Public Safety Committee

Background

The Arcata City Council created the Public Safety Task Force on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 to provide a platform for the community to come together in order to better understand current public safety concerns. The Task Force also served in an advisory capacity to the City Council and City staff on matters pertaining to public safety.

Members of the Task Force were charged with preparing recommendations to be considered and utilized by the City to increase public safety and partnerships within the community to develop stronger neighborhoods, schools and business districts.

The Public Safety Task Force completed their duties on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. Upon hearing the Task Force's recommendations, the Arcata City Council decided to create a Public Safety Committee to continue this important work.

A copy of the Public Safety Task Force's final report delivered to City Council on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 can be found here.

Overview

The City of Arcata is currently seeking applications for all 7 members of the newly-formed Public Safety Committee.

The Public Safety Committee was established by the adoption of Ordinance Number 1505, that went into effect on Friday, June 15, 2018. 

The Public Safety Committee will primarily focus on providing a public forum for the City, Arcata Police Department and community members to share their public safety concerns and identify potential solutions. Committee members will research and evaluate crime trends and identify the highest risks to public safety. Committee members will also make recommendations to the City Council, City Commissions and City staff regarding threats to public safety, crime reduction and prevention strategies based on their research and community outreach.

The Public Safety Committee will consist of 7 members who express interest, knowledge or experience in promoting a vibrant, safe and healthy environment in which to live, work, study and play. Of the 7 members, 5 must live within Arcata City Limits (PDF) and 2 may live or work in the Arcata Planning Area. See current vacancies and residency qualifications.

Once all members are appointed, the Public Safety Committee will hold regular monthly meetings and committee members will serve in three year terms.