Regarding safety issues, we again relied on statistics provided by a variety of sources covering crime rates, motor vehicle safety, juvenile crime, use of alcohol and drugs, and response times for fire and emergency medical services.
How are we doing?
In defining health, it is hard to avoid descriptions of illness. Indeed, this report documents the relative prevalence of numerous diseases in Tuolumne County. Health represents a state of functioning by which our bodies and communities operate not necessarily illness-free, but at peak efficiency. We cannot expect to achieve absence of illness, but we can hope to develop a community of individuals who are able to cope with the challenges that must be faced as human beings in society, thereby being as productive as possible.
Law enforcement and fire protection cover a broad range of services, which taken together and if generally successful should make people feel safe in their own homes and neighborhoods. Statistics show that we are lower than the state average in some crime classifications, and higher in others. Law officers are using grant dollars to augment their procedures and increase staffing. Working with our youth is of primary concern to all law enforcement.