The city is facing a crime problem, but the source of the problem to a large extent is related to socio-economic issues such as unemployment, addiction, substance abuse, poverty, homelessness, mental illness, and family breakdown. The cell blocks are full by 3 am on a Friday night and half of those people do not belong there. In many cases, they are also using up the resources of the paramedics and of the hospital emergency rooms.
I believe that my role of citizen representative requires that I have a full understanding of the issues affecting our city. We could not do our job effectively if it was not so.
Therefore, I have consulted with and brought together experts in the field of social issues and community safety and hosted two town hall meeting to engage the community in:
keeping our youth safe through the use of smart phone technology and collaboration and
Social issues and Community Safety.