In April 2021, City Council adopted resolution R-21-129 directing the city administrator to implement an unarmed crisis response program in the City of Ann Arbor. Such a program would utilize existing partnerships with social and human services agencies to structure a new crisis response program that would take charge of a portion of non-criminal calls for service that have historically been dispatched by police officers.
Responsive to Council's request, staff prepared an interim report on unarmed policy response, which was provided to Council on December 21, 2021. The memo detailed staff research and understanding of the issues and proposed a path forward for building and implementing an unarmed response program in Ann Arbor.
Currently the city is starting a community engagement process to learn from residents what their priorities are for the program. The results of community engagement will inform the final recommendation to the Council for the formation and structure of the program.
As directed in Resolution R-21-129, the City of Ann Arbor is tasked with exploring opportunities for an unarmed response to public safety calls in the city. The City of Ann Arbor has asked Public Sector Consultants (PSC), a Lansing-based, nonpartisan research and consulting public policy firm, to help gather input from community members about how to develop and implement this program. As a part of this process, PSC is conducting a community survey on the goals, design, and implementation of an unarmed response program. The survey should take less than 10 minutes. Your responses are confidential and will only be used to inform program development. Only aggregated responses will be publicly available. Please mail or return this survey to the Ann Arbor City Clerk's office (second floor) at 301 East Huron Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, or complete the online survey via the link below by 4pm on Friday, November 4, 2022 so that your responses may be recorded.
Link to online survey: Unarmed Response Survey
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