Vince Gray’s plan for public safety is based on five core principles gearedtoward making sure that people
safe – and
safe – regardless of where they live, work, or play.
We must restore coordination and accountability in theDistrict’s public safety efforts.
With all of the different federal andcity agencies involved in the District’s public safety efforts, we need asingle point person to help coordinate all of their efforts. Byreestablishing the position of Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, the District will have a single, senior point of coordination andaccountability for the multitude of city services that must worktogether to ensure the public’s safety and sense of safety.
We must end youth violence and reduce juvenile crime.
It’stime we overhaul our hugely dysfunctional juvenile justice andrehabilitation system so that the city’s youths are less likely to engagein criminal activity and more likely to receive the treatment and wrap-around services they need if they do come in contact with the juvenile justice system.
We must make sure that we bring strategic change to theMetropolitan Police Department.
It’s time the District stoppedpaying lip service to the concept of community policing, and tookconcrete steps to build permanent working relationships with policeofficers and the communities they serve. We need to make theMetropolitan Police Department (MPD) the agency it should be, througha variety of initiatives that will improve crime-fighting strategies,attract high-caliber candidates, reward hard-working officers, andimprove retention.
We must crack down on violent offenders, while creating realopportunities for rehabilitation.
Vince knows that too many of thecriminals we see in the criminal justice system have been arrestedbefore. Recidivism is as much a symptom of the failure of ourrehabilitation and re-entry systems as it is a function of a system thatfails to produce a certainty of punishment. As Mayor, Vince Gray willexplore ways to toughen our criminal code so that people know thatthey’ll spend hard time in prison if they’re convicted of violent crimes.He will also work to improve our offender re-entry system so thatpeople who are coming back into society after being incarceratedstand a better chance at successfully reintegrating themselves withcivil society. Returning citizens want and need jobs and we shouldhelp them achieve that goal.
We must reinvigorate stalled reform of our emergency medical
Keeping our Citizens and Communities SafeVince Gray’s Plan for Public Safety in the Nation’s Capital, Page 2