Public Safety Task Force

The Arcata City Council created the Public Safety Task Force on December 7, 2016, to provide a platform for the community to come together to better understand current public safety concerns and recommend actions the City and our partners can take to improve the quality of life in Arcata.

Apply to Serve on the Public Safety Task Force

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The Task Force is designed to foster private-public partnerships between the City and local businesses, community-based organizations, schools, Humboldt State University and Arcata residents in order to promote a vibrant, safe and healthy environment in which to live, work, study and play. 

The Public Safety Task Force serves in an advisory capacity to the City Council and City staff on matters pertaining to public safety. Further, the Task Force is charged with preparing recommendations that could be considered and utilized by the City to increase public safety and partnerships within the community to develop stronger neighborhoods, schools and business districts. 

Scope of Work

  • Evaluate, encourage and facilitate resident and business driven efforts to reduce crime and promote safe neighborhoods.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders (locally and regionally) and residents to identify priority projects and programs to increase public safety and reduce crime.
  • Develop community outreach strategies to engage community members in dialogue on safety, educate the community on how to be proactive on issues of safety and develop volunteer support on safety projects.
  • Provide a forum to share comments, issues or concerns regarding public safety issues, including but not limited to crime prevention, community outreach and education and training.
  • Identify potential funding sources to support priority projects and programs. 
  • Evaluate the long-term structural support that would best provide long-lasting, comprehensive and dynamic engagement on issues of public safety, (i.e. City Committee, community–based collaborative, etc).


The Arcata Public Safety Task Force will be comprised of no less than 7 and no more than 11 members, representing a broad cross-section of the community to include:
  • Community members living in various parts of the City
  • Business Representatives (owners and/or employees)
  • Representatives from Humboldt State University staff and student body
  • Representatives from Arcata schools 
  • Representatives from community-based organizations
All members must live, work or go to school in the City of Arcata. The Chief of Police shall serve as staff liaison to the Public Safety Task Force. 


  • Dr. Corliss P. Bennett-McBride
  • Dr. Anjali Browning
  • Danielle Dickerson
  • Brooke Epperly
  • Melissa Lazon
  • Stephanie McCaleb

  • Maureen McGarry
  • Joshua Neff
  • Bryan Radzin
  • Gregory Xavier Rodriguez
  • Tracy Smith
  • Darlene Spoor
  • Tom Chapman - Chief of Police, Staff Liaison

Meeting Schedule

The Task Force will meet in the evening of the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. (tentative). The Task Force will sunset on December 6, 2017, unless extended by the City Council.