Why is this area of government important?
One of Washington state's priorities of government is to improve the safety of people and property. Washington families should be safe and secure in their homes and communities.
We heard from citizens across the state that their highest public safety priorities are reducing the crime rate, reducing repeat criminal offenses, and ensuring emergency responders can communicate during disasters.
What is state government's role?
We can’t prevent catastrophes and disasters – natural or
man-made – but state government can take a number of steps to keep people out of harm's way.
We work to keep Washingtonians safe through activities such as:
- incarcerating and supervising criminal offenders.
- planning for and responding to floods, wildfires, and other disasters.
- inspecting workplaces to reduce the risk of accidents and serious injuries.