Safe communities are well-resourced. We know that to strengthen public safety we must take a holistic approach to community health and well-being. This requires partnership and collaboration across many sectors including community-led prevention and intervention nonprofits, the police department, emergency responders, public health providers, state and municipal government, and social services.

Although crime is down, homelessness, addiction, mental health issues, and gun violence continue to harm our communities. All families in Bridgeport deserve to be safe in their own neighborhood but it will take a comprehensive plan to get us there.

Marilyn Moore will lead on a vision for a safe and healthy Bridgeport for all by doing the following:

  1.  Creating an Office of Community Safety: This office will enhance the social safety net for people, particularly our youth, who are at the highest risk of poor outcomes. It will coordinate services to help people experiencing homelessness, mental illness, substance use disorder, people who return home from incarceration, people at risk of being involved in community gun violence, and victims of violence or trauma.
  2. Creating a mobile crisis team: Housed within this new Office of Community Safety, Marilyn will build a city-run mobile crisis team to partner with the police on community-based, health-centered responses to non-violent emergency 911 calls. 
  3. Supporting community-led violence prevention programs: Marilyn’s administration will work closely with the violence-prevention programs that use credible messengers and are evidence-based and offer evidence-informed solutions. Her administration will provide support for the people on the ground who are already doing the work.
  4. Making the police department more responsive: Marilyn will support the Police Chief in recruiting and maintaining a diverse team and ensure that the department provides ongoing training and incentives for officers to join and stay, including:
  •  Workforce development housing for our fire and police departments 
  • Adequate training and support services for police officers who are experiencing trauma and substance abuse
  • Supporting community policing so officers feel connected to the people they serve