Members of Seattle Police Community Service Officer (CSO) program presenting to Ballard District Council in December 2019

Did You Know? (BDC Civic Update – March 2021)

The following information was sent to our Ballard District Council community email list on 3/23/21. Please contact us if you’d like to receive our emails, and help spread the word to others. Thanks!

We are writing to highlight some civic gems we’ve discovered at recent Ballard District Council meetings. For more than 30 years, BDC has met on the 2nd Wednesday evening of each month (online during Covid) and all are invited. Last November, we heard a promising update from the long-awaited re-introduction of the Seattle Police Community Service Officer program.

Did you know that…

Seattle Police Community Service Officers (CSOs) started serving citywide in early 2020 — Sgt. Kevin Nelson and Community Service Officer (CSO) staff members have been doing great things in the community. The goal, according to the Seattle Police Department, is to have these unarmed civilians show a new kind of response to calls for service. The CSOs are a diverse, multi-lingual group with backgrounds ranging from social services to juvenile outreach to courts and security. A recent KUOW article describes a CSO who responded to a domestic violence victim and was able to share resources to get safety from her abuser, in Oromo, an Ethiopian language. CSOs also help mitigate landlord-tenant disputes and a range of other community-focused support, to augment public safety for Seattle neighborhoods. They can be reached via email at SPD_csoinfo@seattle.gov or by phone at 206-684-8403.

If you missed our November 2020 meeting, you can still view it and share with others who might benefit. (We also hosted the CSO program back in December 2019, which includes earlier insights describing why they’re inspired to do this work.)

Sgt. Nelson from the CSO program also spoke at the last North Precinct Advisory Council (NPAC) meeting on 3/3/21. NPAC meeting minutes are available online. Ballardites are encouraged to participate in opportunities to learn more about this and other programming as our city’s public safety programming evolves.

This is the inaugural missive of our planned occasional updates highlighting civic content of benefit to the greater Ballard neighborhood. Whether you live in downtown Ballard, Loyal Heights, West Woodland, Crown Hill, or other parts of the greater Ballard area, please share with others to help us grow and connect as a civic community.

We welcome feedback and ideas about what is important to you from a civic organization like BDC, as we evolve with our fast-growing neighborhood. Please be in touch!

Best regards,
Brent Lackey, President (president@ballardistrict.org)
Angie Gerrald, Vice President (vicepresident@ballarddistrict.org)