1. Public Safety. Public safety is a multifaceted issue that needs to be addressed more vigorously and with greater focus. Improved public safety includes efforts to reduce the sale and use of drugs, developing options for our homeless population and addressing crime and mental health issues. Supporting our local police department as they work with other law enforcement officials to address the issues that have and will arise in our community is vital to our success. Continuing to work the Carroll County drug task force and states attorney’s office on a city level is imperative. An additional key to this issue is collaboration with our service agencies, law enforcement and judicial system more. We need to seek their suggestions and input, educate all involved and brainstorm on solutions that fit our community. Partnering with local colleges, the health department, and local agencies to expand services will help to address these issues. Offering more downtown family activities such as the successful Flower and Jazz fest, the wine stroll, and concerts in the park will increase exposure to all the city has to offer and will create a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. We need to encourage more involvement of residents and businesses so that we can work together on the goal to make Westminster a safe community. By sharing our ideas and resources we can progress toward a safer, more attractive community.