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Keeping You Safe
The following list details initiatives taken to increase public safety efforts within Pierce County. Recently, the county executive has:
  • Coordinated the voter-approved plan to consolidate our patchwork 911 emergency communications system into a seamless platform - South Sound 911 will create efficiencies and make first responders and the public safer.
  • Increased the criminal justice system's share of General Fund spending to approximately 79 percent, even in the face of significant budget cuts
  • Used the veto pen to fight to retain a Superior Court judge position and fill the vacancy as quickly as possible
  • Assisted the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department with informing the public about the availability of the H1N1 flu vaccine
  • Actively working on flood control issues including working with stakeholders of the executive's Puyallup River Task Force and the County Council
  • Completed a Public Works and Utilities project to reduce flooding near 84th and Canyon, while improving wildlife habitat
  • Combined code enforcement officers from two agencies to increase service and eliminate redundancies as they investigate complaints and assist property owners
  • Joined more than 500 people and 50 agencies that participated in the 2009 Shake 'n Quake exercise to test emergency preparedness in the event of an earthquake
  • Launched Pierce County ALERT, which enables the public to sign up to receive emergency alerts in a number of ways, including emails and text messages