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 has a community engagement process underway to learn from residents what their priorities are for the program. The results of community engagement will inform the final recommendation to City Council for the formation and structure of the program.
January Public Forums
- Monday, January 9, at 1 p.m. — in-person at the downtown Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave., basement multipurpose room.
- Thursday, January 12, at 6 p.m. — in-person at the Pittsfield Ann Arbor District Library Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Drive, program room.
- Thursday, January 19, at 6 p.m. — *online via Zoom https://pscinc.co/discuss, Meeting ID: 859 4501 3079, Passcode: 090446
- View Public Forum Flyer
- View News Release - Issued Dec. 22, 2022
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 conducted a community survey that closed on Nov. 4 to gather feedback about the goals, design, and implementation of an unarmed response program. Community feedback will be used to inform program development.
Program Related Documents