Public Safety & Care assesses the overall inter-agency collaboration that typifies modern day governmental networks across a diverse geography (city, county, state and federal); thereby, seeking to improve use of personnel, apparatus, facility, as well as new information and communications technology (e.g., 911 emergency dispatch, police, fire, emergency medical service, animal care, etc.).  As public safety has become a greater priority in the United States and worldwide, we seek to ameliorate the poverty, social inequality, urban blight, gangs and homelessness issues, as well as move more towards a model of integrated services, prevention, and caring; ultimately, with prepared and quick response to natural disasters and terrorism (e.g., homeland security).


Stakeholders in the area of Public Safety and Care include a broad array of individuals, organizations, and interests.  It starts with neighborhood watch programs; small business owners and private security networks; the care and safety of employees, their workplaces and commute; and, of course, all the public services that are provided by city, county, state and nation.  Direct field professionals and disciplines include a long list of laypersons to volunteer and professional agents.  Other academic specialists often involve sociologists, criminologists, doctors, social workers, public advocates, etc.  This also includes a diverse mix of private advocacy organizations, associations, and networks that are based on any of the above interests.


Most  independent advocates at the city and county level, often times working at large with local groups and moving towards state and federal acknowledgment.  Public safety and care advocates…

  • Identify care and security risks in the community with the idea of prevention.
  • Review emergency response times; adequacy of personnel, apparatus, and coverage areas.
  • Make appropriate critiques that address poor response times and gaps in the coverage area.
  • Analyze and assess public resources to the concern, appropriating adequate budgets and availability to properly service the public needs.
  • Estimate the  longtime financial and economic impact of allocated resources against the targeted goals and improvements that are necessary for public safety and care issues.
  • Campaign within government for legislation

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Examples of Public Safety and Care Service topics include:

  • Personal safety and security; plus, safe residences, neighborhoods, and workplaces
  • Police (municipal), sheriff, and highway patrol (or state troopers); neighborhood watch, Guardian Angels, and Crimestoppers programs; private security, and guards; crime prevention; National Night Out, etc.
  • Firefighting, rescue, HAZMAT, local departments, and wildfire control
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS), ambulance, transportation,
  • Emergency communications, 911 response, and enhanced services
  • Disaster Preparedness
      1. Association of Bay Area Governments, Earthquake & Hazards Program, (ABAG)
  • Amber Alerts
  • Code enforcement (e.g. building,  occupational safety, and vehicle safety)
  • Department of Motor Vehicles, and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Poverty; homelessness; shelter; subsidized housing
  • Senior citizens’ needs
  • Universal healthcare and insurance
  • Basic education and colleges
  • Adoption and foster care
  • Animal care and control, adoption services, fish and wildlife wardens
  • Blood Drives
  • Employment development (steady employment; opportunity to quality jobs; living wages; career planning; job training;
  • Livable communities; affordable residences; moving to safer neighborhoods or domicile
  • Safety against accidents and injury;
  • Financial counseling; planning and retirement
  • Lifeguards at public pools and beaches

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In today’s world, public safety is increasingly an inter-agency collaboration using governmental networks across a diverse geography (city, county, state and federal).  To accomplish this, information and communications technology (e.g., 911 emergency dispatch) play a vital role.

A well run public safety network includes fast response times by police, fire, and emergency medical services; but, it also works to prevent incidents that harm and endanger residents or their personal property.

Public safety has become a greater priority as more American deal with poverty, social inequality, urban blight, gangs and homelessness.  Topping that, there are natural disasters and terrorism (e.g., homeland security).

The newest challenge for cities and regional communities is to implement more electronic mobile networking and communications devices into their public services.  To this end, hopefully, public safety departments (including their staff and administration) will operate more efficiently; then, perhaps, cause us to rethink how we apply the workforce, patrolling personnel and first responders.

Mobile computing devices, including cameras and video, not only improve efficiency, but also the safety of personnel themselves, plus allowing communications with central command, fellow coworkers, aside from the other public safety agencies within a given community.  It advances urgency, improves records and shares information.

The public safety issues a city might grapple with include narcotic use, trespassing, burglary, harassment, juvenile delinquency, unauthorized living, noise, littering, inappropriate social behavior, inebriation, and other quality of life issues.

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