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)

Reminder: share your thoughts on micro-community policing!

As we mentioned earlier, you’re invited to a special focus group for Block Watch captains, tomorrow (Tuesday, July 28th) from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. It will be held in the same room where we hold the monthly West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network meetings at the SW Police Precinct.

Jennifer Burbridge, a Seattle University grad student who is working with the SW Police Precinct on assignment, is conducting a series of these focus groups throughout West Seattle about the micro-community policing plans.

If you can’t make the meeting tomorrow, Jennifer has also scheduled the following additional neighborhood-specific meetings. You are welcome to attend any of these sessions instead.

  • Thursday, July 30th: Westwood/Arbor Heights/Roxhill Communities, 6:30-7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, August 5th: Pigeon Point Community, 6:30-7:30 PM
  • Thursday, August 6th: High Point/Alaska Junction Communities, 6-7 PM
  • Tuesday, August 11th: Morgan Junction Community, 7-8 PM
  • Wednesday, August 12th: Delridge Community, 6-7 PM

All of the focus groups will be held in the same location, in the community meeting room at the SW Police Precinct, 2300 SW Webster Street (next to the Home Depot on Delridge).

Your thoughts on the micro-community policing plans?

You’re invited to participate in a focus group about the micro-community policing plans!

At our June meeting, Jennifer Burbridge announced that she wants to conduct a focus group with West Seattle Block Watch Captains on this topic. Following is some additional information that she provided.

Hello everyone! My name is Jennifer Burbridge and I am a Seattle University Graduate Research Assistant, stationed at the South West Precinct of the Seattle Police Department. Part of what I am tasked to do as a graduate research assistant with Seattle University is hold focus groups with different community groups. These focus groups would center around the group’s perception of the micro-community policing plans for their areas, their general thoughts on crime in their communities and their feelings about how well the police are addressing their concerns. The goal for these focus groups is to have around 10-15 people present and hold a productive discussion for about 1 hour. On Tuesday July 28th, I will be holding a focus group with the Block Watch Captains of West Seattle from 6:30-7:30 pm in the South West Precinct community meeting room! This is an opportunity to have your voice heard and to have a great conversation about whats going on in your communities! I hope to see you there!

As, noted, the focus group will be held in the community meeting room (same room where we hold the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network meetings) at the SW Police Precinct, 2300 SW Webster Street (next to Home Depot).

FYI, you can find the micro-community policing plans at www.seattle.gov/police/mcpp/.

Added, 7/16/15: If you can’t make the meeting on July 28th, note that Jennifer has now scheduled additional neighborhood-specific meetings; here are more details. Also, wanted to mention that you need not be a BW Captain to attend the meeting on the 28th. As with our monthly meetings, everyone who is interested in BW is welcome.