Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson’s public safety priorities are to shift the narrative of how public safety is currently defined.
In 2016, Councilmember Harris-Dawson announced the expansion of the Community Safety Partnership (CSP), a program that increases the number of officers in an area while focusing their work on community engagement, safe passages to school, critical enforcement, and youth programming. The Harvard Park neighborhood has been at the center of an increase in violent crime and homicides over the past two years. The Jackie Tatum Harvard Park will be ground zero for the expansion of this program to deliver services and support to residents in the community.
The goal of the program is to reduce and prevent violence, improve community-law enforcement relationships, and improve youth educational outcomes. Despite decades of oppressive tactics, Councilmember Harris-Dawson is leading the charge to create a new way for LAPD and residents to build community. The LAPD also formed partnerships with various community members, groups, and activists, to work collectively to prevent and solve problems and create accountability. CSP officers will focus on community policing strategies to build trust between law enforcement and the community.
Councilmember Harris-Dawson knows that in order to be successful the new CSP program needs to be based on the needs and voices of residents in Harvard Park and must rely on trust and strong partnerships among different stakeholders in government, social service, non-profit sectors, and especially community residents.