Laurelhurst Community Club
Serving 2800 Households and Businesses in
Councilmember Jan Drago, Chair
City Council Budget Committee
Members of the
Attention: Theresa Dunbar, Clerk
Re: Community Service Officers and Public Safety
Chair Drago and Members of the
The Laurelhurst Community Club Board of Trustees urges you provide funding for community service officers as included in the Council’s 2004 endorsed budget and to provide additional funding for public safety and crime prevention. We were disappointed that public safety was not among the Mayor’s priorities in his proposed budget. We understand the challenges you face with the $25 million shortfall and the many competing demands. Your budget efforts, however, can and will ensure a commitment to public safety and our Seattle Police Department if funding is provided.
Community Service Officers perform important services to assist the police and the community. They handle juvenile runaway case management and provide assistance to abused and neglected children. They check on the well-being of the elderly and other vulnerable people. They provide crisis intervention services and assist people in finding emergency housing—just to list a few of the functions they perform. If funding for Community Service Offices is eliminated, as proposed by the Mayor, these much-needed services will not be provided because police will not have the time to do them. To reinitiate the program in future years would mean large training and start-up costs. The current program is an effective and efficient use of funds.
The Mayor proposes to eliminate five
Community Service Officers and one supervisor and retain only one position to
do computer work to maintain a youth runaway database. This essentially means that
It is also important to provide
adequate funding for sworn police officers.
While the Mayor proposes to add ten fulltime sworn officers,
Until earlier this year when major
cuts were made,
We urge you to provide funding for Community Service Officers, Seattle Police Department officers and the Crime Prevention program. Thank you for considering our views.
Jeannie Hale, President Pat Wright, Crime Prevention Rep
3425 West Laurelhurst Drive
206-525-5135 / fax 206-525-9631 206-522-0871