It appears the city is still planning to cut its Crime Prevention Coordinator positions next year, and is apparently preparing to farm out some of their duties to police officers and neighbors.
As we’ve previously written, the CPCs at each of the five precincts work with neighbors to secure their homes using CPTED, and also help organize block watches and the yearly Night Out, among other things. However, due to budget issues, the CPCs will likely be out of a job next year.
Last night, the city held a meeting at City Hall to give neighbors a 101 course on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). But we’ve also learned that this week, police officers from each of the precincts are also being trained in CPTED, presumably so they can take over for the CPCs when they’re given the boot. Read more.
South Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Solomon was voted Best Police Officer in the 2008 Best of SE Seattle Reader’s Choice Poll, despite not being a sworn officer. Photo/do communications
- Crime Prevention Coordinators on SPD’s Chopping Block (6/28/10)
- Block Watch & Beyond: SPD to Host Community Safety Forums in Mt. Baker, Rainier Beach, Beacon Hill (6/23/10)
- Register your block for Night Out Against Crime 2010 (5/27/10)
- Rainier Chamber President’s Lunch Report #3: Mark Solomon Honored as Officer of the Quarter (6/25/09)