August 12, 2022  

Kamal Baker

Mayor Carter Invites Community Members  
to Apply to Serve on the  
Neighborhood Safety Community Council

Applications Open Now Through September 16 to Serve on New Neighborhood Safety Community Council Which Will Help Shape Saint Paul’s Office of Neighborhood Safety Efforts

Saint Paul, MN – Today, Mayor Carter invited members of the community to apply to serve on the new Neighborhood Safety Community Council (NSCC) which will help shape the strategies and investments of Saint Paul’s Office of Neighborhood Safety.

"Thousands of residents have leaned in over the past several years to inform our Community-First Public Safety Framework,” said Mayor Carter. “The purpose of this Council is to center those voices in this work for good.” 

“The most vital work and success will come from community voices sharing their insights and experiences regarding what safety looks like in our neighborhoods,” said Director Blakey. “This is an opportunity to guide this most valuable work, and I look forward to working collaboratively with our members to pursue innovative approaches to improving safety for all our community members.” 

As detailed in the city’s administrative code, this 15-member group will work with the Director of the Office of Neighborhood Safety to develop an annual strategic plan that identifies, recommends and prioritizes public safety initiatives, establishes areas of focus, and monitors justice and violence prevention metrics and indicators. This work will also include reviewing and reporting on the effectiveness of activities and initiatives undertaken by the Office of Neighborhood Safety.    

The NSCC will also make recommendations for grant-making activities related to enhancing public safety. In this capacity, the group will review and evaluate funding proposals. The recent announcement of $4 million for grants by the Mayor reflects the resources the NSCC will work with the Office of Neighborhood Safety to allocate in support of neighborhood safety efforts across Saint Paul.  

Additionally, the NSCC will advise staff on coordination of community engagement regarding community safety and gather input from residents regarding budget priorities. The NSCC will meet at least four times per year, with additional meetings taking place as often as necessary, and members will receive a stipend of $50.00 per meeting. 

More information about the Office of Neighborhood Safety and the Neighborhood Safety Community Council can be found here. Community members can apply now through 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16th on the City’s Boards and Commissions, Openings and Application | Saint Paul Minnesota (  


Last Edited: August 12, 2022