Follow-up from our June 26th meeting!

As our “Summer Hiatus” begins, we want to take a moment to thank those of you who joined us for last night’s meeting!

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Our meeting guests included SW Precinct Commander Captain Pierre Davis (left), retiring Operations Lieutenant Ron Smith (center), and his replacement Lieutenant Steve Strand (right).

Crime  Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Danner and  Precinct Liaison Attorney Joe Everett were also in attendance.

West Seattle Blog’s coverage of the meeting includes video of Lt. Ron Smith’s parting remarks, as well as other meeting highlights.

We hope you have a wonderful summer!

Deb and Karen

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

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You won’t want to miss our June 26th meeting! Why?

As most of you know, we take a “Summer Hiatus” in July and August — so our meeting on Tuesday, June 26th is our last one prior to this year’s Night Out events. We hope you can make it! WSBWCN-giant-logocurrent

We’ll hear a comprehensive update about West Seattle “hot spots” and trends from Precinct Commander, Captain Pierre Davis…and about how SPD plans to address them.

Soon-to-retire Operations Lieutenant Ron Smith will be there. Come to say goodbye and wish him well!

Crime Prevention Coordinator, Jennifer Danner will also be there with LOTS AND LOTS of safety-related informational materials that you can pick up to give to your neighbors on Night Out!

We don’t have a presentation on a specific topic this month, so we’ll have ample time for questions and discussion. Bring your questions and Block Watch-related issues! Let’s talk about tangible steps that we can take to make our neighborhoods safer this summer.

Here’s the detailed agenda.

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)
Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 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 the room. Pick up materials for your Night Out events!

6:30-7:15              Introductions, announcements. Updates from SW Precinct.

7:15-8:00              Open forum to discuss and share Block Watch-related issues.

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 appreciated, but not necessary to attend.

We hope you can join us!

Deb and Karen

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

Miss our May 26th meeting? Here’s a brief recap!

WSBWCN-giant-logocurrentWe had some useful, interesting discussion at our West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network meeting this month. Many thanks to those of you who came to participate!

Officers Ken Mazzuca and Sarah Mulloy, who are now part of the SW Precinct Bike Patrol, shared some of their experiences using bikes in their work, and also fielded questions from our group. As you may recall, our March meeting featured a presentation about the enhanced Bike Patrol program, which “rolled out” earlier this spring. It was great to have a chance to follow-up on how it’s been going and hear their perspectives.

Officer Jon Kiehn, from the Community Police Team (CPT), updated us about some of the issues regarding vacant or abandoned properties in the SW Precinct. Officers have faced some legal constraints in removing people who were on a property without permission, such as squatters who have broken in to stay or other individuals who are there to vandalize or damage a property. If a vacant property is causing a nuisance in your neighborhood, please report it. He explained that he now has some new options for addressing these situations more quickly and effectively. You can find Officer Kiehn’s contact info here.

Useful resources and tools for Block Watch captains were a major topic of discussion. Suggestions included:

Some of you asked about BW map templates – we will look for some and post them to our site later. If you have one to share with your fellow Block Watch captains, please let us know and we’d be happy to include it!

During the second half of the meeting, Southwest Precinct Operations Lieutenant, Ron Smith, remarked that he had noticed two vehicle sales take place out in the parking lot during the course of our meeting. He added that quite a few people now take advantage of the option to conduct Craigslist transactions at Seattle’s police precincts, as it offers some safety for buyers and sellers, especially when high value items are involved. Consider this another resource to tell your neighbors about.

Additional topics that were brought up included emergency preparedness resources (such as West Seattle Be Prepared and the MapYourNeighborhood program, which we featured at our October 2013 meeting which was focused on emergency preparedness resources).

We  reminded the group that Department of Neighborhoods matching funds grants are available for Night Out parties and other community-building activities. June 1 is the cutoff date for mid-level “Small and Simple” grants, but “Small Sparks” grants of up to $1000 can be applied for at any time. FYI, Night Out is always the first Tuesday in August; this year it falls on August 4th. We just checked the Night Out website and discovered that registration has already begun to register a Block Party.

Lastly, we noted that our next monthly meeting on June 23rd will be our final one before our annual “Summer Hiatus” (you can find our meeting schedule here). If you want to pick up informational materials to give to your neighbors during Night Out events, plan to come to that meeting! We’ll bring our assortment of multi-language safety brochures, preparedness materials, and coloring books for kids. If you can’t make that meeting, you can also pick up materials from us whenever we are out and about in the community. Look for us at summer events, such as the Morgan Junction Festival on June 20th, SummerFest in mid-July, or Delridge Day on August 8th (just after Night Out).