On Sunday the Pioneer Press published my latest op ed, this one welcoming our new Chief of Police and sharing the results of our recent public safety survey. Upon accepting his appointment, Chief Henry spoke about his vision for co-producing with the community a public safety strategy that can be a role model for other communities. My response is that “the business community is aligned in our desire, in the strongest terms, to improve outcomes in public safety and support this vision.” Because we have real work to do.
In the article I describe that I see St. Paul at an “inflection point”: the majority of respondents (56%) express continued confidence in the city’s long-term plan to improve public safety AND we need some course corrections to demonstrate progress and maintain the public’s trust. I think specifically about a victim-centered approach when it comes to holding people accountable for breaking the law – the need for real and immediate connection to consequences.
It's also worth noting the work of social services providers and the City/County in serving the unsheltered, connecting people to housing, shelter, and services, to close encampments. This challenge continues, but their extraordinary effort is worth noting.
Follow THIS LINK to read our report on the survey.
See you in the trenches.
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