Each month the North Precinct Advisory Council meets for discussions on issues of concern to north Seattle residents. At the most recent meeting, November 2, 2016, the topic of discussion was the idea of splitting the precinct into two regions, east and west of the freeway.
The Interstate 5 Freeway creates a barrier to east-west travel in north Seattle. While the issue of what building the police department would operate out of has not been settled, they still could divide into two halves for better oversight of areas. At the North Precinct Advisory Council meeting on November 2nd, discussion was held on the possibility of dividing police patrols into two precinct areas.
The precinct west of the freeway would be called the Northwest Precinct and would be commanded by Captain Sean O’Donnell. This region would have 60% of the population of Seattle including neighborhoods such as Ballard, Fremont, Greenwood, Phinney Ridge, Aurora and Broadview. The other half, a North Precinct east of I-5, would have 40% of the north Seattle population including the University District, Ravenna, Laurelhurst, Sand Point, Wedgwood, Maple Leaf and Lake City.
Although there is no firm date for the possible division into two north Seattle precincts, police officers feel very favorable about the change because it would give better coverage and closer alliance with communities.
If this change was effected, both precincts would operate out of the current precinct building which is near North Seattle Community College. Additional space is being sought in a building across the street.
A plan for a new North Precinct building at the corner of 130th & Aurora was vociferously opposed by a segment of people in Seattle. At this time the plan is on hold pending review. A location for a new North Precinct building east of I-5 is being considered, with preferred locations in Lake City or the University District. The public is asked to suggest possible locations of available sites.
At the North Precinct Advisory Council on November 2nd, an update on crime statistics was given by Captain Sean O’Donnell and Lt. Greg Sackman.
For the Year to Date (YTD) while person crimes are only 2% up year-to-date from last year, property crimes are up a lot more. Non-residential burglary is up 23% YTD, car prowls are up 21% YTD, car theft up 6% YTD.
A coalition of Major Crimes Taskforce, UW Police, and Dept of Corrections is focusing on areas that crime data show have a high density of crimes. Continued use of a license plate reading gizmo helps track stolen cars. Bike thefts are especially prevalent at the University of Washington. It is important to write down the serial number of your bike in case it gets stolen, and then you can report the theft.
The mobile precinct truck is a great resource. Out in the community, people can stop by and talk to police. It can be moved to high crime areas to be a deterrent, or be set up during an emergent incident to be a command center. If you would like it in your area, contact Lt. Sackman at email@example.com.