Addressing Public Safety Needs

Cities and communities regionally and nationally, including Bellingham, are facing public safety challenges including increasing drug use and distribution, mental health crises, property theft, trespassing and other crimes, while at the same time facing staffing shortages in law enforcement and service agencies. In addition, court decisions regarding drug laws and legislative changes have forced change and disrupted systems. Coupled with an inadequate jail, court backlogs, and other factors, these circumstances contribute to community members expressing concerns about crime and safety.

City leaders are working diligently to address these concerns in many ways and are making steady progress. Steps taken to understand public safety needs and actions to address them are discussed regularly at Bellingham City Council meetings, during public presentations, at neighborhood meetings, in the news media, and in articles for various publications. Listed below are some key resources to learn more:

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