City Holds Safety Forum at GHS April 30

Safety graphic with shield and check markRegistration is required to attend a City of Seattle community safety forum at Garfield, 6-7:30 pm on Tuesday, April 30.

The event, the first of five in various neighborhoods, is intended to offer opportunities for the public to share ideas for how to make Seattle safer.

The forums will also offer time to interact with officials from the city’s public safety departments, according to a news release from Mayor Bruce Harrell’s office. The ideas will help shape the soon-to-be-released “One Seattle Safety Framework.”

Mayor Harrell and city leaders will make opening remarks, followed by interactive input sessions for participants. Community members will rotate in small groups to engage directly with city leaders and provide input informing action and policy priorities. The forum will be moderated by Emmy-winning local journalist Brian Callanan.  

—> REGISTER to attend the April 30 forum at Garfield. (Because of possible capacity issues, this is required.)

—> LEARN MORE about the five forums and the safety initiative.

The framework includes six key strategies, which are to be refined with feedback from the forums: 

  1. Reduce gun violence and other violent crime with evidence-based solutions and enforcement strategies.  
  2. Respond to 9-1-1 calls efficiently and effectively by hiring more officers and diversifying response options. 
  3. Address the root causes and impacts of violence by investing in community-based solutions and upstream interventions. 
  4. Prioritize a public health and trauma-informed approach to reduce overdoses, reduce violence, and better support victims and survivors. 
  5. Coordinate community safety efforts to avoid duplication and inefficiencies by breaking down silos between departments. 
  6. Build and maintain community trust through strong accountability systems and community engagement on law enforcement priorities.