The Seattle Police Foundation provides funding for programs that fall within SPD’s Community Policing framework in support of its ongoing efforts to reinvent community engagement.
In 2015, recognizing that no two neighborhoods in Seattle are the same, the Seattle Police Department implemented its Micro-Community Policing Plan model. The Micro-Community Policing Plan (MCPP) model merges community engagement and crime data to better respond to each community’s individual needs. The department was actively engaged in the process, attending a variety of outreach events, and actively meeting with the relevant community advisory councils. SPD has continued its involvement in community events by partnering with the Seattle Police Foundation to host activities and initiatives meant to spur community engagement and enrichment.
If you would like to help us support SPD’s community engagement efforts, please make a donation today! Explore the content below for more information about some of our recent investments in community service and engagement.
As we join with the Seattle Police Department in the effort to build community and support diversity, equity, and inclusion, the ability to communicate with the non-English speaking members of our community is essential. The Seattle Police Department offers a variety of educational tools and resources to help our community members become more prevention-minded in terms of personal and property crimes. To help ensure that this information is easily and immediately accessible to all members of our community, SPF recently funded translation services and printing costs to reach our community members who speak Spanish, Chinese, Somali, Amharic, and Vietnamese.
The Seattle Police Department’s (SPD) Community Service Officer (CSO) Unit is made up of non-commissioned outreach specialists who are trained and work as liaisons between the community and the SPD. Through outreach, engagement, and ongoing relationships, CSOs bridge gaps and help individuals access essential resources such as housing, health care, and treatment.
To help support this work, SPF provides emergency supplies to CSOs to take with them as they make connections and offer resources to our community members in crisis. The supplies not only help with immediate needs, including personal hygiene, nutrition, and first aid, but help to establish trust and build relationships moving forward. The ability to meet people where they’re at is vital for our CSOs and we’re excited to be able to contribute to this important work.
Although you may not hear about it every day, law enforcement officers often dip into their own pockets to help community members in need. This is extremely common, and takes place in departments and agencies across the state of Washington, including in Seattle.
For many SPD officers, the desire to help people was one of their biggest reasons for going into law enforcement in the first place. There are times during routine calls for service that officers meet community members lacking basic needs, things like food, hygiene items, and more. In response to acute needs, our officers frequently use their own money to purchase critical items to assist community members in crisis. In 2020, three of Seattle’s Rotary Clubs heard about this and decided they wanted to do something to help.
The Emerald City, University District, and Puget Sound Passport Rotary Clubs each issued $500 grants to create an Out of Pocket Expense Fund to help officers get reimbursed for such purchases. Thanks to Rotary’s generosity, officers were able to purchase items needed for babies, warm clothing, food, or emergency transportation for those in need.
“Rotary works hard to be part of the community and we want to help officers make Seattle a better and safer place,” said Rotary member Howard Cohen.
The Seattle Police Foundation provides grants to officers to purchase fun police-themed swag that’s handed out at a variety of community events throughout the year. These trinkets, including things like SPD stickers, coloring books, pencils and more, are small in size but big in impact, helping officers earn the trust of our youngest community members and their families.
“Having giveaways such as snacks, coloring books, SPD logo items, and safety items, gives the community a reason to start conversations and build relationships with officers. This in turn changes stereotypes about policing, increases officer safety by improving relationships, and helps promote a positive SPD brand,” said Sergeant Heidi Tuttle.