Public Safety Responsibilities
Municipal public safety responsibilities encompass:
- Bylaw enforcement
- Fire safety standards and enforcement
- Fire suppression
- Building inspection
- Emergency planning
- Street lighting
- Water and sewage treatment monitoring
Other public safety responsibilities, such as policing may also be included since it is a major expense for some municipalities. Municipalities need to determine whether their current capacity is adequate to provide additional services if the municipality grows.
Industry, business and residents often require more than a “minimum” level of public safety. Although these minimums are often established in legislation, municipal leaders need to assess their residents’ tolerance for risk. The implementation of public safety measures and services will likely depend on the type and size of the municipality.
Public Safety Resources