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

 

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Stop by our booth at the Morgan Junction Community Festival!

West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network will have an informational booth at this wonderful neighborhood event! It’s this coming Saturday, June 18th.

Look for us in the vendor area, which is just north of Morgan Junction Park (at 6413 California Ave SW). We’ll be there starting at 10 AM. The festival runs until 5 PM.  Stop by to pick up informational materials and free 9-1-1 coloring books!

Here’s a preview of the festival, along with this year’s poster!

Morgan Junction Festival 2016 poster

Morgan Junction Festival 2016 poster

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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: http://www.cityofseattle.net/police/programs/policeacademy/default.htm.

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 margaret.olsen@seattle.gov.

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New SPD Community Safety newsletter has arrived!

We received a new newsletter yesterday from Mark Solomon, our community’s Crime Prevention Coordinator – please pass it along to your friends and neighbors!

SPD Community Safety Newsletter, June 2016, page 1 of 2

SPD Community Safety Newsletter, June 2016, page 1 of 2

SPD Community Safety Newsletter, June 2016, page 1 of 2

SPD Community Safety Newsletter, June 2016, page 2 of 2

We’ve also attached this newsletter it in printable .pdf format, so you can share it!
Seattle Police Email Newsletter 138

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Interested in a grant for your Night Out block party?

Night Out_logo

Did you know that you can apply for a Small Sparks grant and receive up to $1000 to help cover costs for your event?

We saw this reminder about the upcoming grant application deadlines and other requirements on the West Seattle Blog, and wanted to call it to your attention.

Although Night Out may seem far off, it’s just a little over months away. It’s always the first Tuesday in August, so this year will occur on Tuesday, August 2nd.

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Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, May 24th, for our monthly meeting!

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentWhat are your top-of-mind, Block Watch-related issues? Bring them to our meeting!

It’s been awhile since we’ve had open discussion as opposed to a full agenda, so this is your chance to discuss what is happening in your neighborhood, ask for advice, share your advice, and get to know your fellow BW captains.  Let’s take advantage of this!

Two topics that have been raised so far both involve youth. How do we engage youth to be involved in Block Watch? How do we build awareness of summer safety issues in them without alarming them?

Meeting schedule (come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, May 24, 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. Update from SW Precinct.
7:00-8:00      Open discussion — bring your concerns, questions and ideas!
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 email us at  wsblockwatchnet@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

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

Added, 5/25/16:  Coverage of last night’s meeting from the West Seattle Blog.

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Outreach season is about to “BEE-gin” – on Saturday, May 21st

Forgive us the bee puns…but we like to “bee” consistent. We now have an annual tradition of calling your attention to our participation at the West Seattle Bee Festival! It’s our first outreach event of the year.

This year will “bee” the fourth year for West Seattle Bee Festival, which is held at High Point Commons Park (next to Neighborhood House, 6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA 98126) on Saturday, May 21st. We’ll be participating in the Vendor and Information Fair. It runs from 11 AM until 2 PM on the street that borders the west edge of the park, Lanham Place SW.

“Bee-low” is the West Seattle Bee Festival informational flyer with additional details.

We hope you’ll stop by “make a beeline” to our West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network booth at the West Seattle Bee Festival to learn more about our org, pick up informational materials, ask questions or just say hi! We’ll have FREE coloring books for kids (while supplies last)! Other great community organizations, as well as Officers from the SW Police Precinct, will also be there to answer questions!

The West Seattle Bee Festival is soon to be followed the festivals at Morgan Junction, and West Seattle SummerFest in the Junction, and Delridge Day. These are all great opportunities to stop by to pick up informational materials, ask questions, and network with us and others from our local community.

FREE coloring books for kids!

FREE coloring books for kids!

We “bee-leave” that a networked community makes us all safer and stronger!

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