THANK YOU for continuing the conversation!

We want to extend our thanks to Seattle Police Chief, Kathleen O’Toole; as well as to SW Precinct Commander Captain, rather: newly appointed Assistant Chief, Steve Wilske; and everyone else who helped made last night’s “Continue the Conversation” meeting an engaging, interesting and informative dialog.

This is what we had envisioned for the first Community Conversation — which was unfortunately cut short — an opportunity to pose questions and discuss issues with our Police Chief that are top-of-mind in our local community.

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentA sincere thanks to all of you who brought your questions and concerns, and perhaps even banished fears of microphones and public speaking, last night!

As well, kudos to Pete Spalding (SW Precinct Advisory Council) for moderating and co-sponsoring this event with us, and a huge thanks to the West Seattle Senior Center for providing the venue!

Here’s the related media coverage:

Again, many thanks to all of you for being and staying involved!

Updated, 3/14/15:  Adding a few photos that Holly McNeill from the West Seattle Senior Center sent us (thanks, Holly!); these were taken just prior to the start of the meeting.

photo of Chief O'Toole, Pete Spalding, Karen Berge, Deborah Greer, Captain Wilske at front of room

Chief O’Toole, Pete Spalding, Karen Berge, Deborah Greer, Captain Wilske

Photo of room prior to the start of the meeting - a big crowd!

View of room prior to the start of the meeting – a big crowd!

Photo of the attendees

Another view of the crowd in the room – no empty seats!

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Continuing our Community Conversation with Seattle’s Police Chief

Please join us for the return visit by our Chief of Police as we continue our Community Conversation with her next Wednesday, March 11th at the West Seattle Senior Center. This will not be a formal presentation, but rather an opportunity for us to ask her questions and engage in discussion.

 

The West Seattle Senior Center is located at 4217 SW Oregon Street, Seattle, WA 98116, on the corner of California Ave SW and SW Oregon Street. Note that the entrance is on Oregon Street. There is a parking lot to the east, with entrances on 42nd.

Lastly, here’s the informational flyer in .pdf format. Hope to see you there!

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More information about how to deter property crime!

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentMany thanks to those of you who attended and participated in our meeting on Tuesday. If you missed it, you can find coverage of the meeting here. Following up after her presentation, Officer Erin Nicholson has forwarded us these detailed information sheets about External Home Security, Door Security, and Window Security that were created by Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mark Solomon. We’ll also attach them in printable .pdf format at the end of this post.

External Home Security, page 1 of 2

External Home Security information from Seattle Police Department, page 1 of 2

 

External Home Security, 2 of 2

External Home Security information from Seattle Police Department, 2 of 2

Door Security information

Door Security information from Seattle Police Department

Window Security information, 1 oif 2

Window Security information from Seattle Police Department, 1 of 2

 

Window Security information from Seattle Police Department, 2 of 2

Window Security information from Seattle Police Department, 2 of 2

External Home Security: Home Security – Exterior of the Home (2-page, .pdf file)

Door Security: Home Security – Door Security (1-page, .pdf file)

Window Security: Home Security – Window Security (2-page, .pdf file)

Hope you find this information useful!

Our next West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network meeting will be on March 24, 2015. We’ll post the agenda here, as well as on our Facebook group page, as that date gets closer.

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Join us this evening as we focus on ways to deter property crime!

Our monthly meeting is today, Tuesday, February 24th.

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What can you do to help prevent property crimes?  Why do thieves take even inexpensive items from your yard, vehicle or garage? Community Police Team officer, Erin Nicholson will discuss prevention and answer your questions about these types of ‘quality of life’ crimes.

SW Precinct Commander, Captain Steve Wilske will provide updates on crime and issues happening in the SW Precinct.

Please join us to suggest, review and/or learn tips and techniques that will make your property and your vehicles less-desirable targets for criminals.

Meeting schedule (come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015, 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 Captain Steve Wilske.

7:00-8:00        Deterring property crime – with SPD Officer, Erin Nicholson.

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 or phone us at 206-424-0040.

Hope to see you there!

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

Added 2/26/15: Linking in coverage of the meeting from the West Seattle Blog.

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Join us next Tuesday, February 24th for our monthly meeting!

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Lots going on this month and lots to discuss!

We’ll finalize and post the agenda soon, but meanwhile wanted to make sure that the date was on your calendars.

Meeting starts at 6:30 PM, and will be held in the community meeting room at the SW Police Precinct.

 

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Community Conversation with Police Chief O’Toole – disrupted…

Many thanks to those of you who came to our meeting with Seattle Police Chief O’Toole this evening with the intention of having a civil conversation and dialog with her. We know that many of you have significant concerns and important issues that you wanted to bring to her attention. Many of us were looking forward to this opportunity to hear what she had to say about issues that are significant to West Seattle and relevant to our lives and community.

Moderator Pete Spalding, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole, SW Precinct Commander Steve Wilske, West Seattle Block Watch Captains' Network Deborah Greer and Karen Berge

Moderator Pete Spalding, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole, SW Precinct Commander Steve Wilske, West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network  leaders Deborah Greer and Karen Berge

As you may know by now, our community conversation with Police Chief O’Toole was disrupted by people who have a different agenda and who used this West Seattle meeting as a means to gain publicity for their own concerns or efforts.

We were happy to see so many West Seattle folks push back when the disruptions first began, as it seemed to be an organized (or maybe anarchists use some other term since presumably organization is bad?) effort to bring up issues of police brutality and racial inequality, rather than anything to do with West Seattle.

We cut the meeting short since we were in a public forum in which we couldn’t eject the disruptors, the disruptors knew that, SPD knew that, we learned that shortly before the meeting began. The rest of you didn’t necessarily know that, so in many eyes this meeting seemed to end very awkwardly and abruptly.

We’ve sorry that it played out this way, but it appeared that they were going to continue to use this opportunity to air their own frustrations. They obviously had no respect for us (meeting co-organizers, SPD, or members of our community) who were telling them to take their turn or follow the process.

We don’t generally assume “ill-intentions”, but as we left the meeting we did notice local TV stations were interviewing the individuals who had disrupted the meeting – who had coincidentally thought to bring signs.

So, if you were at all impacted by what happened tonight – either in person or in reading about what happened –  please weigh in on the discussions that are playing out in the media. Those who disrupted the meeting were also video taping it and photographing it, presumably to leverage it in the future.

Do their concerns outweigh yours? Do they outweigh ours? If you don’t think so, don’t let the disruptors and randomizers from outside of our community be the only ones to tell their side of it! Just because they chose to shout, and we did not, does not make them right!

Added 2/4/15: Linking in news coverage of the meeting from the West Seattle Blog and the West Seattle Herald.

Note that we do plan to invite the Chief back to West Seattle – soon – and will make sure that the meeting takes place at a venue in which we can keep order. We don’t want a closed meeting, but rather a meeting in which people behave civilly or can be ejected.

We were told that we couldn’t force the protesters to leave, because the meeting was held inside the precinct; we won’t have that constraint at another venue.

 

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Don’t miss the Community Conversation with Seattle Police Chief O’Toole!

As this week begins, a reminder that Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole’s will be here in West Seattle on Tuesday evening, February 3rd. As we noted earlier, this isn’t a formal presentation, but rather an opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion.

Informational flyer for Seattle Police Chief's visit to West Seattle

Hope to see you there!

And, here’s the informational flyer in .pdf format.

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