Public Safety
Everyone deserves to feel and be safe. Across the country, localities can build real safety by investing in communities and addressing the root causes of instability

Our Work and Vision

Real safety is when people have everything they need to thrive — a place to live, a dignified job that provides economic security and access to opportunities, and the resources to care for themselves and their loved ones. For too long, we’ve relied solely on policing and punishment while at the same time underinvesting in public housing, infrastructure, schools, and healthcare – which has caused decades of harm in Black and Brown communities. It doesn’t have to be this way. 

For decades, communities have been modeling and investing in ways that address root causes of harm and violence without criminalization and incarceration. Now, local governments across the country are pushing for and investing in these community-led strategies so their impacts can be widely felt.

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Community response units have transformed from a theoretical idea to functioning programs in dozens of localities across the country. This tool will help local elected officials create and scale community responder programs that help build real safety. It provides concrete steps, strategic considerations, and recommendations from experts in the field. It supports local leaders to utilize their strategic position as power brokers within government and organizers within their communities.


Reform/Transform: A Policing Policy Toolkit is a framework and policy roadmap supporting local elected officials in making exactly these types of changes. The toolkit provides a simple, user-friendly framework for cities to evaluate policies across a dozen metrics ranging from oversight and change to department policies to limiting ICE collaboration.


Investing in Real Safety is a how-to guide for policymakers is a new budget analysis microsite meant to supplement Reform/Transform‘s comparative budgeting tool with in-depth guidance on how to examine how police budgets are structured and how to make investments in the resources that truly create safety.


We succeed when we collectively and consistently drive a shared vision of community safety. Let's Talk Real Safety is a messaging guide that provides local elected officials and their staff with shared language around community safety. It is grounded in the latest research, polling, and nationally-tested messaging.

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Public Safety
Steering Committee

As a membership organization, we believe our work is most impactful when it is informed and guided by members. Bringing a diverse range of expertise and local experience, our Public Safety Steering Committee advises and shapes our work in this area:

  • Kendra Brooks, Philadelphia City Councilmember
  • Tiffany Cabán, New York City Councilmember
  • Carlos Garcia, Phoenix Vice Mayor
  • Eunisses Hernandez, Los Angeles City Councilmember
  • Will Jawando, Montgomery County Councilmember
  • Mary Lupien, Rochester City Council Vice President
  • Jalen McKee-Rodriguez, San Antonio Councilmember
  • Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez, Chicago Alderperson
  • Arti Walker-Peddakotla, Oak Park Village Trustee
  • Monica Wilson, Antioch Councilmember

Blogs And Featured News

Localities must reimagine traffic safety. Here’s how.

headshots of Javiera Caballero and Jillian Johnson

Durham Needs a New Vision of Safety

Learning from Portland Street Response

New Tool Helps Local Electeds Create Community Responder Programs