Reimagining Public Safety

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What's happening?

The Olympia City Council has heard from the community that we need to reduce inequities and bias to create a public safety system that works for everyone. In response, we are launching a community-led process to reimagine our public safety system. Reimagining Public Safety focuses on all elements of Olympia’s criminal justice system including:

  • Policing
  • Corrections
  • Prosecution
  • Public Defense
  • Courts

Community Work Group

The best ideas and plans for reimagining public safety will come from the community itself. We have identified a workgroup of Olympia community members who will lead the public engagement process—ten individuals who represent a cross-section of Olympia’s demographics, expertise and experiences. They are dedicated to listening deeply, working collaboratively with each other and reflecting what they hear from Olympia’s communities.

To prepare for community conversations, the Community Work Group members are learning about the City’s current criminal justice system and seeking out the voices and perspectives most important to include and elevate.

Community Conversations

In August 2021, the Community Work Group will invite you to join a “participatory leadership” process: a series of community conversations and small group discussions to learn, share and discuss:

  • What public safety means for Olympians
  • Individuals’ lived experiences
  • Solutions for an anti-bias and equitable criminal justice system

We need your input - Tell us what you'd like to know!

As we prepare for these community conversations, the Community Work Group would like to know what questions you have about our current criminal justice system. This will help us provide useful educational opportunities and materials as part of this process and help the Work Group best think about how to reimagine the system. Use the Ideas tab below to share your thoughts.

What's happening?

The Olympia City Council has heard from the community that we need to reduce inequities and bias to create a public safety system that works for everyone. In response, we are launching a community-led process to reimagine our public safety system. Reimagining Public Safety focuses on all elements of Olympia’s criminal justice system including:

  • Policing
  • Corrections
  • Prosecution
  • Public Defense
  • Courts

Community Work Group

The best ideas and plans for reimagining public safety will come from the community itself. We have identified a workgroup of Olympia community members who will lead the public engagement process—ten individuals who represent a cross-section of Olympia’s demographics, expertise and experiences. They are dedicated to listening deeply, working collaboratively with each other and reflecting what they hear from Olympia’s communities.

To prepare for community conversations, the Community Work Group members are learning about the City’s current criminal justice system and seeking out the voices and perspectives most important to include and elevate.

Community Conversations

In August 2021, the Community Work Group will invite you to join a “participatory leadership” process: a series of community conversations and small group discussions to learn, share and discuss:

  • What public safety means for Olympians
  • Individuals’ lived experiences
  • Solutions for an anti-bias and equitable criminal justice system

We need your input - Tell us what you'd like to know!

As we prepare for these community conversations, the Community Work Group would like to know what questions you have about our current criminal justice system. This will help us provide useful educational opportunities and materials as part of this process and help the Work Group best think about how to reimagine the system. Use the Ideas tab below to share your thoughts.

  • New presentations on Olympia's current system and recently legislated changes

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    Check out the document library for the Reimagining presentation to the Olympia Police Department, an overview of the changes to criminal justice passed in the recent legislative session, and the most recent presentations to City Council's Ad Hoc Committee for Public Safety.