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Citizens Safety Task Force

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings

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In the span of three weeks during 2020, Orange County experienced seven shootings involving children 17 and younger. Two of these tragic and senseless shootings resulted in fatalities; one child was just three years old. Many of these shootings have been tied to gang violence. Mayor Demings consulted with faith leaders and community members about creating a Citizens Safety Task Force aimed at reducing and preventing gun violence and violent crime in the community.

The task force is comprised of 30+ members representing diverse backgrounds who can help identify solutions to longstanding community problems. The participants include young adults, youth mentors, faith-based leaders, behavioral health professionals, community advocates, law enforcement, education and prevention professionals, and service-based organizations.

Meeting Calendar

Watch the upcoming meetings live on OrangeTV or view them afterwards on the Video Archive.

Date & Time Group Location & Resources
Nov. 6, 2020
1:30 p.m.
Full Task Force

Barnett Park Magic Gym
4801 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32808

Dec. 9, 2020
10 a.m.
Full Task Force

West Orange Recreation Center | Magic Gym

Jan. 15, 2021
2 p.m.
Full Task Force

South Econ Recreation Center, Magic Gym

Jan. 20, 2021
2 p.m.
Intervention Subcommittee Holden Heights Community Center
Jan. 21, 2021
2 p.m.
Prevention Subcommittee Holden Heights Community Center, A,B,C Conference Room
Jan. 21, 2021
11:30 a.m.
Enforcement Subcommittee Holden Heights Community Center
Jan. 25, 2021
2 p.m.
Prosecution Subcommittee Barnett Park Recreation Center, Dolphin Room
Jan. 27, 2021
5:30 p.m.
Community Meeting New Life Church, 3311 N. Powers Drive
Jan. 28, 2021
2 p.m.
Enforcement Subcommittee Holden Heights Community Center
Feb. 3, 2021
2 p.m.
Intervention Subcommittee Holden Heights Community Center
Feb. 4, 2021
2 p.m.
Prevention Subcommittee Holden Heights Community Center, A,B,C Conference Room
Feb. 10, 2021
2 p.m.
Full Task Force Goldenrod Recreation Center, Magic Gym
4863 N. Goldenrod Road, Winter Park, FL 32792
Feb. 11, 2021
2 p.m.
Enforcement Subcommittee Holden Heights Community Center
Feb. 11, 2021
2 p.m.
Prevention Subcommittee Facilities Management, Facilities Training Room
Feb. 16, 2021
2 p.m.
Enforcement Subcommittee Holden Heights Community Center
Feb. 18, 2021
2 p.m.
Prevention Subcommittee Holden Heights Community Center, A,B,C Conference Room
Feb. 24, 2021
2 p.m.
Enforcement Subcommittee Holden Heights Community Center
Feb. 25, 2021
2 p.m.
Prevention Subcommittee Holden Heights Community Center, A,B,C Conference Room
Mar. 3, 2021
2 p.m.
Enforcement Subcommittee Holden Heights Community Center
Mar. 4, 2021
2 p.m.
Prevention Subcommittee Holden Heights Community Center, A,B,C Conference Room
Mar. 10, 2021
2 p.m.
Full Task Force Silver Star Recreation Center, Magic Gym
2801 N. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32818

Goal & Objectives

Goal

Orange County Citizens Safety Task Force goal is to identify solutions and strategies to reduce and prevent gun violence and violent crime in the community.

Objectives

  1. Review state and local data on gun violence and violent crimes.
  2. Examine youth and young adult risk and protective factors associated with gun
    violence and violent crime.
  3. Research evidence-based programs and best practices that prevent and reduce
    gun violence and violent crime.
  4. Review existing programs and services in the community
  5. Review intervention strategies that deter the possession, carrying and use of
    illegal firearms.
  6. Identify strategies that will mobilize the community and enhance engagement.
  7. Expand prosecution of gun violence and violent crimes.

Contact Us

Office of the Orange County Mayor
201 S. Rosalind Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801

Email: CitizensSafety@ocfl.net
Phone: (407) 836-7370

All e-mail sent to this address becomes part of Orange County public record. Comments received by our e-mail subsystem can be read by anyone who requests that privilege. In compliance with "Government in the Sunshine" laws, Orange County Government must make available, at request, any and all information not deemed a threat to the security of law enforcement agencies and personnel.