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PRESS RELEASE
ADMINISTRATION 

Wednesday June 10, 2009
For Immediate Release 
Contact:  Kate Reardon
Public Information Director
kreardon@ci.everett.wa.us
425-257-8687 or cell 425-418-0936

Thinking about starting a Block Watch?
Everett Police offers information to community members interested in starting group

EVERETT – The Everett Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit invites community members interested in starting Block Watch groups to take part in upcoming meetings.

The City of Everett has 65 active Block Watch groups in the city.  Studies have shown crime is reduced in neighborhoods that have active Block Watch programs.  Block watch educates participants in protection awareness and crime prevention concepts.

“Block Watch participants are more likely to notice suspicious behavior and report that to police,” said Edward Golden, crime prevention specialist with the Everett Police Department. “You can make a difference in your neighborhood through Block Watch by encouraging community pride and awareness.”

Block watch improves the relationship between police and the neighborhood and creates awareness throughout neighborhoods.

“Block Watch is a no-cost grassroots effort of neighbors helping neighbors address crime concerns,” said Aaron Snell, crime prevention specialist with the Everett Police Department. “Criminals always have a plan – Block Watch is the plan for the good guys.  And, everyone in the neighborhood can participate and play a role.”

The Police Department offers two types of information meetings:
 The Informational Summit: designed for anyone interested in organizing a Block Watch group within the city limits of Everett.  This session provides the basics of forming and maintaining a successful Block Watch group
 The Captain Summit: an educational session for existing Block Watch captain’s and co-captains to help them to continue working with their group.  This session presents the most current crime prevention topics, ideas for membership maintenance, participation and interest.  Everett Police recommends Block Watch captains and co-captains attend two Summits per calendar year.

Find a time that fits your schedule:
North BW-Informational Summit
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday June 11
North Middle School-Library
2514 Rainier Av. Everett WA 98201

North BW-Captain Summit
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday Sept. 9
Garfield Elementary School-Library
2215 Pine St. Everett WA 98201

North BW-Informational Summit
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday Sept. 10
Garfield Elementary School-Library
2215 Pine St. Everett WA 98201

South BW-Captain Summit
SOUTH BW-CAPTAIN SUMMIT
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday Sept. 16
Everett Police Department South Precinct
General Purpose Room
1121 S.E. Everett Mall Way Everett, WA. 98208

South BW-Informational Summit
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday Sept. 22
EPD South Pct. General Purpose Room
1121 S.E. Everett Mall Way Everett, WA. 98208

North BW-Informational Summit
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday Oct. 8
Whittier Elementary School Library
916 Oakes Av. Everett WA 98201

North BW-Captain Summit
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday Oct. 14
Whittier Elementary School Library
916 Oakes Av. Everett WA 98201

South BW-Informational Summit
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday Oct. 13
Everett Police Department South Precinct
General Purpose Room
1121 S.E. Everett Mall Way Everett, WA. 98208

South BW-Captain Summit
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday Oct. 21
Everett Police Department South Precinct
General Purpose Room
1121 S.E. Everett Mall Way Everett, WA. 98208

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