City invites neighbors to participate in third ‘Find It, Fix It’ Community Walk

In his public safety address to the Seattle City Council last month, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray detailed a series of ‘Find it, Fix it’ Community Walks, focused on several crime hotspots.

At the walks, community residents, police, and city officials have been walking together to identify physical disorder and solve it. The two walks already conducted have seen great success with a 40 percent rise in use of the Find It, Fix It application and identification, notification and action taken on graffiti removal, street lighting, litter and garbage clean-up, and trimming overgrown bushes and trees.

The next Find It, Fix It Community Walk:
Tuesday, July 22, 7 – 9 p.m., Rainier Beach Station Plaza (Martin Luther King Jr Way and S. Henderson St.)

Meet in the plaza (Map)

7 – 7:15 p.m.
· Short program featuring City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, City Attorney Pete Holmes, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole and department representatives.

7:15 – 9 p.m.
Walk commences along the following route:
· East on S. Henderson St.
· North on Renton Ave. S.
· Stop at the Somali Community Services (8810 Renton Ave South)
· West on S. Trenton St.
· Return to Light Rail Station, board northbound train to Othello Station.
**Please note, fare passes will be provided for this part of the walk**
· South on Martin Luther King Jr Way S.
· East on S. Othello St.
· Walk ends at Othello Playground

9 p.m.
· Walk concludes and department representatives are available for follow-up questions.

The Rainier Beach Light Rail Station is one of five hot spots identified in the City of Seattle’s three-year U.S. Department of Justice Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant. The project called Rainier Beach: A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth, focuses on non-arrest, place-based interventions to reduce crime. The project is based on hot spot research by George Mason’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy. The work is being conducted by a 60-member, diverse community task force that has been analyzing crime and community data for more than six months and has identified recommendations to reduce crime at the Light Rail Station and four other locations. Members of the community task force will be participating in Tuesday’s Find It Fix It walk.

Additional ‘Find it, Fix it’ Community Walks will take place in the upcoming weeks:
· July 29, 7 – 9 p.m.: Rainier Ave. and Genesee
· August 12, 7 – 9 p.m.: Rainier Beach

For more information on Murray’s public safety strategy for Seattle, visit http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/public-safety-strategy-for-seattle.

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