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Message From The Mayor

Mayor Milissa Holland

April 2018

Here's the one true thing I believe about public safety: in today's world where so many things tear us apart, the one stance we take together rests on the magnitude of safety in our community. Our number one obligation as your government officials is to safeguard security in our neighborhoods.

Your City Council presently contracts with the Flagler County Sheriff's Office to ensure your public safety. Together we interact as a high impact safety partnership. Council has authorized five new deputy positions for Palm Coast, dedicated to additional traffic enforcement to make our roads safer. They will be focused on high traffic and crash locations and they'll monitor roadways, with emphasis on speed enforcement and aggressive driving.

Sheriff Staly has also implemented a new Problem Area Crime Enforcement (Pace) unit. It will focus on criminal activity as data is analyzed to determine crime trends and develop suspects. Additionally, a new Domestic Homeland Security section conducts threat assessments for events that anticipate large crowds.

In the wake of recent national incidents involving police and community confrontation, a top priority for our citizens is building trust and creating ongoing dialogue with the Sheriff's force. As community partners, Council consistently reaches out to the Sheriff's Office to ensure they are involved in many of our activities. Their programs are hosted at our facilities and their presence is requested at our events. We proudly support their efforts to broaden their presence and their programs, whether on the streets, at community gatherings or on social media. Meanwhile, there are several things that you can do on your own to help assure your safety:

1. If you see something, say something. Contact the tip line at TIPS@flaglersheriff.com or call CrimeStoppers of North East Florida. Anyone can submit an anonymous tip and be eligible for a reward up to $5,000:1-888-277-TIPS.

2. Pay attention to your surroundings. Don't act like a potential victim.

3. Always lock your vehicle and never leave valuables in site.

4. Don't leave your keys in your car.

Ultimately, your elected officials must do everything possible to protect our citizens. To be successful, we must continue to create an environment not only where people want to live, but also for investors to want to place their resources. If we remain committed to maintain strong relationships and mutual trust with our deputies, together we will continue to keep Palm Coast as a safer, more viable community.

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