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Police, crime, north Seattle, Debora Juarez

April 24th, 2016 · No Comments

After two shootings on Saturday, Seattle Police this weekend announced they are stepping up patrols using overtime and reassigned officers.

But not here.

The announcement, originally posted to Nextdoor, (where it had a mixed response), states:

Chief Kathleen O’Toole has directed the Seattle Police Operations and Investigations Bureaus to accelerate summer staffing deployment levels in an ongoing effort to deter and prevent gun violence. Starting tonight, Seattle residents can expect to see extra police officers in neighborhoods, nightlife districts and hotspots detailed in our SeaStat crime analysis reports.

(Credit to whoever runs SeaStat for this extremely un-Seattleish language.)

However, The Seattle Times has a story specifying the patrols will go  elsewhere.

The areas targeted include central Seattle, Second Avenue and Yesler Way, and South Seattle, Chief Kathleen O’Toole said in an interview Saturday. Both plainclothes and uniformed officers will be deployed in neighborhoods with shooting hot spots.

She noted that each precinct has its unique problems; the North Precinct has endured a rash of property crimes recently.

“We have made a lot of arrests and recovered a lot of property. Now in other neighborhoods, we are concerned about shots fired.”

The map shows property crimes reported to police in Maple Leaf since April 1.

Also in the Times, and speaking of north Seattle:

* Councilwoman Debora Juarez, elected to represent north Seattle, continues her quest for another light rail station at Northeast 130th Street.

I RAN for Seattle City Council because I was tired of North Seattle being ignored in citywide and regional matters….

The Northeast 130th Street station was given a “provisional” designation in the Sound Transit 3 draft plan, with zero guaranteed funding and no targeted completion date. All the ongoing community efforts came to a screeching halt. Once again, North Seattle was ignored.

Her op-ed in the Times is here.

* In today’s paper: “RAVE to Recology CleanScapes and Seattle Public Utilities for providing 50 Little Free Libraries to Lake City, Northgate, Pinehurst, Maple Leaf and Victory Heights as a reward for good recycling.”

Hang on a minute. We’re paying for this?

Yes.

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