Micro-Community Policing Plans

Triangle Describing MCPP Program

No two neighborhoods in Seattle are the same. Micro-Community Policing Plans (MCPP) recognize and address this. These plans are developed by bringing community engagement and crime data together and directing police services to address the individual needs of each community.  

How it works: 

  • MCPP neighborhoods are defined through police-community engagement including community meetings, focus groups, survey data, and the realities of geographic boundaries SPD can use to collect and report on events. 
  • Annually, Seattle University conducts an independent public safety survey of each neighborhood. This captures the concerns of each neighborhood and gives SPD clear areas of focus.
  • Community perceptions of crime and public safety matter. When used in conjunction with crime data, perceptions of those who live and work in Seattle at the micro-community level provide a more accurate picture of the reality of crime and public safety than can be seen through crime statistics alone. This is what makes the MCPP strategy unique.
  • The data (link to dashboard) is continually analyzed to see if we are making improvements and addressing the issues neighbors are concerned about.
  • These plans were first implemented in January 2015 and the Seattle Public Safety Survey has been fielded every year. The survey data is used in conjunction with focus groups and police-community engagement to inform and revise the MCPP priorities and strategies.

Partnership with Seattle University:

  • The Seattle Public Safety Survey is conducted independently by Seattle University researchers.  
  • The survey collects data at the micro-community level about perceptions of crime and public safety, police-community interactions, and knowledge and understanding of the MCPPs.
  • In between annual Seattle Public Safety Survey administrations October 15-November 30, Seattle University also conducts regular annual focus groups from May -August in all Seattle microcommunities.

What does the Seattle Public Safety Survey Measure?

  • The Seattle Public Safety Survey works to collect qualitative and quantitative data that gives insight into perceptions of crime and safety within each micro-community. 
  • The areas measured are concerns about crime and public safety and perceptions of police legitimacy, informal social control, social cohesion, fear of crime, social disorganization.

What have we learned since starting these surveys?

  • To ensure equitable community representation, it has been important to reach out using various survey collection methods (in-person, electronic, multi-lingual surveys). 
  • In all 5 years (2015-2019), Car Prowls and the Lack of Police Capacity have remained the #1 or #2 issues, citywide.
  • From 2015-2019, Trust in Police has remained higher for the City of Seattle compared to nationwide.

Participate in May - August 2020 Focus Groups

As part of the Seattle Police Department’s Micro-Community Policing Plans, Seattle University Micro-Community Policing Plans Researcher Analysts invite those who live and/or work in Seattle to respond to focus group questions from May through August, 2020 citywide in each of the city’s 58 micro-communities. The focus group questions provide an opportunity to provide feedback to the Seattle Police Department on crime and public safety in Seattle as a check-in between the administration of the Seattle Public Safety Survey every fall.

As a result of the COVID-19 situation, this year the focus group questions will be distributed online via a short open-ended survey and we have added a question on perceptions on the impact of COVID-19 on crime and public safety. Thank you in advance for taking the time to offer your perspective on crime and public safety in Seattle via the online focus group questions.

Learn more:
Seattle University Crime & Justice Research Center