UPDATE (Thursday, October 11): Seattle Channel recorded last night’s opening remarks by Seattle Police Chief John Diaz and Mayor Mike McGinn:
As a part of the Seattle Police Department’s 20/20 Plan — the package of reform initiatives for the SPD crafted in response to the Department of Justice Investigation which concluded that “police accountability in Seattle was ‘broken'” — the department has scheduled a event for residents of each precinct to share their safety concerns with officers.
The North Precinct event is tonight, Wednesday, October 10, from 7-9 PM. The event is being held at neighboring North Seattle Community College (9600 College Way North).
The description of the Safe Communities outreach initiative, from its homepage:
Public safety is a high priority for the people of Seattle. The Seattle Police Department is addressing the recent wave of violence with emphasis patrols and other actions specific to each precinct. But it will take more than law enforcement alone to build communities that are safe. It’s time to look at the roots of violence and address longstanding neighborhood concerns. That’s why the Mayor’s Office and the Seattle Police Department are working together on the Safe Communities Outreach Mission. Part of the SPD 20/20 Plan, Safe Communities seeks to ensure the City is meeting our goal of reducing crime and creating the safest possible neighborhoods. We will do that by bringing residents and officers together in living rooms, cafes, barber shops and community centers across Seattle to develop a list of priorities to address community concerns. Those priorities will then guide the actions the City, SPD, and the neighborhoods will take together to protect public safety. We are committed to building safe communities. We’re looking forward to hearing your ideas and developing an action plan with you.
If you cannot make tonight’s meeting, you may enter your information and describe your safety concerns using this form.
And you can download a chart describing the Safe Communities portion of the 20/20 Initiative here (175 KB PDF).