We must be more strategic in our approach to fighting crime. I will increase public safety in the city by providing innovative solutions that focus on the root causes of crime and link those solutions to education, prevention, job creation, rehabilitation, community partnerships.
As your Council President, I made major strides in the area of public safety by creating a comprehensive Community Policing Training and Preparedness Program that required new recruits to be assigned to foot patrol duty throughout the community. I put stricter penalties in place for businesses who knowingly sell illegal drugs on their property. With the help of community groups, I started a citywide “Slow Down” campaign encouraging drivers to follow residential speed limits. I collaborated with the city’s unions to provide annual salary increases for sworn officers, which included bonuses for educational achievements and bilingual speaking officers.