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CITY OF ANAHEIM ANNOUNCES CREATION OF PILOT PUBLIC SAFETY BOARD PROGRAM
ANAHEIM, Calif. (February 19, 2014) Public Safety and community involvement are hallmarks in the City of Anaheim. To further build upon the effectiveness of this collaboration, the City announced the formation of a pilot Public Safety Board program. The Public Safety Board will be comprised of community members who will review items such as fire and police budgets, staffing levels, service delivery mechanisms, police and fire policies and practices, and certain critical incidents.
The Public Safety Board is in addition to existing community public safety engagement, and will provide residents the opportunity to become more involved in the delivery of public safety services, as well as increase transparency. Once established, Anaheim’s Public Safety Board is anticipated to hold quarterly meetings where community members will also be encouraged to attend and share their comments. The Board members will work in conjunction with an external auditor, who will serve as a liaison and provide independent analysis and law enforcement best practice information. Together, the Public Safety Board and external auditor will develop policy recommendations for consideration by the City Manager, as well as the Police and Fire Chiefs.
The City of Anaheim has long offered its residents the opportunity to serve on a number of boards and commissions in order to establish greater communications and to receive recommendations on city services. In addition, Anaheim Police Department and Anaheim Fire & Rescue currently utilize several avenues by which to receive input including active participation in community meetings and outreach activities.
Applications to serve on the Public Safety Board will be available beginning early March. The Board will be comprised of nine Anaheim residents as appointed by the City Manager, initially using a lottery system reflecting the four existing Neighborhood Council areas: West, Central, East and South.
To learn more about the Police Safety Board, please visit www.anaheim.net/PSB.
For more information on the City of Anaheim, please visit www.anaheim.net.
ABOUT ANAHEIM –The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation’s premier municipalities and is one of California’s most populous cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 346,000 residents and more than 2,900 City employees. The municipal corporation’s annual budget is $1.6 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, and the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.