The Alliance for Pioneer Square is working diligently to support the Pioneer Square community through the COVID-19 virus outbreak, 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.
Alliance for Pioneer Square and Neighborhoods Respond to Seattle Police Department Budget Proposed by Seattle City Council
The Seattle City Council is in the midst of rebalancing the 2020 budget to account for a $300 million shortfall due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to national calls placed on defunding police departments, Council is entertaining potential cuts of up to 50% of the Seattle Police Department (SPD) Budget, while investing money into other types of support services. Council is in early discussions pertaining to any cuts to SPD’s budget. The Alliance, along with other BIAs in the city, is calling for a robust and meaningful engagement process to determine the best path forward. You may read our letter to Council regarding cuts to the SPD budget here. Council Select Budget Committee will discuss the rebalancing the 2020 budget as it pertains to SPD on Wednesday, July 29th at 10am and 2pm. You may find the meeting agenda for next Wednesday’s meeting here when it becomes available. Community members are encouraged to submit written comments prior to the meeting start, or sign up for verbal comments after 8a on the 29thhere.
How to Report
- Always call 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
- The Metropolitan Improvement District (MID) funded Clean Team is currently providing cleaning services Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m, limited to :
- Trash removal from sidewalks, alleys and curb edges
- Quick-response animal and human waste cleanup
- Syringe removal
- Alley cleaning
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.
- Community Police Team: Community Policing is tailored to meet the individual needs of each community, with a unique approach owned by the community. The plans take a three prong approach that brings community engagement, crime data and police services together to get direct feedback on perceptions of crime and public safety. Community Police Team Officers focus on long-term and chronic problems in specific neighborhoods – problems that are often outside the bounds of regular patrol work. It is their job to understand the ongoing problems and concerns of neighbors and businesses. Find your Community Police neighborhood here or call 206-684-8996.
- 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.
- 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
- SPD West Precinct Public Safety contacts: comprehensive list of SPD public safety contacts in the west precinct
- Non-police public safetey numbers: comprehensive list of non-police public safety contacts
- Block Watch is a program based on the principle that neighbors working together are the first and best line of defense against crime. The program organizes and provides a block map and contact list with neighbors’ names, telephone numbers and emails that can be used in case of an emergency, requiring:
- A commitment to be concerned about your neighbor’s property and well-being as well as your own.
- A commitment to report suspicious activity and take action by alerting your neighbors and calling 9-1-1.
Contact your Crime Prevention Coordinator and learn how to get a Block Watch started in your neighborhood here.
- 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 Assessmentsand setting up a meeting to train you and your neighbors on crime prevention tips. Email Barb Biondo at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 233-0015.