W’town CARES (Community Assessment Research) Project- focusing on understanding perceptions of community safety & wellbeing final report available.

CARES Project’s purpose (FINAL REPORT HERE) was to develop a thorough understanding of perceptions of community safety & wellbeing in Williamstown,  in order to provide recommendations to the Town for aligning policies and practices with community needs.

The Williamstown CARES (Community Assessment Research) Project was initiated in late 2020 by the Williamstown Town Manager.

While the project developed in response to national and local discussions on the scope and nature of policing, it focused broadly on topics of safety and wellbeing – rather than narrowly on policing – to establish a deeper understanding of how safety, wellbeing, policing, and other services intersect in Williamstown. Using a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach