The Public Safety Task Force grew out of concern for the systemic racism and militarization of law enforcement  systems and policies that were brought to international attention in the aftermath of the horrific killing of Mr. George Floyd and subsequent peaceful protests.
 
The Public Safety Task Force began in early Fall 2020, after undergoing the MOSES New Issue approval process. The group has defined the term Public Safety as:

Protection of all community members from dangers to their lives, homes, physical security, and mental health. “We’re all safer when the larger community is fairer and safer.”

We are all responsible for public safety. Certain people are entrusted to be agents of public safety including but not limited to:

  • traditional first responders (police, firefighters, EMTs)

  • other professionals (mental health workers, AODA counselors, peer support specialists, medical providers, social workers, teachers and other school personnel, etc.)

  • lawmakers, as they develop policy and systems

  • community volunteers– including neighborhood associations, “violence interrupters,” restorative justice programs, churches, literacy and mentoring programs, community resource centers, promoters of economic opportunity and racial justice

  • artists and cultural workers whose work is in the public sphere.

These people are commissioned to protect and support all members of society, especially those who are vulnerable or less powerful.

We meet the third Thursday of each month from 6:00-7:30 pm via Zoom.

Please contact co-chairs Tina Hogle at mamahogle@gmail.com or Gloria Stevenson-McCarter if you would like to join this group!

Public Safety Task Force Resources