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Hate Crimes on Seattle’s Capitol Hill

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In year marked by deadly hate crimes, SPD says will ‘err on the side of caution’ on bias

Posted on Monday, October 6, 2014 – 11:40 am by jseattle

In a year with two of the most horrendous hate crime incidents in the city’s history, Seattle Police officials provided their annual update on bias crime to the City Council Monday morning.

Assistant Chief Nick Metz told the council that directives at SPD have shifted to “err on the side of caution.”

“If somebody says they believe an action is biased related, we’re going to act on that,” Metz said.

The annual number of reported, investigated bias crimes in the city is relatively low compared to other types of assaults or threats.

In the East Precinct covering Capitol Hill, SPD says there have been 10 incidents investigated in the area with the majority of those happening in Pike/Pine.

CHS has mapped nine of the ten 2014 reports below. A tenth occurred in recent weeks in an incident at R Place that has not yet been widely reported. In that incident, Metz said a “young man” threatened patrons at the club, making “some threats” and “made gestures he had gun.” “Our officers immediately responded and made an arrest,” Metz said. UPDATE: More details on the arrest have been added to the end of this post.

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Let’s Slow Down Speeding Drivers Near Garfield and 23rd Avenue!

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From: Update on Drunk Driving Incident Near Eckstein

There is a School Road Safety Task Force that the Mayor had started before this incident. Still an important issue. More info below.

Draft Roles, School Road Safety Task Force

Act as a sounding board for Mayor and City staff through the process of creating a School Road Safety Analysis & Action Plan (SRSAaAP). This process will require members to:

o Provide input on analysis of safety, accessibility, and mobility around schools

o Provide input on school zone safety enforcement practices in Seattle, including the implementation and outreach plan for installing additional school zone speed cameras

o Provide input on process and criteria for prioritizing physical improvements at schools

o Provide input on current City road safety education programs and recommend additional education programs based on best practices

o Provide input on policies and programs impacting trip patterns and mode choices by students and parents

· Act as a liaison to school communities and a conduit for feedback regarding the elements of the SRSAaAP

· Promote public understanding of and participation in school traffic safety programs

School Road Safety Analysis & Action Plan

Outreach, Draft Components of the Plan

Exact scope and scale of the School Road Safety Analysis & Action Plan is still to be determined but may include the following main components:
1) Evaluation of existing street environments around schools
2) Review of existing legislation and policies related to school traffic safety and mobility
3) Development of a process and criteria for identifying and prioritizing physical improvements near schools, building on the existing Safe Routes to School program
4) Development of a safety and mobility education toolbox that can be used at all schools, building on elements developed already through Be Super Safe (the education campaign for the Road Safety Action Plan)
5) Development of an implementation plan for installing traffic school zone speed cameras and other potential enforcement programs
6) Review of best practices from peer cities for enforcement (including emphasis patrols) and recommend potential changes to existing enforcement practices

City of Seattle
Office of Mayor Mike McGinn

Rebecca Deehr
Policy Analyst
PO Box 94749
Seattle, WA 98124
T: (206) 233-2662
F: (206) 684-5360
rebecca.deehr@seattle.gov