Since 1995, public safety stakeholders in Multnomah County have met monthly as the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC) to coordinate their policies and operations and collectively address issues critical to public safety.
The Council, chaired by Multnomah County Chair Jessica Vega Pederson, also directs the work of subcommittees and smaller workgroups focusing on emerging issues within the justice system, such as youth violence prevention, law enforcement agency alignment, pre-trial supervision, and mental health services in the justice system.
Senate Bill 1145 (1995) established LPSCCs in each of Oregon’s 36 counties for the express purpose of “coordinat[ing] local criminal justice policy among affected criminal justice entities” (ORS 423.560); SB 1145 funding is used to staff the Council.
The Multnomah County’s Local Public Safety Council (LPSCC) has a three-part mission:
1. Governmental Coordination
The central purpose of LPSCC is to coordinate the public safety plans, policies, operations & strategies of local government agencies to improve the local public safety system’s cost-effectiveness & responsiveness to the needs of the community.
2. Collaborative Leadership
To accomplish this goal, LPSCC convenes leaders from local governments, public safety, social service & education agencies, private service providers & local communities throughout the County to collaborate on the development of
- solutions to problems in the intergovernmental operation of the public safety system,
- coordinated policies to improve that system, and
- use evidence-based strategies to address critical issues affecting community safety.
3. Research & Analysis
To guide & support LPSCC’s efforts & to ensure its plans, policies & strategies are cost-effective & evidence-based, LPSCC’s staff:
- surveys & evaluates the latest research in public safety policies & strategies,
- oversees the operation of “DSS-Justice,” the County’s public safety data warehouse & decision support system, and
- provides analysis of issues relating to the cost-effectiveness & responsiveness of the local public safety system.