While law and order can use an assist from trained teams of street psychologists, eliminating the police completely isn’t as great an idea as progressives think it is. Across America liberal run cities are test piloting teams to replace the police with social workers. CNN has been following one of those teams around and they’re convinced it’s the answer to liberal dreams. Just when it got put to the test in a situation just like one the team was meant to prevent, they called in police for backup. Even with cops on the scene, they didn’t shoot the guy with the bat this time though.
Unarmed law patrols
In the defunded and disarmed world of modern police work, law enforcement officers are viewed as racist pigs who are determined to blast any Black individual they encounter into the afterlife, simply for the color of their skin.
Because such trained killers cannot be allowed to harass bat waving citizens in Target by demanding things like “drop the bat,” new emergency crisis response teams are called out to quietly coax the hallucinating schizophrenics into setting it down nicely. So far, so good, but one of these days a social worker is going to get beat to death with a Louisville Slugger.
More than a dozen Democrat run cities who “defunded” their law enforcement agencies are setting up alternative” or “co-response” programs.
CNN insists that they will “minimize or eliminate the role of police officers responding to 911 calls involving mental health, homelessness, or substance abuse.” The teams are certainly welcome as a first option, police still need to stay handy and ready for action in case anything goes south.
The law and order replacement pilot programs are supposed to “nudge cities along that have already explored this model of 911 response.” CNN notes, a “handful of others are testing out programs on their own.” The experts come from a secret lab in Eugene, Oregon, where they have been breeding them for decades.
Their “program developed 30 years ago is serving as a model for cities across the country.” Liberal mayors are drinking the Kool-Aid in “Albany, New York; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Austin, Texas; Birmingham, Alabama; Saint Paul, Minnesota; Providence, Rhode Island; Louisville, Kentucky; Boston; Chicago; Phoenix; San Antonio; and Seattle.” Surprise, surprise.
Small scale start
The street patrols go through a rigorous eight-week training program. They’re figuring it out as they go and starting small. Law enforcement officers are still standing by in the background in case they’re needed.
“Working through things with support service providers before doing this at scale is important,” admits Naureen Kabir, a senior policy adviser at an anti-gun group. “There’s no great perfect answer to this. But they’re conversations cities need to have.”
Things are still up in the air as the program participants figure out how to “choose which calls to respond to, how to equip workers, level of qualifications needed, whether to build new city agencies or contract the service out, and that’s all before getting to the question of finding money to pay for it.” The pay better be darn good too.
They may be social workers but they’re in as much danger as law enforcement and unarmed besides. That makes it hard for them to get life insurance quotes. There’s “going to be an expectation that they assume the hours and risk that comes with street-level crisis intervention, neither of which are normal in the social services field.” Like a 400 pound naked Samoan high on spice waving a Samurai sword.
LA Chief of Police Michel Moore says these new rookies remind him of the ones doing “gang outreach work” for oh these many decades. “Former gang members use their standing to attempt to mitigate conflicts, but in doing so are putting themselves at some risk.” Chief Moore would rather see an ex-Crip laying his life on the line in a tense meeting with warring gang factions than one of his trained law enforcement officers.
The OG’s looking to pick up some extra money riding round the hood preventing trouble want some recognition. Something to keep them from jumping to the other side and giving the youngsters better ideas on improving their crack distribution sales model for a fee. “There are professionals saying you can’t pay me enough to do that,” Moore explains. “The challenge is going to be, as a society, we gotta stop being cheap when it comes to mental health and safety and realize we’ve relied on police and fire for too long because other professions need to step up and aren’t there.”