Public Safety

The Alliance for Pioneer Square is working diligently to support the Pioneer Square community through the COVID-19 virus outbreak. This update is part of a series of bi-weekly messages outlining public safety reporting guidance and resources available to the community, including how to report public safety incidences, who to report incidences to, and city-wide resources.

City of Seattle Kicks Off Clean City Initiative to Address Illegal Dumping and Excess Litter Across Our City and in Parks

Mayor Jenny Durkan’s Clean City Initiative is ramping up, investing more than $3 million in new funding to surge new and existing programs to clean up litter, remove graffiti, and address a backlog of deferred grounds maintenance across the city. Data from Seattle Public Utilities’ Illegal Dumping program shows a 195% increase in the volume of material collected from Quarter 2 to Quarter 3 of 2020. 

The Clean City Initiative will invest $350,000 in support of litter and graffiti abatement within business districts located in neighborhoods at high risk of displacement. The Office of Economic Development (OED), with support from SPU, will work closely with business districts to identify and implement clean services where needed. OED plans to partner with Uplift Northwest, a nonprofit agency that supports employment programs and job opportunities for community members formerly or currently experiencing homelessness, to provide these clean services. For more information, click here.

To follow along with these efforts visit seattle.gov/clean-city. To report illegal dumping, graffiti, or maintenance needs please use the Find It, Fix It app.  


De-Escalation Training with Metropolitan Improvement District

The Metropolitan Improvement District (MID) and Seattle Police Department (SPD) will host a de-escalation training in February for staff and member organizations of the Alliance for Pioneer Square. 

The MID/SPD’s de-escalation training will be held on Tuesday February 16th from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. The MID/SPD de-escalation training is an in-depth training program that teaches you how to recognize, reduce and manage aggressive behavior. Over the course of the presentation you will learn effective and compassionate methods of handling anxious or aggressive people, as well as increase confidence and introduce skills that can be used during threatening situations.

Please note:

  • Class size will be limited to a maximum of 10 participants to ensure a meaningful experience for all participants. Registration will be first come, first served. Registration is available to those affiliated with a Pioneer Square Business.
  • Due to limited class size, participation will be limited to one person from any business.
  • Once we reach the maximum number of participants, we will maintain a waitlist and notify you if a space becomes available.

JustCARE Program Update

For the past several weeks, JustCARE has been working with individuals living at 2nd Avenue Extension, 4th and Yesler, and City Hall Park. The team was able to coordinate with SDOT and Alexandria Real Estate to ensure that as many people as possible living at 2nd Avenue Extension were outreached, screened and placed into JustCARE hotel based lodging before notices and fencing were placed and that it was placed in a timely manner. There were 22 individuals placed from 2nd Avenue Extension and S. Main St. The team has also been working with individuals living in City Hall Park and 4th and Yesler and has placed 31 individuals from these locations. Since JustCARE efforts began in October, 193 individuals have been screened and 119 have been placed into hotel rooms with supportive services. Out of the 193 screenings there are still 32 individuals who are eligible for placement and who are still being outreached. The JustCARE team has also been coordinating the cleanup of unwanted debris as needed.

JustCARE is a multi-agency and multi-provider approach to respond to individuals living outside in both Pioneer Square and the Chinatown/International District area through January 2021, and respond to repeated neighborhood calls for attention to public order issues without resorting to traditional enforcement. The King County Council included this effort in a CARES Act budget in July 2020, and the Department of Community & Human Services Behavioral Health & Recovery Division oversees the primary contract with the Public Defender Association (PDA), which will hold overall project management responsibility. King County executed a contract with PDA this October after extensive vetting to ensure these activities qualify for CARES reimbursement.

How to Report

  • 9-1-1 for both emergency and non-emergency reporting. 9-1-1 data informs police resource allocation and helps the Alliance for Pioneer Square better understand the public safety situation in our neighborhood.
  • If police need to be aware of on-going drug activity but doesn’t require immediate response can be reported online as a Narcotics Activity Report or by calling 206-684-5797.
  • The “Find It, Fix It” app allows users to report selected issues to the City of Seattle, including abandoned vehicles, clogged storm drains, graffiti and illegal dumping. Once downloaded, report an issue in the app by submitting a photo with detailed information and using the map’s “drag and drop” feature to pinpoint the location. For more information and a full list of service request categories, visit the city’s customer service bureau website.

Who to Report to

  • 2-1-1: an easy-to-remember phone number for people to call for health and human service information and referrals and other assistance to meet their needs.
  • The Metropolitan Improvement District (MID) funded Clean Team is currently providing cleaning services limited to :
  • Trash removal from sidewalks, alleys and curb edges
  • Quick-response animal and human waste cleanup
  • Syringe removal
  • Alley cleaning

As of Monday, September 21st, ambassador hours of operation will be as follows:

  • Clean Team: Monday-Friday, 6 a.m-7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday and 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Safety Team: Monday-Wednesday, 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Parks & Public Spaces Team: Sunday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Outreach Team: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

You can request service via phone at 206-441-3303 or submit a request online. If you see damage to private property or public infrastructure, report it using this form in addition to contacting SPD. You can leave a detailed message after hours or dial 911 in case of an emergency.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Resources

  • Vacant Properties: The City of Seattle has regulations and standards for maintaining vacant properties. These standards focus on keeping buildings closed to unauthorized entry and maintaining the structure and yard areas to prevent the accumulation of waste and deterioration of the building. Click here for more information.
  • Crime Prevention Coordinator: Crime Prevention Coordinators are experts in crime prevention techniques. You can talk to them about ongoing crime problems in your neighborhood, getting involved in Block Watch, CPTED Assessments and setting up a meeting to train you and your neighbors on crime prevention tips. Email Barb Biondo at barbara.biondo@seattle.gov or call (206) 233-0015.