Community Safety System Bridge Funding

Stabilize the System

The City Council dedicated $8.6 million starting January 2019 for 18-months of funding to increase staff and resources. The goal is to stabilize prevention, homeless services, public safety and emergency response. The effort is often referred to as Bridge funding. 

Urgent and Unfunded Needs

City Council dedicated $8.6 million starting in Jan 2019 for 18 months of funding to stabilize the c

Funded Programs

Specific programs in the one-time, 18-month funding include:

Public Safety Services

  • Adding 10 Patrol Officers to create a city-wide Street Crimes Unit
  • Adding 5 Community Service Officers
  • Adding 4 staff to the 911 Call Center
  • Expanding jail services by 5 beds
  • Funding for the Ambulance Transport gap coverage
  • Funding Municipal Court and City Prosecutor services to meet growing needs

Prevention Services

Homeless Services

  • A year-round Dusk to Dawn  safe-sleeping program
  • A Day Resource Center that provides access to storage, bathrooms, and connections to services
  • On-going support for programs serving people experiencing homelessness including the Lindholm Center, the Car Camping Program, and the Rest Stop Program

What's Happened So Far

Check back frequently to learn which changes have been rolled out, and see specific examples of programs that are helping to strengthen our Community Safety System. 

  1. New Street Crimes Unit
  2. Additional Community Service Officers
  3. New Basic Life Support Techs
  4. First Two Months

What’s Next?

City Council is committed to finding a long-term solution to this problem. A Community Safety Revenue Team of community members and Councilors was established in November. This team reviewed funding options that could provide on-going support for community prevention, response and resolution services. All of these services must work together to ensure efficient and effective use of these critical resources. 

The Revenue Team presented their recommendation for a long-term funding strategy at the February 13 City Council Work Session. City Council will continue this discussion.