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City Council Priority: Community Safety

Priority: Increase positivepublic perception of safety and overall quality of lifeWhat makes us feel safe? Many things contribute to our perception of safety such as clean water to drink and clean air to breathe, the walkability (including crosswalks and traffic design) and conditions in our neighborhoods, the lighting on streets, property crime, social connections with our neighbors, quality opportunities for children, and much more. Unsafe community conditions can also dampen economic development and discourage business retention, attraction, and expansion

Focusing on an Increase Positive Public Perception of Safety and Overall Quality of Life

What makes us feel safe? Many things contribute to our perception of safety such as clean water to drink and clean air to breathe, walkability (including crosswalks and traffic design) and conditions in our neighborhoods, the lighting on streets, property crime, social connections with our neighbors, quality opportunities for children, and much more. Unsafe community conditions can also dampen economic development and discourage business retention, attraction, and expansion.

 

Tacoma's First Focus Area is Policing with our Commitment to Improve Existing Systems 

Resolution 40622 which was passed on June 30, 2020 by the Tacoma City Council, affirms the City of Tacoma’s commitment to improving existing systems for all community members, with the first stated priority being local policing. 

 

See What We Are Doing in the Following Areas:

 

Police Reform

 

8 Can't Wait Campaign

 

Body-Worn Cameras

 

City of Tacoma Takes A Pledge Addressing Police Use of Force Policies

On July 21, 2020, Mayor Victoria Woodards joined other mayors across the nation in signing on to the four-part pledge developed by the My Brother's Keeper Alliance, an Initiative of the Obama Foundation, to engage our community in reviewing Tacoma’s use of force policies.

The My Brother’s Keeper Alliance calls on mayors to commit to the following actions:

  1. Review your police use of force policies.
  2. Engage your communities by including a diverse range of input, experiences, and stories in your review.
  3. Report the findings of your review to your community and seek feedback.
  4. Reform your community’s police use of force policies.

To learn more about this initiative, visit obama.org/mayor-pledge.