Establish a Community Safety Partnership Program for Arcata

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Establish a Community Safety Partnership Program for Arcata

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Anjali Browning started this petition to Arcata City Council and

Many Arcata residents view the recent attack of a 12-year-old girl on her way to school as emblematic of rising crime in Arcata and feel this incident calls attention to the need for improved police responsiveness, public safety, and quality of life measures. While city planners are committed to making Arcata more walkable and bike-able, we insist equal importance must be placed on making these new public spaces and pathways safe for the neighborhoods they serve. 

We have a critical moment of opportunity to preserve and improve the quality of life in our community.

We, the citizens of Arcata, petition the Arcata City Council to establish a Community Safety Partnership Program. The formation of a public-private partnership between city management, police officers, and Arcata residents will encourage a more holistic collaboration for safer neighborhoods and a more engaged community. Such a joint action committee will bring greater alignment across sectors, as diverse stakeholders work side by side to adopt a collective set of priorities; develop, implement and maintain sustainable programs; eradicate crime; and address quality of life issues. In particular, this task force should seek to:

  1. Create a dynamic interface between city management, police, and Arcata residents
  2. Work cooperatively to identify priorities for infrastructural and personnel improvements to school routes 
  3. Ensure the maintenance of existing and new public space and pathway infrastructure
  4. Fast-track priority projects such as path clearing, lighting, and painting; path chaperons and walking school buses; sign-age installation; implementation of traffic calming measures; redirection of unsafe paths and crosswalks; and expansion of community watch networks
  5. Identify and coordinate grant applications for infrastructural improvements and staffing adjustments
  6. Identify criminal hot-spots in our neighborhoods, particularly along school corridors
  7. Enlist and coordinate volunteer participation
  8. Coordinate community policing programs and train citizens in proper reporting processes
  9. Identify and support other crisis response services, such as mental health services
  10. Advance the City’s goal to increase the “use of technology to improve resident engagement and to make vital information easily accessible,” as stated on the City’s website

 MAKE  AN EVEN BIGGER IMPACT! 

Arcata City Council Meeting Wednesday, November 16, 6:00pm

Attend the upcoming Arcata City Council meeting, where the formation of a Public Safety Committee will be considered. 

Write, email, or call your city council representatives with your testimonials,  ideas, and concerns for public safety:

City Manager of Arcata:
736 F Street, Arcata, CA 95521
707-822-5953 / citymgr@cityofarcata.org

Become a Volunteer:
info@arcatacsp.org

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This petition had 80 supporters