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A SAFE, civil, AND just CITY

 

Understanding our challenge

Using data-driven analysis to provide a safe and civil environment for those who live, work and visit Bloomington

 

Bloomington has always been a community that cares.

For decades, our faith community, nonprofits, educators and local government have worked tirelessly to help those in need. We've hosted overnight shelters in church basements, offered counseling and medical help, and tackled policy issues like affordable housing and wage growth.  However, recent challenges have demanded an even greater community response.

Like many cities around the nation, Bloomington has experienced the effects of the Great Recession, the opioid crisis, and homelessness. The CIty's Safety, Civility, and Justice (SCJ) Task Force was announced on August 11, 2016 in response to public concerns about aggressive panhandling and public safety in downtown Bloomington. This group, comprised of social service providers, downtown business owners, law enforcement, and members of the public, was tasked to form policy recommendations to address these issues in an inclusive and community-focused way. These issues do not exist in a vacuum. They have complex intersections that often defy easy categorization. That is why the SCJ Task Force recommended that the City of Bloomington pursue a metrics- and data-driven approach to these issues. 

The Safety, Civility, and Justice Metrics team identified seven areas for measurement: Parks, Kirkwood Corridor/Downtown, Neighborhoods, Court System/First Responders, Social Services, City Funding/Economic Index, and Community Health. This website gathers data from an array of City of Bloomington departments, social service providers, nonprofits, medical centers, and economic vitality indicators in an effort to set baselines for each criterion and help improve our community's understanding of the aforementioned challenge.

Although we've made progress, this challenge will require a sustained, steady, community-wide effort. We'll update this site as we progress and gather feedback from the community. Our goal is to make our community as safe, civil, and just as possible.

 

Safety, Civility, and Justice Data Sets

Throughout this website you will find interactive data dashboards. You can manipulate data by right-clicking on a dashboard, and by left-clicking you can download data files, exclude data sets, and view specific records.

 Click on the pictures below to view collections of data dashboards by topic.

OUR PLAN

On August 11, 2016, the City of Bloomington announced the Safe, Civil, and Just City Initiative in response to safety concerns in downtown Bloomington. 

The Community Justice and Mediation Center (CJAM) Report details these concerns and outlines potential solutions.

The SCJ Task Force Report includes further recommendations.


UPDATES FROM THE CITY

"Cities around the nation are looking for solutions to address the opioid crisis, homelessness concerns and mental health care. I am confident that we will continue to meet these challenges with determination and with compassion, and continue to build a bright future for Bloomington and Bloomingtonians."

Mayor John Hamilton, July 27, 2017

 

February 1, 2018 Update

Mayor Hamilton, Police Chief Mike Diekhoff, and Community and Family Resources Director Beverly Calendar Anderson provided updates pertaining to the implementation of SCJ Task Force recommendations. 

July 6, 2017 UPDATE

Mayor Hamilton, Police Chief Mike Diekhoff, and Community and Family Resources Director Beverly Calendar Anderson spoke about the City's efforts to implement the SCJ Task Force's final recommendations.

July 27, 2017 UPDATE

Mayor Hamilton, Police Chief Mike Diekhoff, and County Council Commissioner Amanda Barge gave an update on the City's progress and touched on the city and county response to the opioid crisis. 

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A TIMELINE OF EVENTS

The timeline below links to news articles from the Indianapolis Star, the Herald-Times, and national news organizations. Click the text and the corresponding article will open in a new window. 

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In need? Get help.

If you or someone you know is in need of help you can use the map and links below to navigate service options within Bloomington. Simply scroll over the colored dots on the map to find out more about the services offered. To view services in a list format click here.

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Tell us your story.

Have you been impacted by addiction and/or homelessness challenges within our community? We want to hear your story.     

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