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!

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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!
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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.

Follow-up from our March meeting with Lisa Herbold

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Many thanks to those of you who participated in our meeting this month. Special thanks to our guests, Seattle Councilmember, Lisa Herbold, and SW Precinct Commander, Pierre Davis.

You can find coverage of the meeting highlights here from the West Seattle Blog.

As we noted earlier, Lisa represents the neighborhoods of West Seattle and South Park on the Seattle City Council. She followed up her presentation at our meeting on Tuesday with this note and the attached Staffing Study Cover Letter and the linked documents.

Dear Deborah & Karen,

Thank you for the warm reception on Tuesday.  I promised some follow up.  Please see the Berkshire Staffing Report as well as presentation materials for the Council’s committee discussion attached here.

In addition, one of your members said that the Seattle Municipal Court did not offer adjudication by mail.  I wanted to provide background on that program in the hopes you could share it with your members.  Please see here for more:  http://www.seattle.gov/courts/comjust/admail.htm

Thank you for your advocacy on behalf of better public safety in our communities!

Best,

Lisa Herbold

District 1 Councilmember, Chair Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development, and Arts Committee
206-684-8803
lisa.herbold@seattle.gov

FYI, our next meeting of the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network will be on April 26th, 6:30 to 8 PM. We’ll post the agenda and more details later.

Updated, 4/7/16: Many thanks to Richard Kromm for taking and sending us photos from the meeting!

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Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, March 22nd, for our monthly meeting!

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Lisa Herbold, District 1 Councilmember, will be our guest!

Lisa represents the neighborhoods of West Seattle and South Park on the Seattle City Council. This is an opportunity for us to hear how she views the issues of most concern to Block Watch Captains. Most importantly, it’s an opportunity for us to share our concerns as Block Watch Captains with Lisa.

SW Precinct Commander, Captain Pierre Davis, will also join us! We hope you will as well!

 

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016,  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, updates from Captain Pierre Davis,

7:00-8:00              Lisa Herbold, Councilmember from District 1.

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.

Hope to see you there!

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

Wondering about our yearly meeting schedule? We meet on most 4th Tuesdays, throughout the year. We meet monthly January through June; then again in September and October. You can find meeting agendas and recaps on our Facebook group page, as well as here on our website.

Follow-up from our meeting on privacy and transparency

WSBWCN-logoThanks to those of you who took part in our very interesting meeting about privacy and transparency! We appreciated the opportunity to hear from Mary Perry, the new Director of Transparency and Privacy at SPD.

One of the reasons we invited her was to better understand why SPD felt they had to comply with the Block Watch-related Block Watch-related Public Disclosure Request last fall.

Delving back into that issue, that answer seems to hinge on this:  they view Block Watch Captains, and people who organize Night Out parties and notify the city of those events, as “volunteers,” and in the sense that the law applies to “employees or volunteers of a public agency,” it would apply to us.

I, (personally, not on behalf of our org), would argue that we are NOT Seattle Police Department or City volunteers, even though SPD and the City of Seattle may benefit from our activities. Many Block Captains have never even met with anyone from the City or SPD; others may have interacted briefly, but have no ongoing relationship.

SPD does not supervise BW Captains in this role, have requirements for “volunteering” in this role, or monitor how we perform (or fail to perform) in this role. Many who serve in the capacity of Block Watch Captains interact with their immediate neighbors only. As an individual Block Watch Captain or someone stepping up to plan a Night Out event, our often non-relationship with SPD is a subtle, but important, distinction.

Most importantly, I think there has to be “buy-in” from all parties, before there is a volunteer/agency relationship. Even those of us who have an ongoing relationship with SPD, do not necessarily feel that we are their “volunteers.”  The “volunteers” need to be aware that they are “volunteering,” as opposed to just organizing their neighbors into a Block Watch group, and perhaps inviting one of the Crime Prevention Coordinators to come and speak to the new group when it is initially forming.

When I became an individual Block Watch Captain, there was no indication that I was “volunteering” beyond my own neighborhood. I only took on a leadership role in my neighborhood (to plan Night Out events, show up with a Potluck dish, and communicate to our neighbors about safety issues when they arose). I inherited the role from a previous Block Watch Captain.

Other neighbors have taken on similar leadership roles, that also do not necessarily make them City volunteers. For example, some neighborhood parents lead children on a “walking school bus” to the nearby elementary school each day. It doesn’t necessarily make them volunteers of Seattle Public Schools, as it may be only their own children and their immediate neighbors/friends that are involved.

I also see similarities for those of us who lead localized emergency preparedness efforts in our neighborhoods. We may be on the City’s list of those who have taken preparedness classes. We may have attended meetings or events that they’ve organized. They may have us on their notification list. Those things do not necessarily mean that we have knowingly and voluntarily “volunteered” with the Office of Emergency Management.

These are just some of my personal thoughts on the Block Watch and Night Out PDR – the discussion at the meeting didn’t touch on all of them, and also included other interesting viewpoints from meeting participants.

Also, there were MANY other interesting points of discussion at our meeting this month – among them, discussion about privacy and transparency as it relates to video/audio from body cams and dashboard cams, as well as the new AlertSeattle system which ties in to Enhanced 9-1-1.

There are so many things to consider that relate to transparency and privacy – especially as technology evolves. This meeting was a great step in learning more about this issue!

You can find coverage of our meeting from the West Seattle Blog here.