Concerned about safety in your neighborhood? Want to see more police officers out of their cars and proactively preventing crime? Want to know what happens when you call 9-1-1?
- WHAT: an Assistant Police Chief and our new Captain for the North Precinct will discuss police patrols and 9-1-1
- BONUS: This is also the “Annual Meeting” of the Ravenna-Bryant Community Association.
- WHEN: Tues, May 5, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
- WHERE: Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center at 6535 Ravenna Ave NE.
Public safety officials finally started to crack down on the rampant street disorder / open-air drug-dealing in downtown and to see results from a new strategy called L.E.A.D. that sends low-level offenders to social services instead of jail. For a summary from Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat, CLICK HERE. But what about getting results in our neighborhoods like the U District, Lake City, and other parts of Northeast Seattle?
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).
Questions that might arise at this month’s Meeting to Connect:
_ MORE OFFICERS: What can we do to support our men and women in uniform AND get more of them? And can we hire more police officers from Seattle who are committed to effective policing? 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. Thank a police officer by CLICKING HERE.
_ BURGLARIES: 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.)
_ COMMUNICATING: Can the Police do a better job informing the public when a suspect is on the loose in our neighborhood and also when the suspect is finally apprehended? This is especially important when schools are in a “lock-down” (Moms and Dads all know about the Key Bank robberies on 35th Ave NE, for example.)
_ NORTHEAST SEATTLE: Should NE Seattle have its own Precinct Station? (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. But our North Precinct is the city’s largest.)
_ DEPLOYMENT? What is the status of the $500,000 “deployment” analysis the City Council funded for SPD (see p. 339 of 2014 Adopted Budget)? What is taking so long?
– Community Policing Officers (solving community issues rather than reacting to 911):
- Michael.Lanz@seattle.gov: serves U District, Ravenna, Roosevelt, Maple Leaf.
- Kipp.Strong@seattle.gov: serves Laurelhurst, View Ridge, Magnuson Park, Lake City.
If you want to connect at a more micro-level, here are links to some of our community councils: Ravenna/Bryant, Hawthorne Hills, Laurelhurst, Roosevelt, U-District, View Ridge, Wallingford, Wedgwood, and others. The LCC is among the many community councils that connect to our Northeast District Council (NEDC), chaired by Gabrielle Gerhard and Tony Provine.
In addition, we will soon be able to vote for a neighborhood-based City Councilmember, who will need to understand and be responsive to our neighborhood issues, such as the need for more police officers on the streets.