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ANAHEIM PILOT PUBLIC SAFETY BOARD APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED
ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 22, 2014) The City of Anaheim has extended its deadline for applications for the pilot Public Safety Board to encourage the maximum amount of participation from residents. The new deadline to file applications is May 30.
Residents may apply online at www.anaheim.net/PSB or at the City Clerk’s Office (City Hall, 200 S. Anaheim Blvd. second floor, Anaheim, CA 92805). Applicants must be Anaheim residents 18-years-of-age or older, and all applicants must undergo a background check, which is consistent with backgrounds that are conducted for other volunteers who may be granted similar access to public safety records and/or facilities. Applications are due no later than close of business on May 30.
The Public Safety Board, announced in February, 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.
The Board will be comprised of nine Anaheim residents as appointed by the City Manager, reflecting the four existing Neighborhood Council areas: West, Central, East and South.
To learn more about the Public 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.