Community Survey - Reimagining Public Safety in Oakland
Everyone in Oakland deserves to feel safe and protected. Yet too many neighborhoods, especially where many Black, Latinx, and other people of color live, do not have the basic resources and infrastructure needed to be safe.
Oakland's main response to address safety concerns has been to invest billions of dollars in policing, but there is a growing consensus that this approach has not worked. Oakland scored only 18.3 out of 100 in the public safety category of the 2018 Oakland Equity Indicators report. For 17 years, the Oakland Police Department has been unable or unwilling to comply with a federal court order to institute reforms. Many residents feel less safe in the presence of OPD officers.
Right now, Oakland has an opportunity to fundamentally change how the City of Oakland approaches safety by hearing from directly-impacted people about creative policy and budget ideas. Instead of continuing to spend so many resources on policing, what else could the City do to keep its residents safe?
Oakland's Reimagining Public Safety Task Force would like to hear your most creative and visionary ideas on what our public safety system and infrastructure should look like. The Reimagining Public Safety Task Force was established by the Oakland City Council to rapidly reimagine and reconstruct the city’s public safety system. The Task Force will develop recommendations to increase community safety through (1) alternative, non-police responses to calls for assistance and (2) investments in programs, services and infrastructure that address the root causes of violence and crime (such as health services, housing, and jobs).
PolicyLink, co-facilitator of the Oakland Reimagining Public Safety Task Force, has issued this survey to collect perspectives of the people most affected by policing and public safety in Oakland that are aligned with the Task Force's goals. Aligned perspectives will be integrated into the Task Force’s report and recommendations to City Council.
The survey should take 20-30 minutes to complete and is divided into 4 sections: (1) Participant Info; (2) What Makes Oakland Safe? (3) What Functions Should OPD Hold? and (4) Other Perspectives.
The survey will remain open until January 31, 2021. Please feel free to share the survey link with other people who are directly impacted by policing and public safety in Oakland.
If you would like to share your perspectives but do not have access to the internet or a device (smartphone, tablet, or computer), please call (510)663-4399 and leave a detailed voicemail with your ideas and suggestions.
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