LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘A Great Community Building Meeting…’


I wanted to publicly thank our Crime Prevention Officer Rich Rowe and our Detective Sgt. Rick Bowen for the excellent Community Meeting about crime in our neighborhood they presented on February 28th at the SeaTac Community Center.

We in the north end of SeaTac, as many other places, have had too many break ins in a short period of time recently. Neighbors were either coming to my home or calling and emailing me either to let me know they had been victims of a break in or were concerned about the uptick in break ins. So, I thought perhaps a Community Meeting would be helpful.

Through email trees, word of mouth and handing out flyers door to door, we ended up with a very nice turnout for the Community Meeting. I think this meeting was a good step to create a working ‘bridge’ between the neighbors and our law enforcement and I was pleased to have been able to set this meeting up for all of us.

Besides informing the neighbors of some of the recent arrests in relation to the crime in our hood, we also heard some interesting crime tidbits and stories, and I think the message was clearly presented that the citizens and police need to be partners and work together to keep us as safe as we can.

Citizens need to utilize 911 to report suspicious activity– and leave it up to the responding officers to decide if there is a problem. Citizens were also told to let Police Services know if they are not satisfied with the service they receive otherwise, if it’s necessary, how can anything be ‘fixed’.

Sometimes a case may flounder as it moves through the system because of a lack of information. Things to note when reporting are license plate numbers, make of vehicle, physical descriptions of suspects—no detail is too small. If you are afraid to call, anonymous calls to 911 are ok–just make the call!

Because of an alert citizen who called 911 last week, a female mail thief was caught! Also recently, after two males knocked on a woman’s door and then took off when she answered, they were caught also because she called 911 right away to report suspicious activity.

I don’t want to give away too many of the tips in case any thieves are reading this, but suffice it to say, our neighbors are now primed and ready to be on the lookout for crime and to call 911.

Thanks to everyone for coming out to learn more about how to fight crime in our neighborhood.

– Pam Fernald
City Council member and
long time Block Watch Captain

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2 Responses to “LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘A Great Community Building Meeting…’”
  1. Vicki Lockwood says:

    I attended this Crime Awareness Meeting, and I was not disappointed! Officer Rowe and Sgt. Bowen worked in perfect tandem, explaining what they can and can’t do in various situations, listening to the attendees questions and concerns and responding to tthem. It was refreshing that they didn’t come with a set agenda that left no time for responding to our citizens … they were prepared and professional, but comfortable enough with their subject matter to flow with the crowd. I was really pleased that there were so many folks in attendance who had litte to no previous contact with our City government or services. I believe these folks left with a positive impression of our Police Department and certain that we are their partners and a vital part of crime prevention and intervention. I would like to thank Councilmember Fernald for initiating this event as well as Officer Rowe and Sgt. Bowen for being engaged and responsive.

  2. DT says:

    Thank you Pam for organizing this event and for all of the work you have done with Neighbors Without Borders and on the SeaTac City Council. Crime continues to be an issue in this area and the more we learn about how to respond and prevent criminal activity the better. The two officers were very professional and represent the city well. A great event for the community!