SPD crime-prevention cuts? Latest sign it might really happen

The West Seattle Crime Prevention Council‘s been bringing it up at every meeting for months (as noted in reports such as this one) – the federal grant that currently pays for the civilian position of Crime Prevention Coordinator runs out next year, and that could mean the job will be cut. Benjamin Kinlow is the man who holds it in the Southwest Precinct, and he’s been busier than ever lately, responding to Block Watch organizing requests, and speaking at neighborhood-council meetings (he’s on the agenda for the Alki Community Council July 15th; photo at left shows him at the Admiral Neighborhood Association). Tonight SeattleCrime.com reports on another indication that the handful of jobs like Kinlow’s – he’s even been helping another precinct whose coordinator was cut last year – may be axed: A meeting is reported to have been held this week, at which the coordinators were given a warning their jobs might end, as well as, one is quoted as saying, information on programs such as retirement benefits and COBRA. Read the SeattleCrime.com report here; here’s the CentralDistrictNews.com take on it. And here’s the flyer the West Seattle advocates have been distributing.

6 Replies to "SPD crime-prevention cuts? Latest sign it might really happen"

  • bridge to somewhere June 26, 2010 (7:58 am)

    perhaps this explains why my repeated email to set up a block watch in roxhill have gone unanswered . . .

  • westseattledood June 26, 2010 (12:01 pm)

    Bridge – if you haven’t thought about it or done it yet, maybe writing letters per the linked flyer describing your attempts will be useful input.

    You are not the only person trying to be proactive and organize but is being stymied by this. The volunteers of the West Seattle Blockwatch Captains’ Network want to rally WS street by street, but this is certainly not helping anybody on either side of the equation. Well, except perhaps, the opportunistic bad guys.

    A challenging situation to say the least. But it is terrific you’ve stepped up and are trying.

  • bridge to somewhere June 26, 2010 (8:35 pm)

    thanks for the tip Dood!

  • wyndow June 27, 2010 (1:52 pm)

    Bridge – I’ve also sent emails about setting up a block watch in Roxhill area. Would love to know if anything gets started. I’m near the EC Hughes playfield. Where would I find info on the next West Seattle Blockwatch Captain meeting?

  • Silly Goose June 27, 2010 (2:33 pm)

    What a shame for a much needed position to help the citizens of Seattle! I say fire the lying cheating Ferry Workers for all the thousands of dollars stolen on fraudeulant over time and allocate this budget with that funding, after they are throwm in jail for stealing from the State!!;)

  • homedk July 4, 2010 (9:39 am)

    Wyndow – the next meeting of the WS Blockwatch Captains will be announced on our Facebook group page (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=337488370959) and at http://wsblockwatchnet.wordpress.com; we’ll also send details to WSB.

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