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Community Perception Assessment - Safe and Welcoming Community Work Plan

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Summary

In March 2015 City Council directed city staff to bring back a proposed work plan to address concerns raised by community members related to safety and inclusiveness in the community.  Council asked staff to evaluate the following concerns:

  1. Address current community member vacancies on the Police Professional Standards Review Panel
  2. Ensure the structure and process of the Professional Standards Review Panel remains best practice;
  3. Provide transparent information through an independent analysis of the Police Department’s arrest and summons data; and
  4. Support the Human Relations Commission (HRC) in its role to advise City Council on efforts that foster inclusivity and community building in Boulder.

The City Manager’s Office has developed a work plan, which is underway, to address items 1-3, with quarterly updates to Council in 2016 and 2017.

Related to item No.4, the City Manager’s Office, Human Services Department and Police Department are coordinating a Community Perception Assessment pdf in partnership with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) , a social research and consulting organization. The goal is to gain a better understanding of community safety and inclusiveness as it is perceived and experienced by residents and other community members.  The results of this assessment will inform the Human Relations Commission’s 2017 work plan recommendations as it relates to the City’s goal of fostering a more welcoming and inclusive community.

The assessment will include a survey to get a general sense of people’s experiences of public safety and inclusivity; then from there, ask questions to help provide insight on the underlying causes or issues around these experiences and potential action steps. The survey questions were informed by the stakeholder interviews and themes that emerged from the focus groups.

Status and Potential Next Steps

  • Community Perception Assessment begins January 2017
  • Report completed pdf – February/March 2017
  • HRC work plan development – April-August 2017

Council Action

  • First Quarter 2017 - Study Session - NCCD final report on survey
  • Third Quarter 2017 - HRC work plan recommendations to City Council

Staff Contact

Tammye Burnette, Assistant to the City Manager, [email protected] , 303-441-3234.

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