News

March 22, 2018

Norfolk Re-accredited as a Safe Community

The National Safety Council and Safe Communities America congratulate Norfolk, Nebraska, on its reaccreditation as a Safe Community.

Norfolk was first accredited as a Safe Community in 2011. It is the only active Safe Community in the state.

"We are honored to be recognized as a Safe Community by the National Safety Council and proud to have earned the distinction of one of the safest communities in Nebraska,” said Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning. “Ensuring citizens’ safety requires a collaborative effort, and great credit is due to our fire and police divisions and all our public safety officers. The Safe Communities America model sets a high benchmark to attain, and we are pleased to continue to meet the mark."

With the support of a broad coalition that includes business, health and public safety professionals, Norfolk focuses on three areas of injury prevention: older adult falls, teen driving and concussions. It has implemented programs such as tai chi and Teens in the Driver Seat, as well as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports initiative.

The coalition – whose mission is to improve the health, safety and quality of life for residents and visitors through injury analysis and the implementation of programs designed to increase safety and prevent injuries – has been collaborating since 2008.

“The accreditation of Norfolk as a Safe Community highlights the city’s dedication to the health and safety of its residents,” said Carrie Nie, director of Safe Communities America. “Having a local partner like Norfolk that is committed – and cares – about safety can further reduce injuries and deaths in areas of our country.”

For more information about Safe Communities America and the accreditation process, please visit safecommunitiesamerica.org.