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Last August the City undertook an initiative to help our downtown look, feel and become safer. Through this initiative we've engaged community members, taken steps to minimize aggressive panhandling and other nuisance behaviors and formed a task force that will be making recommendations for further action. The overarching value related to this initiative is justice ~ that all residents of our community regardless of income, education or housing status will be treated in a way that is fair and just as we work to make the downtown a place where all feel welcomed. If you would like to give input, we invite you to complete this survey

August 9, 2016 Mayor Hamilton to Announce Downtown Safety and Civility Efforts. Press release

August 9, 2016 Campaign created to encourage donors to give directly to agencies addressing hunger, shelter addiction and mental health issues. Bloomington Gives webpage created.

August 10, 2016 Mayor Hamilton holds news conference announcing Safety, Civility and Justice Initiative. Remarks | Press release

Webpage outlining legal panhandling vs. aggressive panhandling and recommendations for addressing aggressive panhandling. (Originally built September 28, 2009)

October 3, 2016 Mayor Hamilton Updates Progress on Downtown Initiatives. Press release

October 5, 2016 Anti-panhandling signs posted. Panhandling sign installation

October 13, 2016 Locations of anti-panhandling signs. Map

October, 2016 Community Justice and Mediation Center contracted to create and implement process for gathering information from all segments of community on their perceptions of safety downtown

Deliberative Dialogue Stage One begins ~ Nearly 200 community members invited to participate in Focus Groups to discuss perceptions and observations related to downtown safety. Focus groups were: People experiencing homelessness and/or panhandling community, advocacy and community organizations, businesses, local government, the justice system, service organizations, and patrons.

October 28, 2016 Stage One Report completed Executive Summary (PDF 418.33 KB)

October 30, 2016: Indiana Recovery Alliance relocates services from People's Park

November 4, 2016: Deliberative Dialogue Stage Two Process takes place ~ Large group stakeholder dialogue comprised of delegates who had participated in a State 1 Focus Group and had volunteered or been nominated by their peers to continue to Stage 2. Participants engaged in brainstorming and prioritizing ideas for actions that organizations or agencies in the public, private and non-profit sector s could take.

November 29, 2016 Downtown Safety, Civility and Justice Initiative Seeks Public Input / Safety, Civility and Justice Task Force named. Press release

December 3, 2016 Deliberative Dialogue Stage Three Public Meeting. H-T article covering the December 3rd meeting (PDF 4.25 MB)

December 13, 2016 Task Force Expands: Members are (Chair) William Beggs ~ Bunger & Robertson Attorneys at Law, Linda Grove Paul ~ Centerstone, Randy Lloyd ~ T.M. Crowley & Associates, Donald Griffin, Jr. - Griffin Realty, Talisha Coppock ~ Downtown Bloomington, Inc., Barry Lessow ~ United Way, Wendy Hernandez ~ IU Health Bloomington, Kirk White ~ Indiana University, Forrest Gilmore ~ Shalom Community Center, Susan Rinne ~ LifeDesigns

Staff: Beverly Calender-Anderson, Community & Family Resources Department Director, Chief Michael Diekhoff, Bloomington Police Department

January, 2017 Cameras installed in People's Park and Seminary Park. Other cameras can be deployed to areas of concern as needed.

February, 2017: Final Report on Deliberative Dialogue Process issued. Read the Executive Summary here (PDF 361.42 KB), the full report is available upon request. Send request to

February 16, 2017: Safety, Civility and Justice Task Force begins meeting.

Information in Downtown Safety Civility and Justice Initiative