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Public Safety

Aerial photo of downtown Oakland.

Theme Score: 17.3

Public Safety is a critical area of concern for any city. Though national conversations have recently brought a lot of attention to racial and ethnic disparities in public safety, this is a long-standing problem area that can have severe negative impacts on communities of color.
Public Safety was the lowest scoring of all the Themes in the Oakland Equity Indicators framework. The 12 Indicators within the Public Safety Theme examine inequities faced by racial and ethnic minorities across four Topic areas: Incarceration, Law Enforcement, Staffing, and Community Stressors.
The lowest scoring Topic was Incarceration (1.0), followed by Community Stressors (1.7). The other two Topics were somewhat higher scoring, Law Enforcement (18.3) and Staffing (48.3). Incarceration and Community Stressors are the two lowest scoring Topics in the entire report. Though Law Enforcement and Staffing are higher scoring, they still have substantial room for improvement. They are also areas over which the City has somewhat more control and therefore merit further investigation into strategies for change.
Follow the links to explore all topics or download and read the full report.