesday, October 25th, (4th Tuesdays), 6:30 – 8 PM, at the SW Police Precinct!

The full meeting schedule is below.Note that this is our final monthly meeting of 2016, as the 4th Tuesdays of November and December fall too close to holidays.

Meeting schedule (come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 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; socialize and network while we set up!
6:30-7:00       Introductions, announcements. Updates from SW Precinct leadership.
7:00-8:00       Mark Solomon discusses CPTED and all things Block Watch!
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.

Hope to see you there!

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

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.

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Dear Community Members,

Please visit publicsafetysurvey.org 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.