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.

Council Member Lewis Introduces Legislation for a New City Approach to Encampment Outreach.

On October 19th, Councilmember Andrew Lewis announced that an agreement had been reached between the Mayor’s Office, the City Council, and homeless outreach providers on a first step toward replacing the disbanded Navigation Team with a new model for how the city will deal with homeless encampments. The compromise announced today includes the Council funding a new “Unsheltered Outreach and Response Team” with HSD to take on that coordination role and distribute $2.9 million that the Council appropriated for expanding homeless outreach services as part of the City’s 2020 budget rebalancing process. The Unsheltered Outreach and Response Team will consist of 8 FTE’s, with a staffing budget of $250,000 through the end of 2020. Concurrently, Lewis introduced a bill that would officially authorize the funding and staffing of the new Unsheltered Outreach and Response Team, which will be approved or not approved on October 26th. Read Councilmember Lewis’ announcement regarding his introduced legislation for a new city approach to encampment outreach here.

Take Seattle University’s Sixth Annual Citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey Through Nov. 30

Seattle University is administering the 6th annual citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey, which is accessible at publicsafetysurvey.org from October 15th through November 30th and is available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya and Vietnamese. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to help them better understand your neighborhood’s safety and security concerns. More information on the Seattle Public Safety Survey can be found here.

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.