Advisory Council Further Shapes NLC Public Safety Agenda at Summer Meeting
Cheek, Dorothy, Nation's Cities Weekly
After several days of presentations, and discussions on public safety initiatives that work for cities and towns, the NLC's Advisory Council developed and agreed to themes and guidelines for the 1994 Futures Report on public safety at their recent meeting in Thornton, Colo.
The meeting focused on how municipal leaders and public safety agencies within city hall can work together to help create safer communities by forging better communications and relations between departments. As city agencies share information and collaborate on information distribution to citizens, the service delivery system is improved and thus so is the quality of life for citizens.
Beyond the local sharing, Advisory Council members explored the similarities and differences of the federal and local role in crime control.
The group also received a report from the NLC Task Force on Violence, chaired by Mayor Hector Luis Acevedo of San Juan, P.R.
Joining Thornton Mayor Margaret Carpenter, Advisory Council chair and host of the meeting, in leading the discussions were the Advisory Council Vice Chairs, Mayor Stephen Cassano (Manchester, Conn.) and Vice mayor Adolf Olivas (Hamilton, Ohio,) and NLC First Vice President Carolyn Long Banks (councilwoman-at-large, Atlanta, Ga.), who first introduced the public safety topic during the 1992 Congress of Cities.
Banks spoke of the need for municipal leaders and all city hall agencies with public safety missions to "rethink" and "redefine" public safety as a goal. She suggested that collaboration and coordination among all levels of government, and particularly within city hall itself, is essential in carrying out the public safety mission.
Carpenter called attention to the background material provided by the National Crime Prevention Council which noted that "the key to effective crime prevention is cooperation and coordination, not only within the corner occupied by the criminal justice system, but throughout the social, economic and environmental framework that makes up a community."
The Violence Task Force report highlighted the public health aspects of crime and violence and included research findings and recommendations for action and implementation by the National League of Cities. …