Police cannot be our only answer to public safety. Bringing in crisis intervention, homeless outreach and social workers to work with the police allows officers to focus on dangerous crimes and keep our communities safe. Arresting people for being homeless, struggling with addiction or mental health do not make society safer. It just perpetuates the problems. We must get to the root of the issues instead of putting a Band-Aid on them.
Safe communities have access to quality jobs and housing. Safe communities have quality schools and recreational opportunities. Safe communities have access to mental health, drug and alcohol treatment and medical care.
Use of Force
Our use-of force policies must prioritize the sanctity of life, put limits on the type of force officers can use and under what circumstances, and require strong data collection and reporting.
Civilian review/advisory boards commissions provide external oversight of law enforcement policies and practices
Dozens of municipalities across the country have some type of civilian oversight body. Effective oversight is only possible if oversight bodies are independent from the police department, representative of communities most impacted by police brutality, adequately funded, granted subpoena power, and equipped with full investigatory and disciplinary power.
Our police department should report disaggregated use of force, weapons discharge, pedestrian and traffic stops, complaints, and body-worn camera recording. Comprehensive data collection and reporting policies are crucial for tracking police/community interactions, and they help shed light on discriminatory policing and its impact on communities of color