What is the difference between the Community Safety and Wellness Task Force and the City’s Community Safety Department?

The community-led Durham Community Safety and Wellness Task Force was formed by the governing bodies of the City of Durham City Council, Durham County Board of Commissioners, and the Durham Public Schools Board of Education in April 2021. The task force is completely independent from the City’s Community Safety Department, and is “charged with examining the public safety and wellness needs of Durham residents and communities, educating residents on existing safety and wellness resources, and providing recommendations for additional programs to enhance public safety and wellness that rely on community-based prevention, intervention, and re-entry services as alternatives to policing and the criminal legal system.”
 
The role of the City’s Community Safety Department is solely to provide staff support to the Task Force, which may include answering research questions, collecting and analyzing data requested by Task Force members, and providing general administrative support. Community Safety staff do not set or drive the agenda of the Task Force. It is truly a community-led body to pursue alternative response strategies.

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1. What is the purpose of the Task Force and the Round Table? Who are the Task Force members?
2. What is the difference between the Community Safety and Wellness Task Force and the City’s Community Safety Department?
3. How will the information provided during this event be used moving forward? Who will have access to the information?
4. Where will this town hall be hosted?
5. Why is there a stipend and who is eligible to receive it?
6. Why are other cities from across the country invited to this town hall?
7. Is this town hall associated with, or sponsored by, any of the candidates currently running for office in Durham?
8. Outside of the town hall, how can I stay involved in this work?