Safe Environment


The U District Partnership works to make the U District a safer neighborhood through a variety of Programs...

Safety Ambassadors
The UDP launched an Ambassador Team in July of 2017. Our Safety Ambassadors work in the U District Thursday-Sunday assisting visitors, residents, workers and homeless individuals. From providing directions to visitors, to aiding our unsheltered population, this dedicated team helps keep our neighborhood safe, welcoming and livable.

Coordination with Law Enforcement
The UDP coordinates information and activities supporting local law enforcement officers to stem crime in the area. This means working with them to identify hot spots and concerns and come up with ways to tackle these issues. The UDP is active in the University of Washington Police Department’s Campus Security Advisory Committee (CSAS) as well as the Seattle Police Department’s North Precinct Advisory Council (NPAC). The UDP works to sign businesses up for the SPD’s Condition of Entry Program and, for vacant buildings, in the Vacant Building Program.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
Educating people on how to report suspicious activity and how to prevent crime to themselves and their property are an important part of our work. The UDP offers Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) reviews, free of charge, to anyone within the UDBIA. CPTED looks at how a building is designed and used from a crime prevention standpoint and how designs can be modified to reduce the likelihood of crime. Marcus Johnson, the Clean and Safe Program Manager for the UDP, is certified in CPTED and has earned his CPTED Professional Designation (CPD). Marcus is available to do a CPTED walk through and site review of any property within the UDBIA, free of charge. If you are interested in having a CPTED review of your property done, please email Marcus.

Monthly Clean and Safe Meeting
The U District Partnership’s monthly Clean and Safe Meetings offer a setting for people to talk about safety concerns they are having in the U District. Local law enforcement representatives attend and report on crime trends over the past month. People are able to share their specific concerns with the police and are able to ask them questions. It is valuable for people to be able to meet the officers that patrol their streets and be able to have open dialogue about public safety in the U District. These meetings are also a time where people learn about safety tips on how to protect yourself from things such as bike theft, car prowling, trespassing, and other concerns. Check the UDP calendar for monthly meeting dates.