Monday, February 29, 2016

NPAC meets Wednesday

North Precinct Advisory Council Meeting
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
7-8:30 p.m.
North Seattle Community College
College Center Building, Room CC1161

Guest speaker: Chief Harold Scoggins, Seattle Fire Department

The full agenda may be viewed here.

NPAC meetings are open to all community members. Please join us!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

NPAC provides community members with information about cleaning up discarded needles

Last Saturday, NPAC's Social Services Committee hosted a training about how to remove needles from public places as safely as possible.

KUOW's Bill Radke interviewed NPAC's Mike Cuadra, the primary organizer of the training: See A Used Heroin Needle? Seattle Residents Learn To Pick Them Up Safely.

Joe Tinsley from the King County Needle Exchange Program provided participants with information on how to pick up and dispose of needles in as safe a manner as possible.

NPAC Executive Board Member Mike Cuadra handed out sharps containers and trash pickers. The University Masonic Lodge donated materials as well as the space for the training.

Community members practiced using trash pickers to gather needles and discard them in sharps containers.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Mayor plans to hire more police officers

During his State of the City 2016 address yesterday, Mayor Ed Murray announced a plan to hire an additional 200 police officers by 2019. In September 2015, the NPAC Executive Board sent a letter to Seattle City Council members asking them to hire more officers than the 25 originally proposed in the city budget. Here is an excerpt:

We are happy to see explicitly stated in the proposed budget, “Greater visibility of police officers in Seattle neighborhoods and downtown is a priority for the Mayor and the chief of police, and as a first step, the department is reallocating resources to put more officers on the streets.” 

However, adding 25 officers in 2016 and phasing in 100 officers over four years is simply not enough to keep up with the needs of our city.  Communities and SPD can only build a strong and trusting relationship when we are able to interact beyond the crisis situations that prompt 911 calls.  The most effective way to have citizens and officers interact is to have officers out in our community. 

Current staffing levels simply don’t allow for enough officers to be in our neighborhoods on foot and bike patrols on a regular basis.  The Community Police Team is doing great work and more CPT Officers would go a long way in continuing to build a positive relationship with Seattleites. Adding officers would increase police presence and decrease crime in our city.  The money spent in adding officers would be saved as crime decreases city wide.

For these reasons the North Precinct Advisory Council advocates for targeting the addition of 150 new officers to the budget for 2016.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Speakers provide NPAC members with overview of response to homelessness in Seattle

Each NPAC meeting starts with guest speakers who provide information related to public safety, law enforcement, or other topic of interest to members. Over the last year, NPAC members have been expressing increasing concerns about homelessness in their communities including long-term parking among people who are living in their motor vehicles. During the February NPAC meeting, guest speakers provided information about the homelessness state of emergency declared by Mayor Murray and King County Executive Constantine and briefly discussed what community members can do to advocate for solutions.

Meeting minutes provide an summary of the information shared by Alison Eisinger from the King County Coalition on Homelessness and Catherine Lester from the Seattle Human Services Department. Later in the week, the City Council Human Services and Public Health Committee was briefed about the state of emergency. The briefing may be viewed online