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Committee discusses public safety issues.

At a meeting hosted by Ocala, Fla., Council Member Mary Rich, the Public Safety and Crime Prevention (PSCP) Steering Committee met to discuss issues related to homeland security, immigration and interoperability of public safety equipment.

The committee, chaired by Willmar, Minn., Mayor Lester Heitke, also recommended a resolution outlining the municipal concerns surrounding the PATRIOT Act.

The committee recommended strong policy on local law enforcement's role in immigration enforcement. The committee also drafted resolutions stating its opposition to the proposed CLEAR Act and current Haitian immigration policies.

Regarding homeland security, the committee drafted strong language on the important role of local government in protecting the homeland.

A resolution stating cities' concerns with the current Homeland Security Advisory System was also approved. After discussing the USA PATRIOT Act at length, the committee agreed to a resolution that affirms the principles of federalism and civil liberties of citizens.

The issue of interoperability of public safety equipment was discussed extensively, with the committee drafting a resolution jointly with the Information Technology and Communications (ITC) Committee that strongly urges the federal government to adequately fund interoperable equipment and training. This issue continues to be an important one for the committee.

The committee is looking forward to discussing these proposals in detail with the PSCP Policy Committee at the Congress of Cities ha Nashville, Tenn., in December.

The PSCP Policy Committee meeting is Wednesday, December 10, at 9:00 a.m. For further information, please contact Katherine Bates, policy manager, at
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Title Annotation:Public Safety and Crime Prevention Steering Committee
Author:Bates, Katherine
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 27, 2003
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