Safe City Coalition moves forward with recommended strategic plan

Safe City Coalition moves forward with recommended strategic plan./ Photo: Alexandria Ikomoni

The Safe City Coalition had their second meeting on Monday, and they have a tangible plan on how they’re going to fight crime in town.

Albany Police Chief Michael Persley said they recently had a focus group that came up with 26 strategic plan recommendations.

After those were created, the group was divided into five different categories based on who would work best with those categories.

Two of the five categories include community development and technology. The other categories will be released at a later time after it has been reviewed.

The coalition already has input from kids in the community, and is looking for more feedback.

“If we don’t reach out to the community then we’ll miss what’s really happening,” Chief Persley said. “I can come up with the best ideas, but if it’s not addressing the community’s needs then it’s not working. We want to hear back from the community as we push this plan forward.”

The next step in this process is to take the strategic plan to Mayor Dorothy Hubbard. She will review it to see if any changes need to be made.

Once the plan is approved, the rest of the coalition and community will know the details, and they can begin putting that plan into action. They are working towards releasing that information in January 2018.

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