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Joyce Dudley: It’s All About Public Safety

By Joyce Dudley |

It’s all about public safety.

Joyce Dudley
Joyce Dudley

As members of society, whenever tragedies strike we are always reminded first about what is most important to us: the safety and security of those we hold close and those in our greater community.

Whether we are fighting fires, seeking answers to a public heath crisis or confronting random acts of despicable violence, it all comes down to public safety and what we can learn to better protect ourselves and others. This is especially true when it comes to our most vulnerable victims — those who cannot protect themselves.

From my perspective, the only unacceptable response is apathy — that is, for us to quietly go on because we have become a society of “the learned helpless.”

I call upon myself and each of you to do something to positively affect our public’s safety. For some it will mean volunteering at a local school, for others at a nonprofit organization. For others it will mean fighting for funds for mental health research\treatment, and for some creating new laws that can truly make a difference.

Many of you may decide you can best serve public safety in a very public way, while others will seek to help one person who could severely affect our public’s health and safety.

Whatever you think you can do, now is the time to do it. Let the unimaginable pain and anguish of those affected by the Sandy Hook tragedy inspire, empower and motivate you to do what you only once thought about doing but soon got distracted by your own feelings of frustration, inadequacy and helplessness. Don’t let the fact that you can’t solve the problem delay you from making a difference for even one potential victim.

Our overall goal is to increase public safety. Your action does define who you are and who we are as residents of Santa Barbara County and the United States of America.

Joyce Dudley is Santa Barbara County’s district attorney.

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» on 12.19.12 @ 03:08 PM


» on 12.20.12 @ 01:44 AM

Go after the gangs until they are finished, that’s what we want. The low life’s dirty life style over, and our families are safe.

» on 12.20.12 @ 11:42 AM

You, Joyne, might want to look at these justified officer-involved shootings a bit closer.  Seem like a public safety issue to me.

» on 12.20.12 @ 11:56 AM

Public safety in Santa Barbara is reporting police misconduct to the AG and filing litigation in federal court, since we have a DA who supports their crimes against residents.

» on 12.20.12 @ 03:30 PM

It is interesting she talks about public safety (yes here it comes) BUT as a politically active wet behind the ears attorney type she, Hana Beth Jackson, Mayor Miller, and whole bunch just like them refused to back reasonable health regulations about HIV auto immune infections. Clear proven medically correct public health processes that worked.

Back then they and the left intentionally blocked legislation requiring notification of relatives and those having close personal relations with infected people.  As a result literally tens of thousands died needlessly because it was not POLITICALLY CORRECT.

She is backhandedly taking on the 2nd Amendment with convoluted political speak. 

Where is her call for a regulation for the disclosure in the State of California of psychiatric diagnosis making sale or possession of firearms dangerous?  Oh that is right, the politically correct crowd has, along with HIV history, blocked the disclosure of patient records in the state of California and made it a social issue. 

How many mental cases have been involved with horrendous acts like these?  Too many.

She knows the prosecution of all crimes involving firearms at the Federal level dramatically drops the rate of these crimes.  The Obama Administration has a lousy record of prosecution of these incidents… she did not mention it.  But what the heck why go after these types they might come back to Fast and Furious…. still no prosecution at the cabinet level.

» on 12.20.12 @ 09:25 PM

Daryl Genis:  Can you pursue Officer Beutel in federal court?  Will you, please?  Along with all those in SBPD and local gov Who participated in covering her crimes.  Yes, I’m now fully convinced of her guilt, given the complete stone wall presented by the City.  But we do need a trial to formally find this and assess penalties.

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