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City of New Orleans Announces Upcoming Public Safety Summit, Encourages Public to Register

NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans today reminds residents that the Mayor’s Office will host “Public Safety Summit:  Building Connections for a Safer New Orleans” on Saturday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University Medical Center, located at 2000 Canal St. The summit is free and open to the public and will bring together public safety professionals and community members from a broad spectrum of disciplines to work together to address violence reduction in New Orleans.

“The theme of this year’s summit is ‘Building Connections for a Safer New Orleans’ because we know that making our city safer must be a collective effort,” said Criminal Justice Commissioner Tenisha Stevens. “Our goal is that attendees will leave the event with a greater understanding of ongoing violence reduction efforts and will have had an opportunity to collaboratively build solutions to make our city safer for all.”

Mayor Cantrell will be joined by Office of Criminal Justice Coordination Commissioner Tenisha Stevens, Superintendent Anne Kirkpatrick, and other City and public safety officials and faith, community and youth leaders. The participation of public safety professionals across multiple local, state and federal agencies, coupled with City officials and community members, demonstrates the strong collaborative effort necessary to make our city safer.

This Summit is being hosted by the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Coordination, with partners including, but not limited to, Total Community Action, the New Orleans Health Department, the New Orleans Police Department, Ubuntu Village, University Medical Center, Vera Institute of Justice, Dillard University Center for Racial Justice, Tulane University Violence Prevention Institute, and United Way of Southeast Louisiana. The summit is supported by the Safety and Justice Challenge, an initiative by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which invests in locally developed, equity-based solutions that make communities healthier, fairer, and safer.

The Summit is being held to build connections, strengthen partnerships, and leverage resources to collective address violence in New Orleans. Panel topics will include conversations around ongoing strategies to reduce violence by law enforcement, advancing equitable justice, and addressing root causes of violence.

The summit will also include a display of resources for building stronger, more resilient communities. Members of the public are encouraged to register to attend here.


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