As Philadelphia’s District Attorney, Lynne has been on the front lines in the fight to make our streets safer. She has put away murderers and rapists. Lynne knows that too many sons, daughters, fathers and mothers have been victims of violent crimes and she understands the hardships that each act of violence brings to a neighborhood.
As Mayor, Lynne will:
- Work to put an end to senseless violence and start building a safer Philadelphia, because we cannot allow another generation to walk down the same unsafe streets.
- Appoint a Police Commissioner with a proven track record for fighting crime, using community-based policing while respecting individual civil rights. Lynne will ensure that the Police Department has the necessary funds, staff training and equipment to protect all Philadelphians. As Mayor Lynne will address the concerns of minorities, fight racism and discrimination, and protect our citizens.
- Review the feasibility of having each patrol officer wear a body camera and equip each police patrol and investigative vehicle with a dashboard camera.
- Support expansion of the Philadelphia Fire Department’s “Freedom from Fire” program. This initiative has been an extremely effective tool for disseminating information about safety and preventing and reducing the risk of fire.
- Increase the staffing and funding of the Department of Human Services to adequately provide for the safety and well being of our children who are at risk for abuse, neglect and delinquency. Preventing violence against children has been, and will continue to be, a priority of Lynne’s leadership agenda.
- Assure that the Department of Licenses and Inspections is fully staffed, funded, trained and supervised so that we never have another disaster like that which occurred at the Salvation Army store at 22nd and Market Streets.
- Abandoned buildings and vacant properties that pose imminent danger to our citizens and should be demolished by licensed professionals under supervision of qualified City inspectors.
- Initiate further enhancements of our message switch system as part of our preparedness against terrorism. This system serves as the backbone for the exchange of public safety information between the City and State.
- Perform a thorough review of the City’s public surveillance system to determine whether placement of additional cameras will improve safety and aid in fighting crime and terrorism.
- Support decriminalization of the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use. Lynne does not, however, support decriminalization for children and adolescents. The Council ordinance that requires policemen to write a $25 ticket for possession will not be enforced! It is unnecessary, has a disparate economic effect, and diverts police from more important activities – like fighting crime.
- Seek to expand the activities of PhillyRising, the Youth Violence Reduction Partnership, the Town Watch Integrated Services, the Office of Emergency Management and other community-based or governmental organizations that play major roles in keeping our citizens safe.
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