PORTLANDThe City’s Racial Equity Steering Committee will be hosting remote public comment sessions to solicit feedback on the ways that the City interacts with area agencies and organizations in the name of public safety. The Committee is interested in knowing which existing organizations in the city enhance public safety. The Committee is also interested in hearing abouts ways the City could further support the work organizations and agencies are doing in the name of public safety.

The first public comment sessions will come during the Committee’s Thursday, December 17, 2020 meeting from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The next public comment session will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

Public comment sessions are held on Zoom, and can be accessed through the agendas at www.portlandmaine.gov/agendas.

For reference, the Committee’s working definition of public safety includes:

Protecting the wellbeing of people of all races & ethnicities, communities, and organizations.

  1. Safeguarding people from crimes, disaster, and other potential dangers and threats, and reducing fear
  2. Ensuring that all people get a fair and equitable chance to lead a high quality of life that is not predicted by race.