We need meaningful police reform for the safety of both our community as well as our police officers. Here are some fair, just and reasonable reforms that can be enacted immediately to improve the culture of policing and our community well-being.
We need to invest in community policing.
Numerous studies show that community policing (working alongside public rec centers, Police Athletic Leagues, structured after school programs, mental health professionals, and diversion programs for at risk youth etc.) play a major role in reducing crime and creating trust within at risk neighborhoods.
Why is City Council only spending $2.5 million out of a $430 million dollar budget on this?
I will work to increase the amount of money we spend on community policing every year for the collective benefit of our officers, neighbors, and city. We need to focus on hiring officers who will serve in their own neighborhoods.
I will work closely with APD to ensure that police officers are assigned to the neighborhoods where they live. This way they can be personally accountable to their neighbors.
Balancing the Budget
We need to conduct an audit of all wasteful administrative spending so that we ensure there are enough resources to hire more police officers, improve training, and increase the amount of funding geared towards community policing without spending a penny more.
Quality and Quantity Matter
We’ve got to ensure that our police are well trained, and that there are enough officers in and around our neighborhoods to respond to calls efficiently and effectively. Mindfulness and comprehensive de-escalation techniques are the keystones of reform.
Independent Review Boards
Officer involved shootings along with other allegations of police brutality, racial profiling, etc. need to be investigated by an impartially objective 3rd party in order to determine the best course of action for dealing with any allegation of misconduct.
Amazingly, City Council is so unimpressed with the latest figures on criminal behavior that they’ve decided to cut over 100 officer positions and funding for officer trainings by over 10 million dollars despite:
10% More Property Crimes
15% More Aggravated Assaults
21% Increase of Auto Thefts
40% Increase in Vagrancy
If you support common sense reform
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