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Community Safety is Everyone's Responsibility
- Gang Activity

September, 2005

Quick link to a list of community safety tips
(en Español).

The City’s is absolutely committed to the safety and well-being of the people who live and work in our community - and this is particularly true in light of gang violence in some of our neighborhoods.

The only effective way to address this problem is through a partnership between the City and the community. The City cannot solve the problem alone - we need the commitment and participation of everyone in our community if we are to effectively fight the gang problem.

One of the keys to a safe community is to know and communicate with your neighbors – talk to each other, be aware of what’s going on in your neighborhood, and immediately report to the police any suspicious activity or vehicles that you observe.

Be sure your kids don’t fall into the gang or drug lifestyle. Take advantage of after-school programs through our Parks department and Library; look into our Police Activities League (PAL) programs; involve your kids in after-school study groups or activities through their school; be aware of your kids’ friends and who they hang out with; and talk to your kids about gangs, drugs, and how to resist them and stay safe.

Click here for a list of additional community safety tips that will help to keep you, your family, and your neighborhood safe (en Español).

There are a number of things that the City is doing right now to combat this violence:

  • The police department has added additional officers to its Street Crime Suppression Team, in conjunction with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, which focuses solely on gang and drug activity;
  • The City Council approved a significant increase in funding to the police department to be used to further strengthen its anti-gang enforcement work;
  • The police department is greatly increasing the number of officers patrolling the problem areas, focusing on specific locations where gang activity is known to occur;
  • The City is organizing meetings with affected individuals and neighborhood groups to share information and ideas on what each of us, as individual members of our community, can do to help solve this problem.

With your partnership in this effort, we are confident that we can make a huge difference. Let’s work together to keep our community safe for our families today, and for the future.

 

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