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Defund the Police: Kentucky Style

   Imagine a small town in KY, was being a good steward of their own finances and knew that they could not afford to hire / train more police.   The City decided that it was less expensive to hire a social worker instead.   

 

Fast forward 4 years,  cost savings still happening.    Jailing of people down 15% and a drop in 911 calls.    Imagine that.   https://www.wave3.com/2020/07/28/kentucky-town-hires-social-workers-instead-more-officers-results-ar...

 

   RW scream in ignorance about 'defunding' the police.   Weird how they scream in ignorance, as few are calling to do away with police ( well except some Cities that want a do-over because of PU's)      Equally weird as they are very comfortable with the FED funding for the uber wealthy and denying people in small communities such as this KY town money on which to survive.

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@afisher wrote:

   Imagine a small town in KY, was being a good steward of their own finances and knew that they could not afford to hire / train more police.   The City decided that it was less expensive to hire a social worker instead.   

 

Fast forward 4 years,  cost savings still happening.    Jailing of people down 15% and a drop in 911 calls.    Imagine that.   https://www.wave3.com/2020/07/28/kentucky-town-hires-social-workers-instead-more-officers-results-ar...

 

   RW scream in ignorance about 'defunding' the police.   Weird how they scream in ignorance, as few are calling to do away with police ( well except some Cities that want a do-over because of PU's)      Equally weird as they are very comfortable with the FED funding for the uber wealthy and denying people in small communities such as this KY town money on which to survive.


Yep "scream with ignorance" is right. Either that or not comment at all because they know what the truth is about the slogan  "defund the police". It simply means spend the funding differently, in a more efficient and productive way. Spend it in a way that actually serves the community instead of approaching things as a police state.

 

It's no wonder there have been no comments from trump supporters on this article.  I live in Kentucky and this works. From the article:  

 

“It was close to a $45,000 to $50,000 annual savings from hiring a police officer the first time to hiring a social worker,” Ward said. “They (police social workers) started solving problems for people in our community and for our agency that we’ve never been able to solve before.”

Ward believes the results in Alexandria, a city of less than 10,000, could be replicated in larger cities like Louisville, where officers respond to calls involving mental health, domestic disturbances, and homelessness an average of once every 10 minutes.

“Louisville is very big with services,” Pompilio said. “They have lots of things to offer families. It’s just a matter of a social worker connecting.”

 

There is a push to start doing this in Kentucky and in Lexington, two of the three largest cities in the state. The resistance is naturally from the redneck right. 

 

Although I thought that we had, we learned nothing from Kent State, we simply allowed things to progress to where we now have a POTUS and many in support of using "federal agents" dressed in camouflage and full military gear to squelch America's citizens protesting social injustices. We are arming our police forces with military equipment and turning many areas into isolated police states.

 

"Defunding the police" the way this small town in Kentucky has should be used as a model to change the approach of policing in America.


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