Community Safety

Mission Statement

The Department of Commerce is committed to building strong communities to support successful businesses and self-sufficient families. Strengthening communities is at the heart of our work. Strong communities must be safe communities. The Department of Commerce works hand-in-hand with local and regional agencies, public health officials, law enforcement, community organizations and individual community members to address the impact of crime, substance abuse and violence to facilitate the availability of opportunities and resources in communities statewide.

The Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention and the programs in the Community Safety Unit are designed to reduce violence, enhance public safety, and improve social and health outcomes within communities across Washington. Through these programs, Commerce prioritizes investment in underserved, historically disadvantaged and vulnerable communities, builds community capacity through engagement, outreach and technical assistance, and uses data validated by our community partners to inform funding decisions. Additional information about firearm-related injury data can be found here.

Community Safety Programs

The Department of Commerce Community Safety program provides a variety of resources and information to enhance community safety for all Washingtonians. It takes all of us collaboratively working together to provide community safety for all.

Select the buttons below to learn more about each of our public safety programs.

Available Funding Opportunities

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Apparent Successful Announcements

Additional Community Resources


Kathleen Harvey, Acting Executive Director
Office of Firearm Safety & Violence Prevention
Community Safety Unit


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