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The City of Santa Cruz Public Safety Citizen Task Force is reaching the end of its educational phase and heading into deliberations on recommendations. Public observance of the next two meetings is important with the Task Force focused on the criminal justice system, violent crime and gangs. In addition, the Task Force will be receiving critical public input at the October 9th meeting. Your attendance is important and encouraged!

The Task Force has hosted nearly a dozen educational meetings focused on four themes: drug abuse and related crime, behaviors and activities affecting our sense of safety in public spaces, gang violence and other violent crime, and the criminal justice system. During the months of September and October, the Task Force is hearing from the City’s criminal justice partners on their role in addressing our public safety issues, as well gang experts. The October 2nd Task Force meeting, the last with educational focus, will include testimony from a reformed gang member and experts on gang prevention and enforcement. Meeting every week in October, the Task Force will take public input on October 9th and then begin deliberations on recommendations. The public is encouraged to observe every Task Force meeting and provide input during the public comment session.

City of Santa Cruz Public Safety Citizen Task Educational Meetings

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, District Attorney, Public Defender’s Office (SCPD Community Room, 155 Center St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Gang Expert Panel (SCPD Community Room, 155 Center St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060)
  • Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Public Comment (Branciforte Middle School Cafeteria, 315 Poplar Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062)

Open and Free Attendance

For more information on the Public Safety Citizen Task Force: http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/safetytaskforce

Background: Quality of life, our personal and collective well-being, is influenced by many factors. While each resident, business owner and visitor in the City of Santa Cruz deserves the highest standard of well-being, these influential factors can have a detrimental effect on our quality of life. The City of Santa Cruz has formed a Citizen Public Safety Task Force, comprised of 15 local residents of various backgrounds, to explore the factors that have influenced our community’s sense of safety and well-being. It is hoped that through this deeper examination of complex and often misunderstood issues, along with open and honest conversation with our regional partners, we will foster community understanding and meaningful change.