Addressing public safety needs

Like so many organizations in our region and across the country, the City of Bellingham is experiencing staffing shortages. While this has affected various City services, we have especially critical needs in law enforcement that have resulted in changes in how public safety services are delivered. Coupled with an inadequate jail, court backlogs, legislative changes 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. Discussions about public safety needs and actions at Bellingham City Council meetings, in the news media, during public presentations and in articles for various publications. Listed below are some key resources: