The Summer of Safety Initiative is the City’s coordinated approach to public safety that mobilizes resources to change our built environment, activates our streets and provides jobs for our youth and young adults.
This conversation extends beyond the Seattle city limits and Mayor Ed Murray will work with other cities, the county and the state to address larger problems that affect public safety that cannot be solved by our city alone, including poverty and homelessness, mental illness and gun violence.
A COMPACT FOR A SAFE SEATTLE
Public safety is something achieved when government and the community come together with a collective effort. The Safe Seattle Compact means committing as individuals to doing your part in that effort for the collective good.
While police officers have a specific job to do in keeping our city and neighbors safe, we can all have an impact by supporting a Compact for a Safe Seattle.
Recently, conversations about public safety have focused on issues within the Seattle Police Department, which is under a federal court order. Mayor Murray has been clear – police reform is underway, and it will continue under Chief O’Toole.
Seattle will become a model for urban policing in the nation through improved training and technology, as well as stronger relationships between officers and the communities they serve.
Clear concentrations of crime exist in our city. Overall, crime in Seattle has fallen in recent years, but has risen in some locations.
To address these hot-spots, Mayor Murray will be holding a series of “Find-it, Fix-it” walking tourswith residents, community leaders, and police. This part of the Summer of Safety Initiative aims to bring focused attention to the spots that need it most. The City of Seattle offers the Find It, Fix It smartphone app that enables Seattle residents to report safety and nuisance issues throughout the city.
ACTIVATION AND SERVICES
In order to prevent crime, we must provide opportunities for youth and community members to enjoy their streets and public spaces citywide.
We will be extending library and community center hours, as well as building on the extraordinary work of the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. Providing safe places and enriching activities for residents are important steps in bringing more “eyes on the street” to discourage and report illegal activities.
- Playground Program
- Rainier Beach Community Center
- Jefferson Community Center
- Summer Art in the Park
- Wading Pools and Spray Parks
JOBS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Employment rates have fallen in recent years for teens, and summer jobs are an important part of addressing socioeconomic barriers and causes of crime. This year, through a partnership with private companies and community non-profits, we will be increasing summer youth opportunities by 50 percent.
The City of Seattle currently runs a number of summer programs providing youth with private sector internships or jobs in our own departments. This expansion through the Summer of Safety Initiative will continue into 2015, as we aim to double the number of opportunities for youth in summer by then.
- Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative
- Seattle Youth Employment and Education Program
- Work Readiness Arts Program
- Youth Engaged in Services
- Meet your Crime Prevention Coordinator
- Meet your Neighborhood District Coordinator
- Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative
- National Night Out
- Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
- Start a Block Watch
- Go on a Ride-Along
- Summer Food Service Program
- SNAP Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare
- Get free trees
- Report street light outage
- Report graffiti or call 206-684-7587
- Report overgrown vegetation
- Report illegal dumping
- Report abandon vehicle
- South Seattle Crime Prevention Council
- Southeast District Council
- Advisory Councils
- Traffic Circle Stewards
- Become a Tree Ambassador
- Summer Paint Out: Paint out graffiti this July and August. Seattle Public Utilities is creating a new summer tradition – Summer Paint Out. Whether you are a group or an individual, you can tackle graffiti in your neighborhood. Sign-up for Summer Paint Out.
FIND IT, FIX IT COMMUNITY WALKS
The City of Seattle is engaging residents in Find It, Fix It Community Safety Walks to help identify safety issues present in the built environment of Seattle’s neighborhoods.
These walks begin at 7 p.m. on the dates below, unless otherwise noted. If you are interested in participating, please let us know.
To learn more about these walks and what actions the City of Seattle has taken since the walks began, please visit our Find It, Fix It Community Walks page.
- July 2: 23rd Ave. S. and S. Jackson Map
- July 8: Orcas and MLK Map
- July 22: Sound Transit tour, between Rainier Beach and Othello Stations Map
- July 29: Rainier Ave. and Genesee Map
- August 12: Rainier Beach Map
- August 25: Lake City (begins at NE 125th & 30th Ave NE – Lake City Mini Park) Map
- September 11 at 6 p.m.: Chinatown/International District (begins at Hing Hay Park – 423 Maynard Ave S.)
- September 17 at 6:30 p.m.: Capitol Hill (begins at Cal Anderson Park shelterhouse)
FIND IT, FIX IT MOBILE APP
The City of Seattle offers the Find It, Fix It smartphone app that enables Seattle residents to report safety and nuisance issues with ease throughout the city.
Currently, the app offers the following service requests:
- Abandoned Vehicles: report vehicles parked in a public right-of-way for more than three days.
- Graffiti: report graffiti, including what it is on — parking meter, utility pole or building — so it gets automatically routed to the appropriate department for response.
- Illegal Dumping: report illegal dumping — junk, garbage or debris — on public property, including roadsides, open streets and paved alleys.
- Pothole: report a pothole.
- Parking Enforcement: make an inquiry regarding a parking concern.
- Streetlight Report: report a streetlight outage or damaged streetlight.
- Other Inquiries: this miscellaneous category is for making a request not listed above, which will be processed by the City’s Customer Service Bureau.