Public safety issues do not occur in isolation. Lack of jobs and education can lead to crime, which consequently hinders economic and social development. As a result, addressing public safety requires an integrated approach. As mayor, I will:
- Build community. Community building, not incarceration, increases public safety. We can reduce criminal activity with awareness, recognition of risk factors and by empowering individuals to help those in need. This will build respect, community, and hope in our neighborhoods.
- Promote police-neighborhood partnerships. Police and neighborhoods must work together to prevent crime. Police can inform residents of prevention and intervention techniques, while residents use these tools to build an open and safe environment.
- Provide outlets. Knowledge and access to prevention, intervention, and reentry programs play an important role in any public safety strategy. Summer Night Lights, gang reduction zones, and other successful initiatives should be expanded so more youth can reap benefits.