The Community Outreach Section works toward building relationships and safer communities, providing information and addressing concerns as best as we can together – while making personal contacts and connections with neighborhood residents, community groups and businesses with programs and services such as:
Literally, a “living room conversation” that brings together a small number of precinct officers and neighborhood residents for an opportunity to meet one-on-one with each other and have an informal and open dialogue about public safety in one’s home.
Councils include members of the African American, East African, Korean, Southeast Asian, Filipino, Latino, Native American, Muslim, Sikh, Arab, and LGBTQ communities. They meet to discuss concerns, recommendations and perspectives from their communities, as well as provide feedback on policies and practices to develop better lines of communication with Seattle Police.
Officers participate in numerous opportunities to continually build their connection with young people with programs and services like Role Reversals, Youth Dialogues/Forums, Seattle Police Explorers, and Seattle Youth Violence Prevention. Senior commanders also serve on the Mayor’s Youth Commission to meet with young leaders and discuss police programs and policies.
Training opportunities are held for members of the community to learn first-hand about the role of officers and the operations of the department through a 10-week and/or 1-day Community Police Academy. Another training opportunity is the Perspectives on Profiling that focuses on racial concerns and perspectives.