A number of new teams recently formed with the goal of making Tacoma safer, cleaner and more attractive. There is also an existing team looking to recruit new members. Get involved today and help take the team of your choice to the next level. To get started, email or call the designated point(s) of contact for the team of your choice and request information on upcoming meetings.
After working in partnership with business owners and community members to increase awareness and security efforts aimed to reduce thefts from vehicles, this team is recruiting additional members to continue its work. (existing team from previous round)
Enhance cooperation between City departments that own street equipment to spruce up sidewalks throughout Tacoma. (Table 1)
Devin J. AndrewsDAndrews@cityoftacoma.org
Reduce litter in the Lincoln District, South End and, eventually, citywide by introducing more recycling and trash containers, educating the community about the need for waste reduction and appropriate disposal of trash, and encouraging, supporting and recognizing citizens who clean up litter. (Table 6)
- Empower citizens in interested neighborhoods to create a sustainable plan for beautifying their surroundings. (Table 8)
Great things happened when Tacoma citizens partnered with City staffers in April 2008 and talked about ways to reduce crime rates while doing away with debris, junk vehicles and other nuisances. Working within existing City budgets, by the end of June 2009 we helped bring about an 18 percent reduction in crime and eliminated over 500 tons of debris during community clean-ups.
We regrouped in June 2009, proud of what had been accomplished, but with a clear understanding that more work needed to be done. With knowledge gleaned from previous efforts, a number of specialized teams were developed that focused on reducing crime rates even further. From 2007 – 2010, there was a 21 percent reduction in violent crime and a 17 percent reduction in property crime.
Learn more and read about examples of past successes here.
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