Sunday, January 31, 2016

NPAC meets Wednesday

North Precinct Advisory Council Meeting
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
7-8:30 p.m.
North Seattle Community College
Room CC1161, College Center Building

Guest speakers: Catherine Lester from the City of Seattle Human Services Department and Alison Eisinger from the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness who will talk about the homelessness state of emergency and what communities can do to advocate for the reduction of homelessness. Mayor Murray recently gave a speech about homelessness and it may be read here.

All NPAC meetings are open to the public.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

February 20: Learn how to safely clean up discarded syringes in public places


North Precinct Advisory Council
Social Services Committee

invites community members to a free training

How to Safely Remove Used Syringes from a Public Area

Saturday, February 20
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
University Masonic Lodge
4338 University Way NE

 
A representative from Seattle-King County Public Health's needle exchange program will talk about the risks, proper handling, and disposal of used needles. A limited number of sharps containers and garbage pickers will be available for participants. For more information and to RSVP, contact NPAC Social Services Committee volunteer Michael Cuadra.

Why: Methamphetamine (meth) and heroin are the most common drugs confiscated by police during north Seattle drug enforcement activities and are the most common reason people in King County call the Recovery Help Line. Heroin and meth-related deaths in King County have risen sharply since 2013 as have heroin-related admissions to substance abuse treatment programs.[1] One way this increase in heroin and meth abuse and addiction is showing up in our communities is as an increase in used and discarded needles in public places.  

This free training will provide community members who regularly see discarded needles in public places with the information they need to safely dispose of them. While certainly not a solution for preventing and reducing drug abuse, the training can provide neighbors with information needed to keep public areas clean and safe. Other resources: 

Needles in parks: Call the Seattle Parks Department Maintenance Request Line: 206-684-7250.

Needles on other city-owned land/facilities: During regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., call the SPU Illegal Dumping Hotline: 206-684-7587.

[1] More information at the University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute: http://adai.uw.edu/pubs/

Monday, January 25, 2016

Community Police Academy accepting applications


The Seattle Police Department is now accepting applications for the 2016 Spring SPD Community Police Academy (CPA).  The Academy will start on Thursday, March 17th and will meet once a week for eleven consecutive Thursday evenings, 5:30 – 9:30 pm, ending on Thursday, May 26th.   Participation is free.  

The Community Police Academy is an eleven-week program designed to educate community members about the operations of the Seattle Police Department, while also giving the Department an opportunity to obtain valuable feedback from the community. The purpose of the Community Police Academy is to increase understanding between the Seattle Police Department and the community members of Seattle through education and interaction.

Community participants will become familiar with various facets of the Seattle Police Department and gain insight into law enforcement's role in the criminal justice system and the daily work of police employees. With increased understanding, Seattle's community and police can work together and achieve realistic solutions to neighborhood problems relating to crime, fear of crime, and neighborhood decay. It is hoped that increasing community awareness will respond to some of the myths and images of law enforcement and provide a realistic view of police procedures.

If you are interested in applying, please visit: http://www.cityofseattle.net/police/programs/policeacademy/default.htm   When filling out the application please include a copy of your Driver’s License.  Space is limited and applications are processed on a first come, first serve basis.  The application deadline is Friday, February 5, 2016.  If you have any questions, please contact Maggie Olsen at (206) 684-8672 or by e-mail margaret.olsen@seattle.gov