Friday, July 29, 2016

Safe & Healthy Communities Forum discusses law enforcement, homlessness, and addiction

Councilmember Mike O'Brien hosted a Safe & Healthy Communities Public Forum on July 27. The forum may be viewed on the Seattle Channel.

The program started with Seattle Police Assistant Chief Steve Wilske talking about community policing, a model that enables police officers and community members to know each other, allowing police to address specific concerns of neighbors. The SPD Community Police Team (CPT) currently spends the majority of their time working with the homeless population. Chief Wiske noted that while some homelessness is due to economic reasons it's SPD's experience that more often homelessness in Seattle is related to addiction.

With that in mind, the primary goal of SPD officers is to help people dealing with addiction to get the help they need. They have developed relationships with services in the community so they can connect people to them. He stated that SPD has "zero interest in criminalizing homelessness." He noted that 254 people are living in RVs in the north end.

Assistant Chief Wiske also shared that property crime has increased citywide with the largest increases in NE and SW Seattle. When people are arrested by police for property crimes, officers often find that they are drug addicted. Therefore, drug-related services are essential. At the same time, he noted that while we need to address underlying issues like drug addiction, there is still a need to enforce the law around property crimes.

Lisa Dugaard, Director of the Public Defenders Association, spoke about how law enforcement and justice system response to public health-related issues like drug addiction do not fix the problem. She spoke about recent conversations to bridge the real or perceived gap between law enforcement and public health responses and about innovative programs including:
  • LEAD - Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program that connects people who engage in low level drug-related crimes with community-based interventions instead of jail when appropriate.
  • Crisis response app development - SPD recently was awarded a grant to develop an app that makes crisis response plans for people in crisis immediately available to police.
  • Safe consumption sites for people who will use drugs in public no matter what. The sites allow people who are using drugs in public to do so in a supervised place so that they can connect with other services.
These are just a few strategies for increasing public safety in neighborhoods that aren't necessarily traditionally considered law enforcement approaches.

Alison Eisinger, Executive Director for Seattle King County Coalition on Homelessness, wrapped up the speaker portion of the meeting talking about homelessness in Seattle.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Join a micro-community policing focus group in your neighborhood this summer


This summer, the new North Precinct micro-community policing research assistant, Jessica Chandler, will be conducting focus groups. She is interested in talking to all the micro-communities in the North Precinct area about knowledge of the Micro-Community Policing Plan, interactions with the Seattle Police Department, crime and safety concerns and suggested improvements for each of our unique neighborhoods. The focus groups are semi-structured and typically last one hour. The groups are open to anyone living or working in the specific neighborhoods.

Don’t know to which community you belong? The following website has an MCPP locator map, where you can see the boundaries for the micro-communities throughout the North Precinct:
http://www.seattle.gov/seattle-police-department/mcpp/mcpp-location-map


Here is a list of the focus groups Jessica has scheduled, including what community it is focusing on and when/where the focus group is being held: 


- Bitterlake: Thursday July 28th 6:00pm-7:00pm at the Broadview Public Library Branch (12755 Greenwood Ave. N.)


 - Greenwood: Monday August 1st 6:00pm-7:00pm at the Greenwood Public Library Branch (8016 Greenwood Ave. N.)


 - Phinney Ridge: Thursday August 4th 6:00pm-7:00pm at the Phinney Neighborhood Association-Blue building, room 6 (6532 Phinney Ave. N.)


 - Fremont: Monday August 8th 6:00pm-7:00pm at the Fremont Public Library Branch (731 N. 35th St.)


 - Roosevelt/Ravenna: Tuesday August 9th 6:00pm-7:00pm at the Green Lake Public Library Branch (7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N.)


 - Lake City: Wednesday August 10th 6:00pm-7:00pm at the Lake City Library Branch (12501 28th Ave. N.E.)          
                                  

 - Northgate: Thursday August 11th 6:00pm-7:00pm at the Northgate Public Library Branch (10548 5th Ave. N.E.)    
                             

 - South Ballard: Monday August 15th 6:00pm-7:00pm at the Ballard Public Library Branch (5614 22nd Ave. N.W.)


 - Wallingford: Tuesday August 16th 6:00pm-7:00pm at the Wallingford Community Senior Center’s multi-purpose room (4649 Sunnyside Ave N, #410)


- North Ballard: Thursday August 18th 6:00pm-7:00pm at the Ballard Public Library Branch (5614 22nd Ave. N.W.)


 - Sandpoint: Monday August 22nd 6:00pm-7:00pm at the Northeast Branch (6801 35th Ave. N.E)


 - University District: Tuesday August 23rd 6:00pm-7:00pm at the University Public Library Branch (5009 Roosevelt Way N.E.)


Need more information? Contact Jessica at Jessica.Chandler@seattle.gov. For more information on the Micro-Community Policing Plan visit: http://www.seattle.gov/seattle-police-department/mcpp

Friday, July 1, 2016

NPAC meets July 6

North Precinct Advisory Council Meeting
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
7-8:30 p.m.
North Seattle College
Room CC1161, College Center Building

Guest speaker: Eliott Helmbrecht, Move Seattle Levy Outreach & Accountability Manager at the Seattle Department of Transportation, who will talk about safety-related projects funded by the levy.

NPAC meetings are open to the public. All are welcome!

NPAC does not meet in August.