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SPD Upcoming Events

 Public Meeting

The Police Advisory Committee (PAC) is holding their quarterly public meeting on Thursday, September 17 at 5:30 pm at East Central Community Center. PAC will hold their regular meeting but it is open to the public and guests can ask questions and give input.  Flyer attached.

 Training Opportunity

Enhancing the Survival Mindset (ESM) is a women’s self-defense class, which offers participants hands-on self-defense and safety awareness training by Spokane Police officers. ESM Level 1 will be held October 1st, from 6 – 10 pm.

 The ESM Level 1 course offers participants the opportunity to learn the basics of self-defense. The course consists of a classroom portion where participants will receive information on crime statistics, situational awareness, and information on enhancing their survival mindset. Hands-on training introduces participants to defensive tactics techniques and places participants into realistic threat scenarios. A participant’s survival mindset will determine the outcome of these scenarios. Attendees must be at least middle school aged (allowed when accompanied by a guardian) or older to participate. There is a $35 charge to cover the costs associated with the class. Scholarships are available for those who need financial assistance.

 Enhancing the Mindset Level 2 is the next step in the reinforcement and development of the survival mindset. Participants are exposed to approximately six new threat scenarios that will enhance your schemas for real life survival. Attendees must be at least middle school aged (allowed when accompanied by a guardian) and older to participate and must have completed Level One. There is a $35 charge to cover the costs associated with the class. ESM Level 2 will be held on October 22nd, from 6 – 10 p.m.

 To register and for more information about the classes, go to https://my.spokanecity.org/police/citizen/training/ or call the SPD Academy at 509-742-8100.

 PAL Outreach Program

One of our outreach programs just came to an end. The Police Activities League (PAL) wrapped up its season with a BBQ and awards ceremony on August 20, 2015. We thought we’d share the positive news with the community in case more people would like to participate next year. All of the PAL participants and their families were invited to join our end of summer BBQ celebration.  Chief Straub and Mayor Condon recognized all the youth and volunteers.

 This year was special because it included programs in three neighborhoods (North, West, and East) with a total of 150 kids. Following each session, players engaged in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activity hosted by AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers and United Way. SPD provided character education with many speakers talking to the kids about their choices. SPD also provided speakers to talk with the kids about avoiding drugs and gangs. Thanks to our partnership with the City of Spokane’s Parks and Recreation Department, 35 kids received free swimming lessons as part of the PAL program.  I’ve attached some photos.

 We were really thankful for all of our partners. Many of PAL’s community leaders come from organizations that SPD already partners with (KFCA Ministries, Operation Healthy Family, Spokane Southeast Lions, and Spokane Public Schools). However, many new community leaders joined the effort this year. United Way, WSU Extension, Northeast Youth Center, and West Central Community Center are a few organizations that joined us this year. Teen mentors participated at the Liberty Park PAL session thanks to the partnership with the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center. PAL received increased support from the community, as well as internal support. Several local businesses donated items for the youth, and the Spokane Police Guild and Lieutenants and Captains Association each donated $500.00.

 We also conducted a survey with the youth to gauge their feelings about the program and their perceptions of police, and saw marked improvement. If you would like more information about PAL, please contact Lieutenant Tracie Meidl, tmeidl@spokanepolice.org or 509-625-4162.

 2015 PAL Post-Season Survey Results (Combined 3 Sessions of PAL: West, North, and East)

 “If I had a problem at school or in my neighborhood, I would feel comfortable asking a Police Officer for help.”

94% of youth agreed. One youth who disagreed wrote that he would ask a teacher instead.

 “I trust the officers who patrol my community.”

93% of youth agreed.*

 “I enjoyed the PAL program.”

96% of respondents agreed; (100% agreed at both North and East locations).

 “This program helped me trust Spokane Police officers.”

95% of respondents agreed.

 “This program helped me trust community leaders.”

98% of respondents agreed.

 *In the West program pre-season survey, only 41% agreed that they trusted officers. This group’s post-season response improved to 88% in agreement.

 Demographics

 The post-season survey was conducted with 81 youth.

 Age: The average age of respondents was 9.8.

 Gender: 35 (43%) respondents were male; 42 (52%) were female. 5 (6%) did not mark gender.

 Race/Ethnicity:

  • 28 respondents (35%) were Caucasian
  • 24 respondents (30%) were African-American
  • 10 respondents (12%) were Multi-Racial
  • 6 respondents (7%) were Hispanic
  • 4 respondents (5%) were Native American
  • 3 respondents (4%) were Asian/Pacific Islander
  • 3 respondents (4%) did not indicate race
  • 2 respondents (2%) marked “other”
  • 1 respondent (1%) wrote “I don’t know”

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