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January 16, 3:03 PM click here to comment > 0

An update on Safe Communities

The Seattle Police Department and the Mayor’s Office launched the Safe Communities Initiative on August 7th during National Night Out. Part of the SPD 20/20 Plan, Safe Communities is a sustained community outreach that seeks to ensure the City is meeting our goal of reducing crime and creating the safest possible neighborhoods. Safe Communities brings residents, police officers and City departments together in living rooms, cafes, barber shops and community centers across Seattle to tell the City and SPD about specific things their communities need to improve safety, and determine which priorities should come first. Those priorities will then guide the actions the City, SPD, and the neighborhoods will take together to protect public safety.

Southwest Precinct Safe Communities meeting

In September through early November, we held five large precinct based discussions as part of the first phase of Safe Communities. A total of between 500-800 people attended the five precinct based conversations and the information from the meetings is available here. We want to thank everyone that spent their time and energy engaging in conversations about these important topics.

Directly after the large community meetings ended, the Mayor’s Office and the Seattle Police Department began Phase II of Safe Communities, where we bring together small group conversations across Seattle. The Mayor’s Office, the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, the Seattle Police Department and additional contract facilitators reached out to 100 organizations and individuals and have held 54 meetings to date. We anticipate another twenty before the end of January.

  • Participation in the small group meetings varies in size from 5-15 individuals.
  • Phase II will wrap up at the end of January.
  • We are currently working with graduate students from Seattle University to compile a report of Phase I and Phase II to present to the public and prepare the delegates to attend the Phase III summit meetings.
  • During Phase III, delegates will attend summit meetings in each of the five precincts to review the input from the first two rounds of discussion to define top  priorities and recommend action steps for the Mayor and the Seattle Police Department.

We look forward to working with all the delegates at each summit meeting and appreciate your volunteer commitment to creating safer communities in Seattle.

Posted by: Fae Brooks