Somerville Community Invited to Join Public Safety for All Informational Series

Community members can learn more about the upcoming Public Safety for All Report through a series of webinars, recordings, and materials starting May 17

SOMERVILLE – Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the Somerville Department of Racial and Social Justice (RSJ) invite residents to participate in the Public Safety for All (PSFA) Informational Series, which begins on Wednesday, May 17.

The series of live and pre-recorded webinars, hosted by RSJ, is designed to help inform the community about public safety systems, models, and providers currently in place in Somerville in advance of the release of the Public Safety for All Report.

The first webinar, scheduled for May 17, will be a live webinar about mental health and substance abuse recovery services with representatives from the Somerville Police Department’s Community Outreach, Help and Recovery (COHR) program. Later webinars will cover topics including emergency response models, current public safety data in Somerville, conversations with other service providers in Somerville, and more. The PSFA Informational Series sessions will take place this Spring throughout May and June.

For future events, please watch for coming announcements on the RSJ website at, the City Calendar at, sign up for the City e-newsletter at, or follow City social media feeds available in six languages

Registration for the first webinar session on May 17 is now open online. Registration links for later sessions will be shared on the RSJ website, the city calendar, and via City and RSJ social media feeds. Please contact the RSJ Department at for more information or with any questions.

All sessions will be recorded and made available for later viewing by the City’s GovTV team. Watch on-demand with optional closed-captioning (select the CC icon) on Or watch on cable TV at GovTV Comcast Ch. 22 and GovTV Astound (RCN) Ch. 13 & 613. Videos generally post within one to two business days of recording.
Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Adrienne Pomeroy, at 617-625-6600 x2059 or

Interpretation into Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Kreyol, Nepali, Mandarin, Cantonese, or other languages may be available upon advance request by contacting the SomerViva Office of Immigrant Affairs at or calling 311 at 617-666-3311

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