Las Vegas Public Safety Challenge Statements

Thu, 2018-07-26 17:06 -- SCC Staff

Public Safety

Challenge statement

Become the safest, high-profile city in America

 

Topics

  • Safe Neighborhoods and Businesses
  • Effective and efficient delivery of law enforcement, fire and medical, and judicial services
  • Feeling of individual safety and satisfaction with law enforcement, fire and medical, and judicial services
  • Safe Tourist Destinations such as Fremont Street Experience, Fremont Street East. Premium Outlet Mall, Symphony Park, World Market, Cashman Field, the Mob Museum, the Cultural Corridor and the Arts District.

 

Specific questions to inform discussion

  • How can the city use data, applications and technology to make Department of Public Safety and Las Vegas Fire & Rescue operations more effective and efficient?
  • What challenges does the Municipal Court face that could be addressed through technology?
  • How can the city leverage technology to increase safety in tourist destinations?
  • How can technology help public safety agencies communicate more effectively and collaborate during crisis situations?
  • What kind of data needs to be collected to ensure situational awareness?

 

Why is this important

A significant portion of the city’s FY 2019 general fund budget is earmarked for public safety (67% for public safety and 5% for judicial). Residents, businesses, and tourists need to feel safe in order for our community to thrive. In a safe community, individuals and families can enjoy a sustained quality of life, ongoing participation in work, leisure and educational activities, and preservation of income and assets. Businesses benefit by being able to recruit and maintain valued staff and grow their operations. A safe community also helps businesses increase productivity and minimizes disruption of operations. Because Las Vegas is a top tourist destination, being the safest high-profile city in America is integral to attracting new visitors and retaining repeat visitors. In summary, the whole community benefits from having a safer, positive and more productive population. A safer community also reduces demand on the health care and justice systems due to injury and crime.

 

Background

October 1 showed us Las Vegas is not immune to events of tremendous magnitude on the safety and pysche of residents and visitors. But public safety extends beyond crime statistics, it includes any threat against a person’s well-being, such as when they move around the community or when they are at work or play, as well as the prosperity of the community.

Local government, law enforcement and medical services can tap into their own intelligence to optimize structures, share resources, and communicate more effectively to identify threats in advance and develop strategies to minimize their impact.

Local government seeks to improve public safety through the effective and efficient delivery of law enforcement, fire and medical, and judicial services so our residents, businesses and visitors can live, work and play safely in the most iconic city in the world

The City of Las Vegas aims to improve the feeling of safety and satisfaction with law enforcement, fire and medical, and judicial services comparable to other large cities.

In addition to safe neighborhoods, the City of Las Vegas is focused on maintaining safe tourist destinations, such as Las Vegas Strip, Fremont Street Experience, Fremont Street East, Premium Outlet Mall, Symphony Park, World Market, Cashman Field, the Mob Museum, the Cultural Corridor and the Arts District.

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue is implementing a variety of strategies to better align resources with community needs, including a mobile adult mental health services, a Mental Crisis Health Team, a nurse call-in line, and community paramedicine services. Two new mobile integrated health care paramedics were included in the FY 2019 budget. The city also recently passed an ordinance requiring installation of automatic fire sprinkler systems in all new residential occupancies.

The Department of Public Safety is increasing the number of Marshals in order to improve the feeling of safety and reduce crime in parks and city facilities. A total of 26 new Marshal positions were included in the FY 2019 budget. The Department is also working on developing, implementing and monitoring a community-oriented policing model. In addition, the Department is focusing on reducing recidivism of special needs populations.