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!

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

 

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

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.

New SPD Community Safety newsletter has arrived!

Shown and linked below is a new Community Safety newsletter that we received today from Mark Solomon, our community’s Crime Prevention Coordinator.

Note that in addition to the newsletter, Mark sent out a separate notification about four sex offenders who are currently living within the Southwest Precinct. You’ll find that here: Sex offender notification – 021216.

Community safety newsletter from Mark Solomon, page 1 of 2

Community safety newsletter from Mark Solomon, page 2 of 2

We’ve also attached this newsletter it in printable .pdf format, so you can share it!
Seattle Police Email Newsletter, February 2016

More on car prowls and package thefts from Mark Solomon

Passing along the latest email we received today from Mark Solomon, our community’s Crime Prevention Coordinator.

Seatttle Police Newsletter - December 2015

 

Here’s the email from Mark Solomon in .pdf format: Seatttle Police Newsletter – December 2015. You can find his earlier newsletter about this topic here.

Letters received about Block Watch Public Disclosure Request!

Mark Solomon, our community’s Crime Prevention Coordinator sent us TWO letters this afternoon. With the first letter Mark forwarded a letter from from Assistant Chief, Steve Wilske, with this note:

Dear Community Friends –

The City received – and must comply with – a Public Disclosure request regarding Block Watch Captains. If you are a Block Watch Captain, this directly impacts you.  Please see the attached letter from Assistant Chief Steve Wilske.

As Assistant Chief Wilske state in the letter, we sincerely regret any concern this disclosure may cause you.

Mark

Letter from Assistant Chief, Steve Wilske, received November 16th, 2015

 

Following is the second letter received from Mark:

Dear Community Friends,

As a per our legal advisor, the name of the individual who requested the names of all of our Block Captains and/or the individuals who organized Night Out events is public information.  The individual’s name is Keith Gormezano.  He requested names, addresses, home phone numbers, fax numbers, email addresses, notes and the approximate block where Night Out event was held, as well as the same contact information of Block Watch Captains (past and present).  Mr. Gormezano does not have to provide why he wants the information or what he intends to do with it.  He has signed a declaration stating that he will not use the list of names for commercial purposes.

As the letter from Chief Wilske states, we are only mandated to give out the names.  For South and Southwest Precincts, this  information was provided for current (not former) Block Watch Captains and 2014 & 2015 Night Out registrants.  If you are not currently a block watch captain, or if you have not been the one to register your group’s Night Out event in the past two years, your name was not disclosed.

I’ve received dozens of responses on this.  Many of you are upset, curious and some block captains have quit as a result.  We understand.  In my 25 years as a Crime Prevention Coordinator, I can say we have been protective of our Block Captains, to a fault.  Unfortunately this could not be avoided.  I am extremely sorry and saddened for the distress this is causing.

Sincerely,

Mark

We will post any updates as we learn more.

Added 11/17/15: We have not received any new information as yet. You can find coverage and discussion on the West Seattle Blog, and King5 ran a story on it as well. [Added late: Discovered this in the Seattle Times, as well.]