There's no denying random calls from telemarketers can be totally annoying. However, according to a Q13 story by C.R. Douglas, SPD officers in the South Seattle Precinct have started to employ "cold calls" to local businesses as part of an effort to reduce crime in the area and increase communication between the neighborhood and the police agency that serves it.
Douglas' report notes that the calls have mostly been going to businesses in Rainier Beach, and SPD Cpt. Mike Nolan has classified the effort as a "huge success." What "huge success" actually means, however, is left somewhat ambiguous, as Nolan, "didn't elaborate on whether it has in fact reduced crime in the area," according to the story.
[Nolan] said it's important for "getting to know the business owners, getting to know what their concerns and problems are, and working with them to address those problems through crime prevention."
The story goes on to note that part of the plan also calls for police in the area to hold what are being called "barber shop" and "beauty shop" talks, aimed at gathering local business owners and residents in "business settings" to discuss SPD's performance. Apparently, the effort is hoping to inspire community members to be "brutally honest," about SPD and how the agency is doing its job.
Which, one would imagine, might inspire some interesting conversations.