At its September 10 meeting, the City Council voted to establish a Safe Community Task Force 2020 for a period of six months, with the goal to ensure Irvine remains a safe place for our residents and visitors.
This Task Force will be comprised of 12 members with Mayor Shea and Councilmember Carroll serving as co-chairs.
The Safety Committee Task Force will serve with the goals of:
- Gathering information from community stakeholders;
- Examining incidents that have occurred in other communities;
- Analyzing neighborhood community safety issues;
- Campus safety issues;
- Safety ethics;
- Cultural and ethnic diversity issues,
- Mental Health issues;
- Raising awareness including prevention awareness, and;
- Red flag laws.
Additionally, the Task Force will prepare regular updates to the City Council on the progress made, and will issue a final comprehensive report at the completion of the Task Force, to be presented and issued to the City Council and to the residents of the City of Irvine.
History and Background on the Safety Community Task Force
The Irvine City Council and the Irvine Unified School District Board of Education met in joint session Wednesday, December 16, 1992, to discuss issues of community safety.
The meeting was prompted by a series of incidents in the community involving suspected youth gangs and shootings. After hearing public comments and discussing issues of open vs. closed campuses, open enrollment and other matters related to campus security, the joint panel voted unanimously to appoint a community task force to study the matter further.