Want to learn about public safety issues challenging Northeast Seattle and feel safer in your neighborhood? Connect at this month’s meeting of the NORTH PRECINCT ADVISORY COUNCIL (NPAC).
- WHEN: Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
- WHERE: North Seattle Community College: North 95th St at College Way North. In the College Center Building, Room CC1161, 1st floor (SW corner of campus and SW corner of that building).
NPAC, currently chaired by University Park leader Ruedi Risler, is “a community organization devoted to promoting partnership between residents, schools, businesses, and the Seattle Police Department to effectively address public safety issues.” It is comprised of over 30 neighborhood groups throughout the city’s largest geographic precinct: the North Precinct.
If you have an immediate safety concern, obviously call 9-1-1. If you have concerns or ideas about crime trends, first contact your community policing officer (see list below) or the NPAC rep who serves on your community council. For example, Ravenna-Bryant is ably represented by Inga Manskopf, pictured here with Tony Provine, who co-chairs our Northeast District Council (NEDC) with Gabrielle Gerhard. CLICK HERE for a list of community councils in NE Seattle or contact Tony Provine directly at email@example.com. Although there is NOT an official public comment period at NPAC meetings, it’s a great opportunity to connect before & after with your neighbors volunteering their time to engage our police department for the benefit of our neighborhoods. Connecting could inspire you to join your community council and become its rep on NPAC to address many hot police issues:
_ What can we do to SUPPORT our men and women in uniform AND get more of them? Seattle is making progress on reforms to prevent inappropriate use of force, so now would be a good time to encourage and celebrate our officers.
_ How are officers preventing home and car burglaries in Laurelhurst, Roosevelt, etc and stopping open air drug dealing on The Ave? (The new Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole addressed burglaries at the Dec 2014 meeting of the Laurelhurst Community Club, but not everyone was satisfied — especially with long wait times on 9-1-1 and the non-emergency line 625-5011.)
_ Should NE Seattle have its own Precinct Station? (The North Precinct is the city’s largest. The current single station is west of I-5 and west of North Seattle College. A replacement station is being built even further west — on Highway 99.)
_ What is the status of the $500,000 “deployment” analysis the City Council funded for SPD (see p. 339 of 2014 Adopted Budget)? The analysis is likely to produce 4 conclusions: (1) More officers can/should move from desk jobs or under-utilized special units to the core of the police department: patrol; (2) More officers can/should use data to prevent crime with focused deterrence in areas of concentrated, repeat crime as encouraged by City Council President Tim Burgess; (3) SPD can/should reduce costs by approving overtime only when needed to prevent crime; and (4) Even after we more effectively deploy existing officers, we still need to hire A LOT MORE to have a sufficient number, especially when compared to other cities (Boston). But at least we will have done the prudent thing: take stock of what we have AND improve what we have before we spend significant tax dollars to accelerate the hiring.