Learn How To Remove Used Needles At Workshop

needleThe North Precinct Advisory Council Social Services Committee invites community members to a free training workshop, How to Safely Remove Used Syringes from a Public Area on Saturday, February 20 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the University Masonic Lodge, 4338 University Way NE.

Joe Tinsley, Needle Exchange Coordinator for Seattle-King County Public Health, will talk about the risks, proper handling, and disposal of used needles. A limited number of sharps containers and garbage pickers will be available for participants.

This free training will provide community members who regularly see discarded needles in public places with the information they need to safely dispose of them. While certainly not a solution for preventing and reducing drug abuse, the training can provide neighbors with information needed to keep public areas clean and safe.

For more information and to RSVP, contact NPAC Social Services Committee volunteer Michael Cuadra at mccuadra@msn.com

Other resources:

  • Needles in parks: Call the Seattle Parks Department Maintenance Request Line: 206-684-7250.
  • Needles on other city-owned land/facilities: During regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., call the SPU Illegal Dumping Hotline: 206-684-7587.


North Precinct Advisory Council Seeks Victory Heights Rep

The North Precinct Advisory Council (NPAC)–not to be confused with the North District Council (read more about that organization here)–is looking for someone to be the Victory Heights neighborhood representative at their monthly meetings.

NPAC meets the first Wednesday of each month (except August) from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at North Seattle Community College (unfortunately the same time and day as the North District Council meets in Lake City–couldn’t someone coordinate this better?). NPAC is a community organization devoted to promoting partnership between residents, schools, businesses, and the Seattle Police Department to effectively address public safety issues. Its purpose is to establish a mechanism for the community to communicate its concerns to the Police Department and City Government, and may do its part in dealing with those concerns, and enhancing public safety in the North Seattle Precinct. Council members have the opportunity to express their views and offer suggestions on how the Precinct and the community can improve the delivery of police service in the community. The council also serves as a channel to disseminate information from the North Precinct staff to Council members and their organizations.

At each meeting there is a guest speaker. Past speakers have included the Metro Transit Police Chief, Mayor Mike McGinn, the Acting Superintendent of Seattle Parks, Seattle City Council’s Public Safety Chair and many more. A question and answer period gives us a chance to voice our opinions and concerns to these city officials.

Each meeting also includes short reports to the Council by the North Precinct Captain, the Crime Prevention Coordinator, City Attorney’s Office, KC Prosecutor’s Office, Department of Corrections, Community Police Team, and Liquor Control Board.

If you are interested in being the Victory Heights representative to the NPAC, please contact Nancy at nancy@pinehurstseattle.org.