Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, October 27th for our last meeting of 2015!

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It’s been an eventful few weeks since our September meeting.

SW Precinct Commander, Captain Pierre Davis will update us on the recent string of disturbing arson fires, and the shooting on October 24th that left one person dead and another with life-threatening injuries. Come ask questions and hear more about these cases, as well as other recent incidents in our community.

Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mark Solomon will also be our guest. He will focus on prevention and things you can do to make your property less of a target for arson or property theft. Come learn about things you and your neighbors can do to be vigilant.

Are you ready for the Holiday Season and the increased hours of darkness?  The criminals are, so you should be too!

Note that this will be our last meeting this year, as our regular meeting date falls too close to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. We meet on most 4th Tuesdays, throughout the year, from 6:30 to 8 PM in the community meeting room at the SW Police Precinct.

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)
Tuesday, October 27th, 2015,  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, pick up informational materials, socialize and network with each other while we set up!

6:30-7:00              Introductions, announcements.

7:00-7:30              Captain Pierre Davis: Recent arsons, double-shooting, other incidents.

7:30-8:00              Mark Solomon: Safety and crime prevention.

8:00-8:30              Feel free to stay after the meeting to continue your discussions.

Everyone is welcome – you need not be a Block Watch captain to attend!  RSVP is appreciated, but not necessary.  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)

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Info from Seattle Police about the recent arsons in West Seattle

I know many of us are anxiously following reports in the West Seattle Blog and other local media about the recent arsons in our community.

Mark Solomon, our  Crime Prevention Coordinator from SPD, sent us the following update about the incidents this afternoon. Please share this information with your friends and neighbors. Click here for a printable .pdf version.

Arson information from Mark Solomon, page 1 of 2

Arson information from Mark Solomon, page 1 of 2

Arson information from Mark Solomon, page 2 of 2

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Join us on Tuesday, October 27th for our monthly meeting!

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Still finalizing the agenda and will post more details soon.

Note that this will be our last meeting this year, as our regular meeting date falls too close to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. We meet on most 4th Tuesdays, throughout the year, from 6:30 to 8 PM in the community meeting room at the SW Police Precinct.

Everyone is welcome – you need not be an active Block Watch captain to attend!

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Take part in the citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey!

If you attended our September meeting, you may recall that Jennifer Burbridge, (the Seattle University Graduate Research Assistant who is working with the SW Precinct), mentioned this survey during her presentation about the Micro-Community Policing Plans.  We received the attached flyer and follow-up details from her this week.

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Seattle University is administering the citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure.

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

Please circulate this information to your friends, family, co-workers and community members and feel free to post the information 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 added that you can get in touch with her, “If you would like to work with a Seattle University researcher to setup outreach and assist in the facilitation of the survey to your communities or organizations, or you would like more information about the survey, please do not hesitate to contact me.” 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!  We want West Seattle opinions and safety concerns to be heard, and of course, addressed!

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Package theft concerns? Here’s the new community safety newsletter!

Mark Solomon, our community’s Crime Prevention Coordinator sent out a new newsletter today.

We’ve also attached this newsletter it in .pdf format, so you can print and share it!
Seattle Police Email Newsletter, October 2015

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Highlights from our September meeting!

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentGreat meeting yesterday! Many thanks to those of you who participated, especially our presenters. 

SW Precinct Operations Lieutenant, Ron Smith provided detailed information on recent crime statistics – some excellent news about drastic drops in car prowls and burglaries. He also updated us about staffing of the Community Police Team, which at the moment is down to two, Officer Jon Flores and Officer Kevin McDaniel. Officer Jon Kiehn and Officer Erin Nicholson, who have both been so helpful to our group, are now working elsewhere in the department. 

Jennifer Burbridge gave an update on findings from the focus groups she conducted about the Micro-Community Policing Plans (MCPP’s). Kristin Tinsley gave a presentation about the new AlertSeattle emergency notification system.

The West Seattle Blog has published coverage of our meeting with additional details.

Our next meeting will be on the 4th Tuesday of October – October 27th – 6:30 to 8 PM. We’ll post more details as that date approaches!

Other Announcements

October 5th is the deadline to apply for the Small and Simple” Neighborhood Matching Fund grants (the mid-level grants). Small Sparks grants (the smallest grants) can be applied for at any time. You can find more info on the Department of Neighborhoods NMF website.

Surviving Disaster: Natural Hazards & Resilient Communities (UW lecture series): This free series will run on five consecutive Tuesday evenings starting October 13th. See our post on West Seattle Be Prepared for details.

Preparing for the Big One, new class offering from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, November 4th, 5:30 – 7 PM, at SW Branch Library. They also have listed a free Earthquake Home Retrofit class on October 11th, but it’s currently showing as full. FYI, their classes are free, but most require pre-registration. You can find more details and the Seattle OEM’s full schedule of classes here.

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What’s new since our last meeting? Hear about AlertSeattle, findings from the MCPP Focus Groups, and more!

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrent Join us on Tuesday, September 22nd for the first meeting after the Summer Hiatus! 

Our focus will be on what’s happened and what’s new since our last meeting in June.

Kristin Tinsley, Outreach & Training Specialist from the Office of Emergency Management, will be one of our guests. She will explain AlertSeattle, the City’s new emergency alert and notification system that launched this summer.

AlertSeattle is a free service that allows you to sign up online to receive customized alerts via text message, email, voice message, and on social media (Facebook and Twitter). Learn more about this system and how you can create customized notifications about severe weather, safety, health, utility disruptions, major traffic incidents, and more.

Jennifer Burbridge, the Research Assistant who is working with the SW Precinct on the Micro-Community Policing Plans (MCPP’s), will be back to report on the findings from the focus groups she conducted throughout our area, in which you hopefully participated.

As well, we’ll have updates from SW Precinct leadership about issues that they saw over the summer months.

Meeting schedule (come early, stay late!)

Tuesday, September 22nd, 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, pick up informational materials, socialize and network with each other while we set up!

6:30-7:00       Introductions, announcements, and updates about crime and issues affecting the SW Precinct.

7:00-7:15       Jennifer Burbridge: Micro-Community Policing Plan focus groups findings.

7:15-8:00       Kristin Tinsley, from the Office of Emergency Management, on AlertSeattle.

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)

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