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 Public 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.
News and Announcements
- Extreme Risk Protection Orders – Washington State
- Suicide Prevention in Washington
- Crisis Connections
- Washington State Safe Kids Coalition
- Firearms Law FAQ | Washington State Attorney General’s Office
- Harborview Three Interventions Toolkit: Firearm Safe Storage, Voluntary Waiver of Firearm Rights, & Extreme Risk Protection Order
Office of Firearm Safety & Violence Prevention | Public Safety Unit
Public Safety Programs
The Legislature created the Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention in 2020 to provide statewide leadership, coordination and technical assistance to promote effective state and local efforts to reduce preventable injuries and deaths from firearm violence. The office works with government entities, law enforcement agencies, community-based organizations and individuals through the state to implement evidence-based policies, strategies and interventions to reduce the impacts of firearm violence in Washington’s communities.
The Washington Legislature created the Community-Law Enforcement Partnership (CLEP) program in 2021 to foster community engagement through neighborhood organizing, law enforcement and community partnerships, youth mobilization, and business engagement. (RCW 43.330.545) The work is intended to mobilize communities to insist on equitable and accountable practices resulting in community participation in public safety efforts and establishing cooperative lines of communication between civilians and law enforcement.
Commerce’s Dispute Resolution Program provides funding to support the delivery of dispute resolution services across the state. Dispute Resolution Centers provide a range of programs to communities, including trauma-informed services supporting housing stability, family stability, and youth and community restorative practices focusing on equity.
The Financial Fraud and Identity Theft Task Forces investigate financial fraud and identity theft cases, emphasizing larger and more complex regional, multi-jurisdictional cases, including multiple suspects.
Task Force members include federal, state, county, and local law enforcement representatives and financial industry investigators dedicated to addressing financial fraud impacts on the private sector.
Local agencies receive funding from the JAG program to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system with special emphasis on drug control, violent crime and serious offenders. The purpose is to provide funds for programs that fall into the following categories: law enforcement, prosecution, courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation, technology improvement, crime victim and witness initiatives, and mental health programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams.