Safe & Secure Community Initiatives

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Reduce the Occurrence and Severity of Crime

Complete 
Create Centralized Repository for Digital Evidence
Needs Improvement 
Expand the Forensic Services Division. This will include improvements to crime scene response, evidence processing, and lab analysis.
Needs Improvement 
Implement a system to promote resident use of online crime reporting. This will help keep 911 emergency phone lines available to receive calls and provide an additional means for the community to communicate with law enforcement. 
Complete 
Develop 911, Police, Fire, and EMS unified protocols to manage large-scale incidents. This will help to ensure the community has the best possible emergency response possible in any situation. 
Complete 
Develop a 3 to 5 year plan for police staffing and resource needs (such as equipment or facilities). This brings special attention to Durham's rapid growth and new community needs. 

Improve Public Perception of Safety

Complete 
Develop an external "Resident Communication Strategy." Public safety officials seek to ensure clear, open communication with all members of the Durham community.
Complete 
Deliver targeted safety programs to improve resident outcomes. This initiative brings special focus to matching police resources with neighborhood needs.
Complete 
Explore new ways to graphically represent data to help residents customize their personal safety efforts in neighborhoods. 

Facilitate High Survivability of Fire, Medical, and other Hazardous Emergencies

Complete 
Identify and Implement technology that supports a citywide fire code enforcement system. This takes into account that the best solution for fire damages and losses is the prevention of fire.
Complete 
Create a program that recruits, develops, and retains a diverse and talented workforce.
Complete 
Deliver targeted safety programs to improve resident outcomes. This includes fire prevention and wellness activities designed to meet specific neighborhood needs or challenges. 
Complete 
Develop a 3 to 5 year plan for fire department staffing and resource needs. This includes additional stations or apparatus, as well as additional firefighters or support staff. 

Improve the Level of Trust of Public Safety Officials through a Commitment to Transparency

Needs Improvement 
Research and design policies and procedures to effectively implement video technology to record officer-resident interactions
Complete 
Expand outreach efforts by utilizing existing community events, festivals, and activities to converse with the public on the public safety needs of the community
Complete 
Launch semi-annual media forums to ensure two-way communication between residents and department leadership 
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