Seattle Police Department Micro Community Policing Plans have been finalized and are being published on Nextdoor neighborhoods today. No two neighborhoods are alike, nor are their safety priorities and concerns about crime. Recognizing this, the Micro Community Policing Plans are designed to put the department’s energy and resources into addressing the public safety issues that concern each community in Seattle.
The choice of Nextdoor as a launch pad is no coincidence. The Micro-Community Policing Plans will be inherently tied to this fast growing social media platform. For the first time ever, Seattle residents will be able to engage directly with precinct staff by using Nextdoor.
As crime trends and patterns are identified, police precincts will continue to engage Seattle residents to develop solutions and refine enforcement strategies. Enhanced collaboration between the community and police will foster both trust and partnership to manage crime and quality of life issues together.
“These Micro Community Policing Plans recognize the uniqueness of Seattle’s neighborhoods and that our communities need more than a one-size-fits-all approach to public safety,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “I’m encouraged by SPD’s efforts to use an innovative social media platform such as Nextdoor and look forward to seeing more departments experiment with Nextdoor and pursue other creative ways to engage and better serve the public.”
“The Micro Community Policing Plans were created from the bottom up, with input from cops on the beat and people living and working in Seattle neighborhoods,” said Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole. “We’re always going to focus on serious crimes citywide. These plans address low level crime and quality of life issues unique to each neighborhood, giving the community a voice in the development of our policing strategy.”
“We are honored that the Seattle Police Department has chosen Nextdoor as the platform to launch the Micro Community Policing Plans,” said Jeremie Beebe, Director of Nextdoor Partnerships. “Since the Seattle Police Department partnered with Nextdoor in October 2014, it has used Nextdoor in extraordinary ways to better connect and work with the residents they serve. Today’s announcement is a perfect example of how the Seattle Police Department is combining the power of technology with the power of neighbors to build a stronger, safer Seattle.”
Seattle University will conduct a process evaluation of the Micro Community Policing Plans. The plans will be evaluated on their impact on the nature and extent of crime, resident perceptions of crime, police-community interactions, and the overall implementation of the Micro Community Policing Initiative.