The city of Los Angeles city council agreed to replace police officers with trained crisis professionals to assist with nonviolent calls. The city is also in agreement to defund the police.
Calls that are made to 911 dispatch involving neighbor disputes, substance abuse, and mental health will all be handled by trained crisis responders in each particular area.
This change is very much so needed. It seems as if some police officers aren’t properly trained to handled and/or de-escalate every situation without force. This new developing change allows trained professionals to de-escalate a situation nonviolently.
The new system will be developed by the Chief Legislative Analyst (CLA) and the City Administrative Officer (CAO). The Los Angeles Police Department and the city’s Housing Services Authority will also assist with this initiative.
This step is major! I feel it will be the start of something great and that every city and state should adopt this.