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Magnolia could lose crime prevention coordinator

June 30th, 2010 · 44 Comments

The people who work directly with our neighborhood in preventing crime could soon be out of a job. The six civilian crime prevention coordinators for the Seattle Police Department, including West Precinct and Magnolia coordinator Terrie Johnston, have been told they’ll lose their jobs next spring when grant money runs out.

The crime prevention coordinators work directly with residents doing everything from setting up block watches to going door to door to warn about recent crimes. They’ve been part of the police budget up until last October, when the positions then became paid for with federal grant money. That ends on March 31 of next year.

“We are the link between the community and the police department,” Terrie Johnston (pictured right) told us. “Patrol officers are often promoted or transfer out. We’re the ones in people’s living rooms and churches.”

Johnston and her fellow coordinators have logged hundreds of community meetings over the past year. She worries that officers and precinct bosses won’t be able to give residents one on one attention if the crime prevention coordinators are let go.

“When we’re gone, who will take the time?”

Councilmember Tim Burgess, who chairs the Public Safety and Education committee, tells us his office is closely tracking the issue as it heads toward the mayor and council. If you’d like to voice your opinions, here’s a link to the mayor and City Council.

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  • Christine

    I went to the links and sent an email to everyone on the list including the Mayor. Hopefully, they will keep this team on for public safety and find other things to cut in budget. I am stunned with all the break ins and car prowls recently in the last year that they would even think to do this. If this is important to you and your family you will write them too. Make them think twice

  • JR

    With the continual increase in crime, this is just unacceptable. I’ve written to the Mayor and Council Members, as well.

  • MissStereo

    I completely disagree. There are neighborhoods in the city that are suffering from crime, and Magnolia is just not one of them.

    The people that cry for police help are the parents of the kids driving recklessly and leaving beer cans on the playgrounds. Magnolia is funny like that.

    We take our radio, etc. OUT of the car at night so there is nothing to steal. We also lock our doors so no one can come in without us knowing.

  • Val

    I’d rather we didn’t lose a coordinator, but all things considered it’s one of the least harmful things to lose.

  • christine

    Hate to burst your bubble Miss Stereo, but I guess it has to happen to you. I have had the attempted break in recently and have met Terri in person after that to show me how to try and prevent this from happening again.

    I am a single mother with a 12 year old and our door was locked. This was about 2 in the morning on a Sunday night. After hearing him try to get in the front door since I fell asleep on the couch I looked out the front window and he just stood there looking at me not leaving. Wearing ski goggles, ski mask, and puffy jacket (not winter time so red flag there) I wasn’t able to give a good description when the police got there after i “Cried to the police” as you put it.
    We might not have drive bys in Magnolia, but I would say they are getting more agressive. He got away and is still out there.
    I would keep your ignorant comments to yourself since you have not experienced what I am talking about yet. . I am not worried about the beer cans, kids driving reckless, or my car getting broken into as much as something happening to me or my son.
    Just because you lock your doors doesn’t mean they can’t get in. This is about crime prevention and it’s not limited to the teenagers running around in the villiage annoying you.

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