This is a list of resources for residence in Urbana and beyond who are interested in learning about public safety, community responder models and related topics. We have held several in-person forums (recordings linked below) and continue to collect resources on these topics. 

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In Person Forums - Recordings

Public Safety Forum organized by Prairie Liberation Center, June 16th, 2024

Audio Recording 

Public Safety Forum #2, March 24th, 2024

Video Recording of event including presentation by the Law Enforcement Action Partnership

Slides from the presentation by Law Enforcement Action Partnership 

Public Safety Forum #1, December 10th, 2023 

Audio Recording featuring community leaders


Local Policy & Report Documents

Police and Fire Department Staffing Study”, also known as the BerryDunn Report - Released March 13th, 2024 on the Website of the City of Urbana

Survey of Alternative and Community Public Safety Responder Models, Cunningham Township Supervisor’s Office


Local Media

As Police Budget Swells, Safety Forum Articulates a Different Vision,” by Jane McClintock, Public i Newspaper, February 2024

"A Dialogue with Urbana Police Chief Larry D. Boone and Jazz icon Branford Marsalis," Produced by Illinois Public Media/Illinois Soul, February 10, 2024 edition of "Dialogue"



March 25th, 2024

Cunningham Township Board meeting - March 25 at 6:30pm at 400 S. Vine Street.

Urbana City Council meeting at 7 p.m., on March 25, 2024 - Michele Weinzetl, the project lead from BerryDunn, will present a summary of the findings of this first phase of the project.


Dec 4th, 2023 - At the December 4th City Council Meeting, the proposal to add 4 police officers was postponed until late Spring, 2024


Other Research & Resources 

Dispatching Community Responders to 911 Calls, 2023 Report - Authored by Law Enforcement Action Partnership, Center for American Progress and NYU Policing Project

The Community Responder Model: How Cities Can Send the Right Responder to Every 911 Call,” 2020 Report, Authored by Law Enforcement Action Partnership and Center for American Progress



Miriam Larson


Executive Director of the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center.