Arlington is a safe place to live. We must work to keep it that way by making sure that community policing is a priority, that we are prepared for whatever may come out way in terms of emergencies, and that we ensure our police, fire, and emergency medical support are able to respond quickly if anyone needs to dial 911. We must value those who protect us and keep us safe, respecting their service and working with them to make sure that our entire community feels and is respected.
Valuing Those Who Serve
To meet these standards of safety for everyone, we must ensure that we have the capacity and resources to serve and protect our growing population. This will require adequate staffing and equipping of our public safety divisions with enough officers, firefighters and medical technicians and proper equipment to meet the county’s needs.
Protecting Everyone in Arlington
As the Trump Administration demagogues on immigration, the County Board should continue to support everyone in Arlington and should be vigilant in working to make sure every part of our community knows that Arlington remains inclusive and welcoming. Doing so means not participating in the counterproductive Federal 287(g) program, which Arlington has always rejected, continuing to train officers and firefighters in cultural awareness and sensitivity, and responding appropriately to sexual assault, a problem to which we must stand up in firm opposition.
Planning for Our Public Safety Needs
In our planning processes, we must work to maximize the utility for Arlingtonians that are in need. As our population grows in the coming years, we must plan to meet out likewise growing public safety needs. We will need additional officers and firefighters to keep our community safe and must appropriately budget for these needs.
I have served as an assistant city attorney in California and Texas, working with police officers, sheriff’s officers and communities on complaints with respect to public employees. I have also worked with diverse communities in Houston’s Fifth Ward and here in Arlington. I am committed to respecting those who serve, everyone who is in Arlington and needs public safety services, and to working diligently in a data driven manner that keeps Arlington a safe place to live, work and play.