COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) – Columbia was named America’s Safest City for the fourth year in a row by WalletHub.
The ranking was selected from 182 cities and was based on the criteria of home and community security, natural disaster risk and financial security.
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“This award is a testament to the great quality of life we value in Howard County,” said County Executive Calvin Ball. “For many of us, home is a place where you feel safe and part of an inclusive community. We all want to be and feel safe in our neighborhood. I would like to thank our police officers, firefighters and paramedics, social workers, community representatives and committed residents for working together to achieve this honor again for our community. Public safety and the safety of our community continue to be my top priority. I understand that we still have a lot to do, and I will continue to make sure that every ward in Howard County is and feels as safe as it can be. “
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“Howard County continues to have one of the lowest crime rates in the state and region,” said Police Chief Lisa Myers. “We focus on restorative justice programs to reduce relapses and distract people from the criminal justice system where possible. We also train our officers and dispatchers in crisis intervention techniques to safely resolve mental crises without injuries or criminal arrests. Combined with our outreach programs and our commitment to police justice, these efforts help reduce the impact of crime on the communities in which we operate. “
“Columbia was built on the principle that people of all backgrounds – together – form a vibrant community,” said Lakey Boyd, president and CEO of the Columbia Association (CA). “The high quality of life that we can enjoy is achieved when each individual feels safe to be who they are, live in their neighborhood, send their children to school and enjoy public spaces. CA is grateful to be part of this mission, and this team continues to be committed to providing places and programs that make everyone feel welcome and safe around them. We thank everyone who works tirelessly to bring Columbia this kind of recognition. “
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