Working for a safe, affordable, vibrant, innovative, and interconnected city.
Learn More
Seattle.gov Home Page
Seattle.gov This Department
Follow UsTwitterFacebookFlickrpodcastCouncil Connections blogRSS feeds
Seattle City Council Home Page

Visit Individual
Councilmember Pages

Seattle City Council
   Home    Contact Us Council Calendar News & Updates Committees & Agendas Current Issues Council Live Research City Laws  About Us 
Council Blogs
& Social Media Links
Meeting Agenda Archive
Meeting Video Archive
 

Current Issues
Past Issues
Audit Committee
OPA Review Board (OPARB)
Boards, Panels & Commissions
Seattle Transportation Benefit District
Customer Service Bureau
 

About Us/
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact Us
Visiting City Hall
Access to City Hall for Individuals with Disabilities
 

Full Council Action Summary
Work Program
2012 Action Plan
2011 Annual Report
Council Visitors'
Sign in Sheets
Legislative Records
 

LIVE! Council Meetings
Seattle Channel
City Inside/Out
Audio Podcast

Council News Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   
6/6/2006  4:20:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Lisa Herbold (206) 684-8803
Ann Corbitt (206) 684-8808


COUNCIL COMMITTEE APPROVES NEW PUBLIC SAFETY PILOT PROJECT
Licata and Rasmussens pilot project targets crime in key neighborhood 'hot spots'

SEATTLE A pilot program connecting law enforcement with human services in three Seattle neighborhoods was passed to Full Council today by the Public Safety Committee. Proposed by Council President Nick Licata and Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, the program targets three hotspots for quality of life crimes; Miller Park; Downtown; and Rainier Beach. If the City Council approves the legislation next Monday at its 2:00 p.m. meeting, $240,000 will immediately go to the Miller Park and Rainier Beach pilot programs and $120,000 will be reserved for the Downtown pilot later this summer. This funding will support an approach that deals with the underlying cause of criminal behavior as well as the behavior itself, said Council President Nick Licata.

The goal of these pilot programs is to connect offenders with services that address the root causes of offending behavior when its clear that simply arresting offenders will not solve the problem. Outreach workers will provide access to case management, diagnosis, treatment and services to address such issues as mental illness, addiction, homelessness and unemployment.

I have heard from the people of these neighborhoods many times who told me they were seeing the same offenders on the same streets continually creating an unsafe environment in their community, said Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, chair of the Councils committee on human services. We cant arrest our way out of these problems. We need a better approach to end the cycle of crime.

Licata and Rasmussen secured funding for this pilot program in last years budget. After a series of citizen oversight committee meetings, the programs were developed with neighborhood groups, law enforcement personnel and service providers. Each program will be evaluated to access effectiveness.

The Miller Park residents are enthusiastic, said Andrew Taylor, president of the Miller Park Neighborhood Association. Together, weve created an innovative way to take back our neighborhood while helping people get off the streets and back on their feet.

-30-


City Council

Contact us



   
City of Seattle LogoSeattle City Hall
600 Fourth Ave. 2nd Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Visiting City Hall

Access to City Hall for Individuals with Disabilities
Mailing Address:
PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025
Phone: 206-684-8888
Fax: 206-684-8587
TTY/TDD: 206-233-0025
Listen Line: 206-684-8566

Non -English Language Information