[Ord. No. 4421, 10-2-2017]
Public Safety refers to the welfare and protection of the general public. It is usually expressed as a governmental responsibility. Most states have departments for public safety. The primary goal of the department is prevention and protection of the public from dangers affecting safety such as crimes or disasters. In many cases the public safety division will be comprised of individuals from other organizations including police, emergency medical services (EMS), fire force, public transportation officials, and public works.
In general, Public Safety includes signage for traffic control, emergency management, disaster evacuation programs, safety policies and procedures, and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens.
In relation to Police, Public Safety includes hiring of police department staff, salaries, and operational expenses. Other expenses associated with Police includes dispatch, courts, records clerks, education, code enforcement, and bond issues associated with police, police department, or police station.
In relation to Fire, Public Safety includes hiring of fire department staff, salaries, and operational expenses. Other expenses associated with Fire includes dispatch and education.
In relation to Public Works, Public Safety includes park lighting, street lighting, video/cameras in the parks and streets for security surveillance, maintenance, retaining area safety, streets, sidewalks, removing dangerous trees, and demolition.