Two Community Service Officers (CSOs) on NW Market Street in Ballard

Ballard District Council – November 2020 Meeting

Date(s) - 11/12/2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


BDC’s November meeting will provide updates on two civilian-based Public Safety programs and a visit from our city councilmember.

The event will be broadcast on the BDC YouTube channel from 7-8:30pm on Thursday, Nov 12. (Note that BDC usually meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, but we are delaying by one day due to Veteran’s Day holiday.)

PLEASE SUBMIT QUESTIONS via email to prior to the meeting and we’ll do our best to pose a good variety to the speakers. 


  1. Seattle Police Community Service Officer (CSO) program — Sgt. Kevin Nelson and civilian CSO staff members will provide an update on the CSO program and answer some community questions. After several years of city planning and budgeting, the CSO program re-launched in early 2020. The nascent team visited BDC last December (2019). We are pleased to host them almost one year later to learn how the program has been operating and how it will be evolving in 2021 to more widely serve Seattle. (For additional background, read this recent KUOW article.)
  2. LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) — The LEAD program has been active in Ballard since summer 2018 and last presented to Ballard District Council in September of that year. Tracey Gillespie, Operations Director, will join us to provide an update on their accomplishments to date, how they’ve adapted during the Covid crisis, and how the scope of their work (and name of their program) is evolving.
  3. Authorized Encampment Security Recap — Ballard District Council Board Member Jody Grage, speaking on behalf of the Ballard Community Taskforce on Homelessness & Hunger, will provide a brief update on how several local authorized encampments manage their security programs.
  4. Seattle District 6 Councilmember Dan Strauss will join us to answer questions related to Public Safety topics at City Hall, as the year’s budget season reaches a finale in late November. (Good city council updates are available at the SCC Insight blog: