Reimagining Public Safety

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“I am asking our community to work with us to reimagine the City’s public-safety system. I want everyone in Olympia who engages with us – whether it is a response to a call for service or working through our criminal-justice system – to trust that our public-safety system is just, equitable and without bias.”

- Jay Burney, Olympia City Manager

What's happening?

In February 2021, the Olympia City Council approved a community-led process to reimagine public safety for the City, with a goal of producing a public safety system that fosters trust and works for everyone.

The City launched this community-led and inclusive process in July 2021 to evaluate and make recommendations for enhancing its public-safety system. While recognizing that many far-reaching societal factors can influence public safety in general, this process looks specifically at the City’s public safety system, including areas like policing, corrections, prosecution, defense, courts, and medical and fire response.


The process is being led by a Community Work Group made up of nine community members 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 the community.

Continuing through March 2022, the reimagining process will culminate with the Community Work Group delivering a set of recommendations to the City Council for how to ensure the City’s public safety system is based on trust, justice, and equity and without bias.

Community input

To develop their recommendations, the Community Work Group will host listening-and-learning sessions to hear individuals’ experiences connecting to the City’s public-safety system, how the system responds to the needs of community members, and how it supports those who are navigating through it and transitioning into the community.

Stay tuned to this page for details on how you can get involved.

“I am asking our community to work with us to reimagine the City’s public-safety system. I want everyone in Olympia who engages with us – whether it is a response to a call for service or working through our criminal-justice system – to trust that our public-safety system is just, equitable and without bias.”

- Jay Burney, Olympia City Manager

What's happening?

In February 2021, the Olympia City Council approved a community-led process to reimagine public safety for the City, with a goal of producing a public safety system that fosters trust and works for everyone.

The City launched this community-led and inclusive process in July 2021 to evaluate and make recommendations for enhancing its public-safety system. While recognizing that many far-reaching societal factors can influence public safety in general, this process looks specifically at the City’s public safety system, including areas like policing, corrections, prosecution, defense, courts, and medical and fire response.


The process is being led by a Community Work Group made up of nine community members 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 the community.

Continuing through March 2022, the reimagining process will culminate with the Community Work Group delivering a set of recommendations to the City Council for how to ensure the City’s public safety system is based on trust, justice, and equity and without bias.

Community input

To develop their recommendations, the Community Work Group will host listening-and-learning sessions to hear individuals’ experiences connecting to the City’s public-safety system, how the system responds to the needs of community members, and how it supports those who are navigating through it and transitioning into the community.

Stay tuned to this page for details on how you can get involved.

Page last updated: 04 October 2021, 13:16