Safe Streets began as a vision in the heart of Reverend David C. Fulton in 1995. During his time as pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, a senseless murder of a local college student in his congregation occurred. Personally affected by this horrific tragedy, the reality of crime faced him. This single event sparked the beginning of the Safe Streets program. Reverend Fulton’s initial assessment of crime prevention efforts in Topeka revealed an absence of an integrated community mobilization effort for the purpose of reducing and preventing crime and violence. Addressing these community needs became the foundation for the Safe Streets Program.
Initially funded by the city, and housed in Shawnee Regional Prevention and Recovery Services, Safe Streets began as a collaborative effort of the City of Topeka, the Volunteer Center, Trinity Lutheran Church, Shawnee Regional Prevention and Recovery Services and a host of other community agencies. With a vision for “peace in the neighborhood,” a foundation of partnership and its roots in community mobilization, the Safe Streets program took off.
Now, 20 years later, Safe Streets serves Topeka and Shawnee County residents with special emphasis on community mobilization, substance abuse prevention and leadership development -- one citizen at a time. Through neighborhood mobilization, developing community partnerships and working with our youth, Safe Streets works daily to achieve its overall mission.
Today, the Safe Streets program has evolved to include a coalition of members whose main mission is to create a healthier community by addressing crime and other related behaviors through prevention. The members of the Coalition strive to make Topeka and Shawnee County the Safest and Healthiest Capital Community.