Public Safety Committee

Meetings

Regular meetings of the Public Safety Committee take place the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6 PM in Arcata City Hall’s Council Chamber, located at 736 F Street. Additional meetings will take place at the call of the Committee Chair.

Agendas & Archives

Meeting agendas and agenda archives for the Public Safety Committee can be found here

Committee Members

MemberTerm Expiration
Anjali Browning2023
Andrew Campbell2024
Lettie Dyer2024
Fred Johansen2022
Melissa Lazon
2023
Vacancy
2024
Vacancy
2022
Arcata Police Chief Brian AhearnCity Staff Liaison


Background

The Arcata City Council created the Public Safety Task Force on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 to provide a platform for the community to come together in order to better understand concerns regarding public safety. The Task Force alsArcata Plaza Photo by Britton Lathamo served in an advisory capacity to the City Council and City staff on matters pertaining to public safety.

Members of the Task Force were charged with preparing recommendations to be considered and utilized by the City to increase public safety and partnerships within the community to develop stronger neighborhoods, schools and business districts.

The Public Safety Task Force completed their duties on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. Upon hearing the Task Force’s recommendations, the Arcata City Council decided to create a Public Safety Committee to continue this important work. 


A copy of the Public Safety Task Force’s final report delivered to City Council on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 can be found here.

Overview of Committee Duties

The Public Safety Committee was established by the adoption of Ordinance Number 1505, that went into effect on Friday, June 15, 2018. This Committee provides a platform for the community to come together to gain understanding of public safety concerns and recommend actions the City can take to improve the quality of life in Arcata. The Public Safety Committee focuses on providing a public forum for the City, the Arcata Police Department and community members to share public safety concerns and identify potential solutions, and this committee will continue to explore topics surrounding police reform in Arcata.