TAPinto Paterson has invited all candidates for Mayor and City Council to offer statements on several key issues related to the future of Paterson. These submissions will be run in their entirety and not edited in any way.
Following are Planning Board Commissioner, and council hopeful, Dr. Lilisa Mimms' views on crime and safety.
A safe city is an attractive city.
Upon election, I plan to work with the council and Mayor to change the culture and negative stigma that has been placed on our city and rebrand and remarket ourselves as a community that has rich diversity, unified people and progressive plans for growth.
In our current budget, $86.5M of the budget goes to public safety and the majority of our personnel do not live here. Therefore, there’s no return on our investment. I would love to see more incentive programs developed to assist with testing, training and preparation to encourage more Patersonians to get employment opportunities.
In times past, there was a consent decree in place that stated the department should reflect the city in which they work and this needs to be revisited. There should be monthly inspections of all surveillance cameras throughout the city to ensure they are in working conditions and have personnel to monitor them.
We also have to establish Community Ward Councils in every ward to listen and respond to your concerns, build pride, decrease crime, strengthen our neighborhoods and take our community back. You can’t provide safety to a neighborhood when you don’t know your neighbors!
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