Skip to Main Content
This link open a new window

Request for Committee Action

A briefing memo explaining the purpose, background, and impact of the requested action.
Unarmed public safety alternatives update (RCA-2022-00405)

City Coordinator's Office
To Committee(s)
# Committee Name Meeting Date
1 Public Health & Safety Committee Apr 20, 2022
Lead Staff:
Brian Smith and Gina Obiri
Presented By:
Gina Obiri, Joni Hodne, Candace Hanson & BCR responders, Rebecca Sandell, Ahmed Adow
Action Item(s)
# File Type Subcategory Item Description
1 Receive & File Update

Receiving and filing an update on the progress of various pilots and implementation projects for unarmed public safety alternative responses.

Previous Actions

2022-00080: Police staffing & efficiency and 911 problem nature code prioritization directive

2021-00736: Behavioral Crisis Response (BCR) and policy analysis update

2021-00332: Public safety transformation alternatives and policy analysis update

2021-00736: Mobile behavioral health crisis response team introduction presentation

2021-00736: Contract with Canopy Mental Health & Consulting to provide professional services to operate 24/7 Mobile Behavioral Health Crisis Response Teams 

2021-00474: Creation of an unarmed Traffic Safety Division staff update

2021-00474: Creation of an unarmed Traffic Safety Division

2021-00336: Public safety transformation alternatives and policy analysis update

2021-00091: Alternative to police response work update

2020-00894: 2021 City Budget

2020-00706: Final alternatives to police response recommendations

2020-00728: Public safety staff directions

2020-00719: 2020 City Budget revisions

2020-00038: MPD staffing and efficiency study update

2019-01297: MPD/911 workgroup final recommendation

2019-01258: 911/MPD Data Study Session

2019-01043: MPD/911 workgroup update

2018-00745: 2019 City Budget

Ward / Neighborhood / Address
# Ward Neighborhood Address
1. All Wards
Background Analysis

In 2020, City Council approved funding for several recommendations, outlined in LIMS file 2020-00894, for unarmed public safety responses. These recommendations aim to provide the right resources to residents at the right time for 1) mental health (PIC / EDP) 911 calls and 2) priority 3 reporting calls. This is being done by leveraging existing City resources and sourcing community resources to meet those needs where they don’t currently exist as a part of the City’s infrastructure.

During 2021, the Office of Performance & Innovation launched several pilot and implementation projects for these unarmed public safety responses. Staff from OPI and the relevant operating departments will share an update on the activities of those pilots/projects since their launch.

  • No fiscal impact anticipated