@ West Seattle Crime Prevention Council: Patroling for prowlers; stabbing-case concerns

Toplines from last night’s West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting: The Southwest Precinct has new bicycle officers who, among other things, are tasked with patroling for car prowlers. That’s still the biggest crime problem in our area, so the precinct is hopeful this is a new way of making a dent in it.

As always, the heart of the meeting was the opportunity for attendees to discuss neighborhood crime/safety concerns. Most of the three dozen or so attendees were there because of concerns related to last Thursday’s stabbing (WSB coverage here) at a house in the 6700 block of 18th SW on Puget Ridge.

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(WSB photo, last Thursday)

The suspect is still at large, confirmed precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis, and the investigation continues. Some attendees who identified themselves as parents and PTA members at nearby Sanislo Elementary wanted to know why the school hadn’t been in lockdown while police were searching that afternoon. Capt. Davis said he and Operations Lt. Ron Smith would see what they could find out about how that decision was made.

Others pointed out that this wasn’t the first trouble at the house in question, reminding police that it had been brought up at a Crime Prevention Council meeting about a year and a half ago. Taking action against “nuisance houses” is not a fast process, Lt. Smith noted, saying the precinct is aware this is a trouble spot. Community Police Team Officer Jon Flores will be out to talk to neighbors, he promised, to figure out what steps can be taken next.

The scheduled guest for the meeting, scheduled to talk about “active shooter” situations, was a no-show. So that made extra time for the community-concerns discussion. Next WSCPC meeting is set for February 21st, 7 pm, at the precinct (2300 SW Webster).

2 Replies to "@ West Seattle Crime Prevention Council: Patroling for prowlers; stabbing-case concerns"

  • Diane January 19, 2017 (1:59 am)

    many of us were there to hear the speaker, the expert on “active shooter situations”; unfortunately we weren’t informed until a full hour into the meeting that the speaker was a no-show; there were several gasps and looks of disappointment in the room; bummer

    • WSB January 19, 2017 (7:31 am)

      That could have been the point at which Richard Miller, who is pretty much the only person left actually trying to make these meetings still happen, had to conclude the guest wasn’t showing. (FWIW, there was a no-show at last night’s Morgan Community Association meeting last night too, a staffer from Councilmember Herbold’s office who was supposed to talk about the homeless situation, and those running the meeting finally gave up waiting around 8:30.)

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