Mayor Roy D. Buol and the Dubuque City Council hosted a community forum in September 2009 to initiate open dialogue on crime issues in our community and how to address them. The forum was attended by more than 130 citizens. In response to this high level of community engagement, the Mayor and City Council appointed 25 volunteer citizens to a "Safe Community Task Force."
This diverse group of volunteers was asked to holistically look at both the causes of, and solutions to, crime in Dubuque and provide recommend goals and objectives to the leadership of Dubuque. Beyond the 25 appointed members, the Safe Community Task Force utilized sub-committees and work groups to get all interested parties involved. The sub-committees are: 1) neighborhood engagement/social capital, 2) enforcement, 3) management of physical environment, and 4) research and facts. A series of meetings were held and a number of recommendations were submitted to the City Council for further action.
On October 4, 2010, the City Council approved (upon recommendation from the Task Force) the creation of a Safe Community Advisory Committee. This committee has been commissioned for a year to oversee the implementation progress of the recommendations submitted to the City Council by the task force. The Safe Community Advisory Committee will commence with its work after the Safe Community Task Force has completed their final round of recommendations.
Additional information from the task force will be made available as their efforts progress. Residents interested in volunteering on a subcommittee of the safe community task force should contact the City Manager's Office at 589-4110.