What our leaders are saying…

“The Coalition for a Safe Community has been an excellent vehicle to facilitate effective community engagement, and promote public safety, and positive neighborhood relations. With all that is occurring across the country the Coalition is taking the lead in fostering the relationships needed to have a safer community. I am proud to be the Coalition’s co-chair and look forward to continued progress in 2015.”

-Mayor Don Guardian

“The importance of community engagement is underscored because of the seriousness of the times. The Coalition’s efforts to increase engagement is crucial, important, and necessary as we move forward.”

_ Mayor Jesse L. Tweedle, Sr., City of Pleasantville

“As we enter into our 5th year of existence, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the wonderful volunteers of the Coalition for a Safe Community, for another successful year. What we have put together cannot be rivaled anywhere in the State of New Jersey. We at ACPD are eagerly looking forward to partnering with the Coalition in 2015, as we continue to work toward making the communities of Atlantic City and Pleasantville safer for all.”

-Henry M. White Jr., Chief of Police, City of Atlantic City

“As Atlantic City, Pleasantville and all of Atlantic County move through a period of economic difficulty and great challenges, it is more important than ever that law enforcement and the communities which it serves continue to communicate and reach out to each other for support. The Coalition for a Safe Community is at the front of this essential movement and I look forward to a new year of making our community stronger by supporting and participating in its work.”

-James P. McClain, Acting Prosecutors, County of Atlantic

“We appreciate the efforts of the Coalition to strengthen community bonds throughout Atlantic City and now, into the neighboring town of Pleasantville. By working with local groups and leaders as well as our law enforcement partners, you are making a significant difference in the lives of young people throughout the region. We thank you for your ongoing commitment to reducing violence, encouraging positive youth development and providing a positive outlet for families in your area. We look forward to continuing our work with you in 2015.”

-Wanda Moore, Assistant Attorney General, Division of Criminal Justice

This past year, the Coalition for a Safe Community has done a great job of bringing law enforcement and civilians together to better our community. We are so fortunate to have a passionate and driven person like Perry Mays lead this effort.

-New Jersey State Senator Jim Whelan

“The Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Coalition to develop a program, funded by the CRDA, that brought youth together from Pleasantville and Atlantic City for an educational computer class that also provided a laptop upon completion. Working together, these students developed friendships that will last a lifetime. It was rewarding to watch them share ideas and problem-solve; and I look forward to growing the program in 2015.”

-Atlantic County Sheriff Frank X. Balles

“Representing Atlantic City and Pleasantville, I see first-hand the fruits of the hard work of the coalition. The first district needs the coalition to ‘keep on keeping on’.”

-Ernest D. Coursey, First District Freeholder, County of Atlantic