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Posted on: March 21, 2022

City Seeks Community Feedback on the Future of Police and Fire Services

Attend a community meeting on April 4 and take an online questionnaire by April 15

 

REDMOND, WA — The City of Redmond is engaging community members on how to continue to fund Redmond's emergency services today and into the future. All are invited to share their feedback to inform the draft plan through a community meeting and online questionnaire. The draft plan will be presented by Redmond Mayor Angela Birney to the City Council in May.


In the past decade, Redmond has grown significantly, and Fire and Police Department calls have also increased, but revenue and staffing levels have not kept up. Redmond is seeking to continue to fund a responsive public safety system that maintains a high level of service and meets the needs of our evolving city. 

To achieve this, the City has prepared a draft Redmond Safety Funding Plan which includes: 

  • Investing in innovative response programs like Mental Health Response and Mobile Integrated Health  
  • Increasing Fire and Police personnel to keep pace with our growing city 
  • Funding ongoing expenses of body worn cameras to increase Police Department transparency and accountability
  • Reinvesting in the existing levy passed in 2007 that supports multiple fire, aid, police, and emergency response personnel 

Community members are encouraged to help shape the plan through in-person and online opportunities by visiting www.LetsConnectRedmond.com/Safety to: 

  • Learn more about the draft plan 
  • Register to attend a community meeting on Monday, April 4 
    In-person: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Redmond City Hall Council Chambers, 15670 NE 85th St, Redmond
    Online via Teams: 7 – 8 p.m. | Presentation to begin at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A session 
  • Respond to an online questionnaire by Friday, April 15 

CONTACT:  
Jill E. Smith, Communications Manager  
jesmith@redmond.gov, 425-556-2448  




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