Safe, Healthy and Secure
For a community to prosper, it must be safe, secure and healthy. Meridian will invest in activities and services that enhance public safety and community health to build a stronger community and promote the quality of life that its citizens and employees expect.
Meridian continues to be one of the safest cities in Idaho and we strive to keep it that way. A safe community has many components. These are places where people want to be; where they know their neighbors; where there is a connection to the community; and where they are safe. We are pro-active in helping create an atmosphere where neighbors can meet neighbors, important in our efforts to be a premiere place to live.
Meridian is taking an aggressive position regarding the illegal use of drugs and alcohol which can destroy communities; one person, one family, one neighborhood at a time. Prevention programs such as the Meridian Anti-Drug Coalition (MADC) are an important part of being a safe community. This Coalition, is made up of neighbors, faith communities, and business leaders who have formed a strong partnership to prevent substance abuse. Working with partners like PAL, the West Ada School District, and others- MADC will continue to 'fight for our families'.
Our strategic 'rooting of crime' through our Impact Team, bicycle patrols, and working with citizens will continue. In addition, we will use Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety, our crime analysis tool, to identify crime areas to address the cause not just react to the symptoms. These efforts along the Eagle Road corridor have produced a reduction in the numbers of serious crashes, as well as a decrease in DUI's, drug offenses, shoplifting and vandalism.
Our Fire Department has taken the lead in Heartsafe Meridian, an initiate to increase the cardiac arrest survivability in our community. By promoting early access to EMS, providing CPR education for City employees and citizens, facilitating access to AED's and continuing to expand and enhance Early Advance Care based on the American Heart Association's "Chain of Survival" we are striving to increase the cardiac arrest survival rate in Meridian. In 2015 the Department added the bike medic program for a quicker response during big events – knowing every second counts.
Promoting events like National Night Out and Neighborhood Watch are an important part of our fire and police prevention programs. Combined with our award winning citizen park patrol in Kleiner Park and public safety citizen academy, there are opportunities for neighbors to meet neighbors and citizens to meet citizens, people are brought together in Meridian. Through these events citizens gather and learn; discuss concerns and seek solutions; or band together to watch out for their neighbor and keep their streets safe.
We’re not only watching out for your safety, but also your health and security. That’s why the City, with the help of many partners, launched DO THE RIGHT – a now annual event held every April. The goal of the day is to encourage people of all ages to do something nice for the person to their right – a reminder of the importance of kindness and compassion in our world today.