In late 2017, the Seattle City Council issued a Statement of Legislative Intent (SLI 213-1-A-1-2018) directing Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to form the Georgetown Public Safety Task Force in order to develop a community response to address neighborhood issues of public safety and vitality.
Building on similar Public Safety Task Force models, the goals for Georgetown’s Task Force were two-fold:
- Identify strategies for a new model of neighborhood policing, which will build on the micro-policing plans and community policing plans.
- Identify strategies for a culturally and linguistically responsive, and replicable, data-driven approach to improving the City’s relations to and effectiveness with the Georgetown neighborhood.
The Task Force recently issued their final report, which provides an overview of their planning process, as well as the following priority recommendations for next steps:
Additional time, support, and resources to develop Task Force goals, priorities, and future organizational structure.
- Funding for a salaried position for a Georgetown Public Safety Advocate who will be responsible for driving Georgetown’s public safety and vitality agenda.
- Funding to develop a joint working group with the Seattle Police Department to develop innovative and replicable community policing strategies.
- Resources to conduct a zoning study to identify best practices for adjacent residential / commercial / industrial zoning compatibility; and innovative strategies for addressing the need for more, and different, housing types that balance the City’s dire need for affordable housing and Georgetown’s unique character.
You can read the Georgetown Public Safety Task Force Final Report in its entirety on our website.