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City vs. Public Safety? Will budget cuts impact our quality of life?

Please come to the next East Precinct Crime Prevention Coalition (EPCPC) Meeting, Thursday June 23, 6pm at the Douglass-Truth Library at 2300 East Yesler Way. Our topic for the evening will focus on budget cuts in the City Attorney’s Office. It is very important that we get everyone there to voice your concern!

You may know that City Attorney Pete Holmes is considering the elimination of the City Attorney Precinct Liaison Program in his mid-year budget reduction proposal.  The Precinct Liaisons are a very important community resource, doing much on the front lines to mitigate and decrease negative activity in our community; particularly regarding liquor licensing, chronic nuisance issues and drug house abatement. 

Craig Sims, Chief of the Criminal Division of the Seattle City Attorney’s office, will be the guest speaker.  Craig oversees the activities of the Precinct Liaisons as well as the prosecutors who file and try misdemeanor charges – these are the crimes that directly impact us, such as trespass, prostitution, drug loitering, DUIs, domestic violence, some property destruction, and minors possessing/using/exhibiting the effects of alcohol. 

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the programs Craig oversees and discuss the City Attorney Precinct Liaison program -including the reasoning behind cutting this resource. 

Hopefully we can learn more about whether the Precinct Liaison program will be lost or preserved. (and what more we can do about it).

Keep in mind that this is a proven, successful program that saves money in the end while serving your best interest. 

I will see you on the 23rd!

 Stephanie Tschida, Chair

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