Join us on September 26th, as our monthly meetings resume!

WSBWCN-logo Happy fall! A quick reminder that our Summer Meeting Hiatus is over and our September meeting is coming up next week.

We hope you can join us next Tuesday, September, 26th, 6:30-8 PM, in our usual meeting room at the SW Police Precinct, 2300 SW Webster Street (at Delridge Ave SW, next to Home Depot).

Should be a great meeting! We’ll have updates from SPD’s SW Precinct leadership, and lots to discuss about what’s taken place over the summer.

As well, since September is National Emergency Preparedness month, we’ll talk about that too.

We are still finalizing the agenda, so let us know if you have any additional topics or suggestions. Everyone is welcome – you need not be an active Block Watch captain to attend.

Advertisements

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!

Look for us on Saturday at Delridge Day and the SW Precinct Picnic!

As we mentioned earlier, we’ll be at Delridge Day and the SW Precinct Picnic this  Saturday, August 13th! These two great annual events are held in combination on the grounds of the Delridge Community Center from 11 AM – 3 PM.

Delridge Day2016 poster

 

Come enjoy live music, free ice cream, yummy food, exciting demos at the Delridge Skatepark, and lots of activities for kids!

This is also a great opportunity to learn more about our local West Seattle community. Community groups and organizations (such as ours!) and West Seattle Be Prepared. Local businesses and vendors will be there.

The Seattle Police Department brings a safety focus to this event each year. You can meet the Community Police Team (CPT) officers and leaders from the SW Precinct, see some of their latest technology, ask questions, and talk with them informally about your concerns.

We hope to see you there – look for our booth, sporting the banner below! As usual, we’ll have informational materials galore!

Look for our West Seattle Block Watch Captains' Network banner!

Look for our West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network banner!

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

 

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.

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.

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)