Walton Unveils Public Safety Platform for Safer, Healthier Buffalo

India Walton, Democratic Nominee for Buffalo Mayor, has outlined her Public Safety platform; a holistic approach of evidence-based, data-driven solutions that address root causes of violence and crime for a safer, healthier Buffalo overall. 

Speaking from Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Monday, Walton shared plans for safe neighborhoods, safe schools, safe housing, safe hospitals, safe streets, and safety from gender violence and sexual assault. “For me, the issue of public safety is deeply felt, and deadly serious,” said Walton. “I grew up on the East Side. I have raised four Black boys in Buffalo. I know what it means to fear for the safety and well-being of my closest loved ones.”

Walton noted the housing, healthcare, and job insecurity, intensifying climate crisis, and still-raging pandemic that Buffalonians are still facing on top of devastating gun violence. 

“Let’s not mince words: the rates of gun violence and homicide so far this year make it absolutely clear that the current administration’s   approach to public safety has been an abject failure,” Walton said. “It’s time for a change. It’s time to get serious about public safety in Buffalo.”

The policies in Walton’s public safety platform are based on practices proven to work in Buffalo and elsewhere. Highlights are as follows:

•Safe neighborhoods: Walton’s priorities for City Hall here include a mobile crisis team staffed by trained mental health professionals as a non-violent first responder corps for calls involving mental health crises, and the LIFE Camp model, a multi-faceted approach to interrupting violence.

•Safe schools: Walton, a former school nurse, advocates for reducing class sizes and investing in guidance counselors, therapists, and school nurses, rather than the school-to-prison pipeline.

•Safe housing: An accomplished executive of a democratically-run housing development corporation, Walton believes in fostering Community Land Trusts to provide affordable housing on a permanent basis, and shifting homeless outreach responsibilities from the police department to social workers, community organizers, and other professionals trained in connecting unhoused people to services and housing.

•Safe hospitals: Given that

nurses like Walton and other

hospital workers suffer terrible

rates of workplace violence,

the Democratic nominee

proposes investing in

medical social workers to deescalate

tense situations and

working with organized labor

and Albany to win enforceable

safe nurse-to-patient ratios.

•Safe streets: Walton takes

the evidence-based approach

that infrastructure improvements

are greatly more effective

than routine traffic stops

at reducing traffic collisions,

and supports relocating collision

investigation from the

police department to the Department

of Transportation

to streamline life-saving improvements.

•Safety from gender violence

and sexual assault:

Walton, herself a survivor of

domestic violence, believes

in community-based supports

for survivors and noncarceral

restorative justice

practices to put those who

have done harm on a path

to accountability, amends,

healing and growth.

Find more information about

Walton’s plans at www.indiawalton.

com, Facebook, Twitter

at @indiawaltonbflo and

Instagram at @indiawaltonforbuffalo.