Mayor Joyce Craig has been working since day one to keep Manchester a safe and healthy place to live, work, and raise a family. By collaborating with the Police Department, Fire Department, Health Department, and community partners the City of Manchester is providing services that help protect vulnerable residents, and ensure the safety of everyone in the city. There is still more work to be done, but Mayor Craig has seen success in reducing crime across the city, expanding services, and getting people the help they need.
Improving Public Safety:
- Proposed and secured funding to add fifteen new officers to the Manchester Police Department ensuring a complete complement of officers at all times
- Increased the number of officers on patrol during overnight shifts
- Opened lines of communication between downtown business owners and police officers by increasing foot patrols
- Fully-funded body cameras in the fiscal year 2020 city budget for the Manchester Police Department officers for the first time ever
- Joins Manchester Police officers for regular ride-alongs
- Endorsed by the Manchester Police Patrolman’s Association and Manchester Association of Police Supervisors
Helping End Homelessness:
- Provided funding to the homeless shelter to stay open during the day to provide services including substance misuse treatment, mental health programing, and healthcare.
- Provided $2.8 million in federal funds for homelessness prevention and affordable housing through the recently approved FY2020 budget
- Added a Homelessness Prevention and Response Coordinator—who started in September 2019— to the Health Department through a partnership with the Granite United Way
- Added four new outreach workers to reach out to individuals who are homeless and help connect them to services
Combating the Opioid Crisis:
- Worked collaboratively to make the existing Safe Station treatment process more effective, decreasing the average time to get into treatment from 2-3 weeks to 2-3 days
- Working with partners in the state government to redesign of the state’s Doorways program to provide better services in other communities to take the burdens of the state off Manchester
- Bringing in partners from cities across the country to learn from the success of other communities in addressing the opioid epidemic
- Working with the Fire and Health Departments to ensure the Safe Stations program can continue to provide life saving treatment
- Working with community partners to expand treatment and recovery services available to people in need.
- Her efforts to pull together first responders, hospitals, and providers together resulted in a 16 percent decrease in opioid overdoses Manchester in 2019, the first decrease since the epidemic began